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
  • Keeping swimmers safe is a challenging mission for Pierce County Swim Safe program

    While the waters of Lake Tapps look cool and inviting they have a tragic history of being very deadly.

  • Future of Lake Tapps looks spectacularly soggy

    The boat cruises by with smiling faces aboard as it skips across the flat water of Lake Tapps. While you might visit Lake Tapps regularly for boating or swimming, there’s more to this body of water than meets the eye.

  • Northwest company develops ‘plant sunscreen’ to combat our climate crisis

    SEATTLE–  A northwest company says one of the solutions to our growing climate crisis is right here in front of our eyes– every single day. Oregon-based Solbere says we don’t need to plant more trees, though that would help too. They say we just have to make the plants all around us work better and more efficiently. Their product works like a sunscreen. Their data shows it improves plant health and crop productivity too– and it’s already being used on […]

  • Gardening with Tim: What’s the trick to gardening in small spaces?

    Gardening season is here, and those of us who live in smaller spaces don’t need to feel left out. As meteorologist and master gardener Tim Joyce shows us, there’s plenty to plant and grow on porches, patios and windowsills that can exercise that green thumb this spring and summer. Tim talked to Tim Pitz from Watson’s in Puyallup about gardening in small spaces.

  • Showers ahead, but weather improves by Memorial Day

    Some rain showers are in the forecast, but Q13 News meteorologists say the sun will come out in time for Memorial Day.

  • Everett rain gardens offer solutions to pollution

    EVERETT, Wash.– “Both of them are funneled then into the pipe that discharges into the rain garden,” says Sharyn Gerhardt. She’s pointing towards the downspout off the roof that disappears underground. Gerhardt loves to show off the newest landscape features at her Everett home. “It absorbs that water, so that water isn’t going to overload our storm drains. That’s one of the reasons to have a rain garden. Most people think there’s going to be a pond there — there […]

  • Life is not-so-sweet for Washington raspberry growers right now

    WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Half circles of leafy green beauty, arching up about seven feet high and stretching into the distance nearly as far as the eye can see. Don’t call them vines though, they’re canes. By the summer, they’ll hold one of the sweetest natural treats you’ll find: Washington red raspberries. But the tiny fruit is having some big problems. A huge portion of the U.S. raspberries are grown here in the far northern corner of the state. Financial, […]

  • A sleeping giant: Beautiful Mt. Baker considered a ‘very high threat’ for eruption

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — “Mountains are unpredictable, and there’s no guarantee of anything,” says John Gargett. He’s sitting in a massive empty room with rows and rows of empty computer docking stations. Gargett is talking about Washington’s third highest peak, Mt. Baker, which sits on the ridge line of many communities in Whatcom and Skagit counties and southern British Columbia, too. It is most well-known as holding the record for the snowiest spot in North America, but Mt. Baker is more […]

  • ‘Extinction is not an option’: Head of Salmon Recovery Office optimistic about recovery efforts

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — “We need to invest in keeping that environment, and it doesn’t come free,” says Erik Neatherlin in his blank-walled office. When we talked to him in April, he could count his time running the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office in hours. Now, he’s got a new gig: implementing federally approved recovery plans for endangered and threatened steelhead, salmon and bull trout through coordinating the efforts of 25 community-based watershed groups in the state, along with seven regional organizations. […]

  • Tracking endangered steelhead producing answers and more questions about long-term survival

    With giant buckets of cold Nisqually River water and some smaller bins to hold fish, Megan Moore is assembling a field surgical ward outside of the small town of Yelm.

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