All Local Veterans’ Week on Q13 News

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
  • Giant Seattle warehouse blaze ruled arson

    SEATTLE — Fire investigators now say the large fire last Saturday at a lumber yard near Seattle Pacific University was arson. The massive fire is still smoldering days later, while investigators try to find at who’s responsible. In a Tuesday afternoon news conference in front of the smoldering remains, Seattle’s top fire official wasn’t sharing many details of the on-going investigation. “The magnitude of that fire was significant,” Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said. Scoggins said that in less than […]

  • A year after destructive erosion, small town gets heavy protection from Skagit River

    LYMAN, Wash. – The soggy season is definitely here in Western Washington. That means for many communities the threat of flooding returns. It was 12 months ago when houses in the small town of Lyman in Skagit County hung on the brink of disaster because of fast moving, high water. The Army Corps of Engineers says last November’s flooding along the Skagit could have been much worse. This year, the Corps is able to take some preventative action to keep […]

  • Booming Bethel school district hoping voters say ‘yes’ to new and expanded schools

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash.– Educators and Parents in the Bethel School District in Pierce County are hoping the fourth time is the charm when it comes to a construction bond on the ballot next week. The $443 million bond would build three new schools and renovate and expand several more in a rapidly growing part of Western Washington. But, they’re already taking some pretty serious measures to combat the classroom overcrowding. The Assistant Principal at Thompson Elementary fusses with the sign […]

  • Snohomish pastor and teacher in jail, accused of shooting indecent videos of students, staff

    EVERETT, Wash.–  An educator and pastor in Snohomish County is behind bars while a criminal investigation for allegedly gathering indecent video of students and faculty without them knowing it. The county prosecutor says he fears there could be dozens more victims. The 61-year-old educator went before a judge for the first time in Everett on Tuesday afternoon. Q13 News is not identifying the suspect by name or image until he is formally arraigned on his only charge so far – […]

  • ‘This is my way of keeping them alive in my heart’: Centralia Dad brings tragic lessons to classroom

    Brad Tower is helping this class brainstorm a project to start a fire safety campaign at their school. "This is the first time that I've come and talked in public about the details of the fire."

  • Peak fall colors likely to dazzle in the NW this year

    Washington might be the Evergreen State, but there's plenty of fall foliage to enjoy. From now until the first week of November is when leaf colors peak in the lowlands of Western Washington, but weather conditions will likely make this year's color more vibrant than usual.

  • Highway 99 tunnel tolls set; first several months will be free

    Driving through the new Highway 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle might not be cheap. But the hope is that it will save commuters time.

  • More mild fall weather in store: 60s today, 70s tomorrow?

    Sunday was just an incredible fall day! High temperatures normally top out near 60, but instead, we’re riding a bit of a warm wave with highs soaring into the mid to upper 60s and yes some of us hit 71 today like Kelso and Vancouver topped out at 70. That’s 10-11 degrees above the seasonal average this afternoon. Sunday was also the latest on the calendar that we’ve ever gotten up to 80 degrees. A strong ridge of high pressure […]

  • Natural gas disruption over; trash and transit services returning to normal

    Early Thursday afternoon service was restored for natural gas users large and small around the region following the Tuesday pipeline explosion in British Columbia, Canada.

  • Hundreds of live chickens missing in Skagit County; farmers say it’s no yolk

    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — Hundreds of live chickens and other livestock are turning up missing from farms in Skagit County, costing farmers thousands of dollars. But loyal customers are coming to the rescue. Farmers George and Eiko Vojkovich own a 60-acre farm along the Skagit River. The couple told Q13 News that over the course of months, nearly 1,000 chickens were stolen from their hen house. Neighbors are reporting stolen chickens and livestock, too. Many of the stolen hens are showing up […]