I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was just a little kid in Frankfort watching The Weather Channel and the local meteorologists from Louisville and Lexington. Whenever severe weather was in the forecast, I was glued to the TV waiting to see where the storms would go. I noticed how the TV meteorologists were always re-assuring and trying to make sure the information was accurate without scaring viewers. It was then that I knew I wanted to do that for a living, though I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that someone who had an uncle and father work in radio would want to go into TV!
After graduating from Western Hills High School in Frankfort in 2015, I attended Western Kentucky University, where I majored in meteorology and minored in broadcasting. While at WKU I had the opportunity to be a weather anchor on the student-run NewsChannel 12 broadcast, which helped me hone my skills in the broadcast field. I was also able to be part of the WKU Storm Chase trip in 2018, which allowed me to gain experience forecasting nature's worst storms. Also while at WKU, I was a member of the university's "White Squirrel Weather" forecasting team, helping to forecast for university athletic events and severe weather events. I also had the opportunity to work on a popular weather blog in the region for more than three and a half years, honing my forecast skills as well as communicating through graphics.
After two summers interning at the Frankfort Plant Board back home working with the public access TV channel there, I interned both behind the scenes and on-air at WNKY, the NBC/CBS affiliate in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I also volunteered at the National Weather Service office in Louisville during the summer of 2019.
I am excited to move to Hazard and forecast for the mountains! But when I'm not forecasting, I enjoy keeping up with the news, watching sports (especially my beloved Cincinnati Reds), playing video games (often with friends) or just being lazy and watching some good old-fashioned TV.