After two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I really consider this region my adopted home. I’ve been working in news in Washington and Oregon since 1994 and every day I feel like I see some scenery that’s just too pretty to be real for my Midwestern eyes. I studied journalism at the University of Kansas and meteorology at Mississippi State University. I also took the Master Gardener classes through Oregon State University’s Portland Metro Extension office.

Believe it or not, I love the weather here in the Northwest. I like Seattle because of the rain, not in spite of it. My favorite season is fall and the days with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine are among my most favorite — luckily, we have a lot of those here. My partner Ryan and I live on Capitol Hill and have two dogs — Hugo and Gladys.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
My sense of humor and sarcasm, but people are also discovering how handy the random fact database in my head can be. People also have started coming to me with a lot of gardening questions.

What keeps me going…
Lots and lots of coffee. I also have a really good alarm clock to make sure that I can get going on time.

I give back to my community by…
Helping teach low-income Northwest families how to grow a portion of their own food. I’m on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that inspires and educates on our local food system.

My greatest TV moment…
Any time that I can nail correctly the snowfall several days out – it is the trickiest weather to predict here due to our proximity to the mild Pacific Ocean. In reporting, my greatest moment would be when I covered the story of a little autistic boy who was lost in the woods near his Oregon home. The six-year-old didn’t have the ability to yell for Search & Rescue teams looking for him that cold winter night. The family’s dogs stuck with the boy and kept him warm overnight and then barked to alert the searchers when they resumed their search in the morning.

TV moments I’d like to forget…
Stories about human tragedy. I covered the high school shootings at Thurston High School outside of Eugene, Ore., where four people died and 26 were injured. Being a meteorologist and reporter, I’m often sent to places where Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on people’s lives – from wildfires to mudslides, I’ve seen all sorts of wild weather. I’ll never forget the terrible 1997 Willamette River floods nor the devastating wind storms of 2007 when there were wind gusts of 125 mph on the Oregon Coast or being on-air for the 2008 Vancouver, Wash., tornado.

If I had free time, I would…
Travel more, I love to travel and see the world. Every year I try to visit one place on the planet I’ve never been to, and one place in the Northwest I have not visited. Last year included: Italy and Iceland; locally Enumclaw, Lake Tapps and the whole South Washington Coast. Out of 50 states, I’ve visited 34. I’ve been as far east as Berlin, as far south as Hawai’i, as far north as Reykjavik and as far west as Nagasaki.

Recent Articles
  • Olympia: Capital of cold

    OLYMPIA, Wash.–  You see it every morning that you tune into Q13 News This Morning — and if you live in the South Sound you certainly feel it every morning. The Capital City gets a little colder, a little frostier, and a little foggier than other surrounding areas in the Puget Sound region. On average, Olympia is colder than cities like Tacoma and Seattle in the winter and a bit warmer in the summer, too. The coldest morning every in […]

  • Winter Storm: Will my outdoor plants survive?

    I’ve been asked by a lot of folks about their plants and gardens with this cold weather and incoming snow. Well some good and bad news — though mostly it’s good. Your early blooming plants like daffodils, crocuses, and tulips all can handle the cold weather very easily. Being the first flowers of spring — they’re really hearty. In fact, the cut varieties of these flowers seem to even last longer when you put them in a vase with ice […]

  • What’s the REAL story behind Groundhog Day?

    If you've ever wondered why America obsesses over a small hibernating creature every February 2nd, you're not alone.

  • Time for a break in our stormy December weather pattern

    SEATTLE — After a bit of a wet Wednesday and a pretty soggy evening commute– we’re drying things out for a bit. Even the snow in the mountains has been easing up in the last few hours. The chain requirement has been lifted on Snoqualmie Pass as the heavier snowfall has tapered off. Traction tires are advised, but not required for I-90. Snow and slush on the roadway with overcast skies. Winter Weather Advisory continues until 4am, but may be […]

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    Warm rain brings avalanche warning to parts of the Cascades

    SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash.– After a week of storms blanketed the high Cascades with tons of snow– it’s now raining on and off up at Snoqualmie Pass. The precipitation turns back to snow as temperatures drop overnight. It’ll melt a touch tomorrow in areas that see some breaks of sun before more snow falls over the weekend. That’s the kind of beginning of season condition that will make for an unstable snow pack and the threat of avalanches remain high for […]

  • Viaduct closure: The countdown is on to the ‘Seattle Squeeze’

    SEATTLE– Some soaking late November rains and the upper deck of the cracked and slowly crumbling and sinking Alaskan Way Viaduct is visibly jammed with bumper to bumper cars. Hard to believe in roughly 40 days we’ll be looking back on days like this as “the good old days.” But, the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming soon. On Jan. 11, 90,000 commuters will be forced into different routes or modes of transit. For the first three weeks […]

  • Viaduct closure: Finding alternatives is challenging for certain businesses, neighborhoods

    SEATTLE — With only 42 days until the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes, many people are bracing themselves for epic traffic problems during what will be the longest and biggest highway closure in Seattle history. While options are growing for ways to handle the roughly three weeks between viaduct closure and new 99 tunnel opening, these options don’t work equally well for everyone in every neighborhood. “I think it’s going to be a real twisted knot of cars on the road,” […]

  • ‘It’s the giving part of Thanksgiving’: Delivering holiday cheer to hundreds of seniors is no small task

    EVERETT, Wash. — Hundreds of seniors in Snohomish County are enjoying turkey dinners at home. It’s all thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers that make it happen not just on Thanksgiving, but 12 months a year. “Happy Thanksgiving!” says volunteer Jane Slager with many bags in hand. “You remember me?” Jane is a volunteer with Homage Senior Services. She asked for this family to be on her route of meal drop-offs. She used to bring them Meals On […]

  • Travel troubles: Winter arrives in Cascades just in time for Thanksgiving, Apple Cup

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. — The snow is light and fluffy and starts to stick in the parking lot at Stevens Pass Ski Area. Most of the ski slopes are barren– and the resort itself is completely shuttered still. It’s late Wednesday morning on one of the busiest travel days of the year and traffic is brisk on the slushy road surface of U.S. Highway 2. What’s falling here is not a lot of snow, but what’s notable is that these […]

  • ‘Freedom to buy books:’ 100 Seattle high school students get gift of literacy

    SEATTLE– It’s a slow weekday morning at Elliot Bay Bookstore on Capitol Hill. As least until the quiet is broken when a yellow school bus pulls up in front along 10th Avenue and 100 teenagers from Garfield High school file through the double entry doors. This is a special treat for these students. While it’s a shopping spree that only lasts a few hours– the real gift for these lucky students could last their whole lives. “Reading is something that […]

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