Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with aviation, seeing jets screech by is what started it, so my dream had always been to be a pilot. Sadly I wasn’t able to follow that path, but I did discover that I had a passion for physical sciences. I grew up primarily in the Chicago land area, with a move to North Carolina and Mexico when I was younger, and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2 hours south. When first accepted there, I was initially a physics major as I’d liked it during high school but found I wasn’t as interested in it as I’d been before, but still wanted to do something in science. I’d taken a meteorology course before when prepping to be a pilot, so I decided to search it out again when looking for something else. I discovered a very dedicated community and was instantly hooked. And that’s how I ended up with a Bachelor’s in Atmospheric Sciences in 2019.
Having lived most of my life in the Midwest and done most of my college studies here, I’m pretty familiar with the weather that Iowa has to give. While in school I had an internship and the local ABC affiliate station. My internship lasted 7 months and had me see everything, from snow to heavy rainstorms that caused flooding and even being in a news room when tornadoes occurred. One of my trainers actually went to school with KCAU’s Chief Meteorologist. There I learned to present weather on-air and create effective forecast that could be used to help people know what was coming. Afterward I moved to Austin, TX briefly, before getting the opportunity to start my career here at KCAU 9.
I’m an avid reader, having always gotten the free six flags ticket that was given away for reading in elementary school. Some of my favorite series include The Wheel of Time, Game of Thrones, and The Dresden Files. While in school, I bartended to help get through, and grew to really like the craft beer market and have since gone out to over 40 microbreweries and am always looking for new great places to try. I also adopted an australian cattle dog in order to be more active and outdoorsy, and she delivered by being a bundle of energy. We’ve trained enough to be able to qualify for a few titles from the American Kennel Club and participated in Frisbee sports with her. We’re out and about pretty regularly, whether that’s out camping, hitting the trails and parks, or just around the block tossing a Frisbee. We hope to meet you and become a part of Siouxland community.