I always had lots questions about the weather. Why is it snowing? How do hurricanes form? But it was the tornado that rumbled through my childhood Raleigh home that really peaked my interest. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Atmospheric Science.

A few years later, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. With my degree, I landed my first job at a Fox station in Macon, GA. Tropical storms, flooding rains, tornadoes and drought were some of the weather features that provided a challenge.

Spending four years in Macon can make a North Carolina native home sick. That’s why I am glad to be back in North Carolina, working for Fox 8. Away from work, I like to chase severe thunderstorms, track hurricanes, and hope that one-day NC State gets a good basketball team and cheer loudly for the NC State football team.

Recent Articles
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    GREENSBORO, N.C. — With maps scattered across a ballroom, supporters and designers of Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway want to ensure they are building a pathway people want to use. “We have a lot of choices in terms of how we were addressing intersections and road crossings,” Downtown Greenway Project Manager Dabney Sanders said. “We took all the feedback we received before and made decisions on that public feedback.” On Tuesday the Greensboro Department of Transportation, Action Greensboro and desingers from Kimley-Horn […]

  • Randolph County apprenticeship program gives students hands-on training

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Monday was the first day on the job for Jonathan Mroczkowski. He’s hoping his first day is the beginning of a long career at Asheboro’s Jaeco Precision. “I do plan on staying here with my company because it’s what’s training me up. It’s kind of a loyalty thing there,” Mroczkowski said. But get this. Mroczkowski is just a Senior at Randolph Early College. But it’s his work ethic along with math and science skills plus attention to […]

  • Winston-Salem firefighter is NC Firefighter of the Year

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  • Cal Ripken World Series great for Clemmons businesses

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  • UNCG, GTCC, ACC announce new partnership

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Educators and staff from three Piedmont institutions are celebrating a new partnership. “This is one of the most incredible innovations that I know of to increase access for students,” Alamance Community College President Dr. Algie Gatewood said. Alamance Community College, Guilford Technical Community College and UNC Greensboro are coming together so students can finish their education at UNCG. “Spartan Passage,” the ACC/UNCG partnership, allows full-time Alamance Community College students to continue an accelerated master’s program at UNCG. […]

  • High Point Community Against Violence competing for grant

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point Community Against Violence is competing for a $1,000 Truliant mini-grant. Community Against Violence says the money will help them continue their mission. “It’s just a fact people can change and people do change and that’s what’s this is all about,'” High Point Community Against Violence Executive Director Jim Summey said. High Point Community Against Violence provides counseling and job training skills to violent offenders identified by the High Point police, giving those folks a […]

  • Local services work to help older Davidson County residents

    LEXINGTON, N.C. – Donna Mashburn is the executive director of the Pastor’s Pantry in Lexington. For her team, a busy morning is a good thing. “We cannot operate without contributions and support from the community,” she said. A group is dropping off bags of canned goods at the food pantry that serves Davidson County residents that are 60 years old or older. But recently, Mashburn says donations have been trending in the wrong direction. “Food donations, food drives have been […]

  • Volunteers promote fitness and community at Andrews High School

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Local and corporate volunteers are working together to bring Andrews High School’s two-year dream to life. “We are seeing some of those dreams become reality today,” said David Miller, former Andrews principal and current Guilford County Schools director of community engagement. “It’s an answer to a prayer and it’s going to help the students.” The volunteers are a part of the Team 8 tour. Team 8 is a campaign that encourages volunteers to work together to […]

  • Hospice of Davidson County creating pediatric program

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  • Future Emergency Response Heroes Camp held in Davidson County

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  • ABSS, ACC partner to create Medical Bridge Summer Camp

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  • Orange Card Fresh Food Access Program continues in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A $7,500 grant from Cone Health and Cone Health Foundation will allow folks like Jennie Bethea to continue to buy fresh vegetables and fruit from the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. “I will continue going because I like the benefits they give you,” Bethea said. “All the fresh things you can receive.” The grant funds the Orange Card Fresh Food Access Program through November. The program is a partnership between the Guilford Community Care Network and the Greensboro […]