I am an Okie through and through. I grew up in the small town of Kiefer, in northeast Oklahoma, where I took pleasure in all aspects of small town life.
Growing up I was always fascinated with the sky, lightning, hail, and yes, tornadoes. As a kid, I remembers lying on a quilt with my mom and watching the clouds pass overhead while debating what animals and shapes they resembled. I would run out in the yard with my dad as soon as storms had passed by to pick up hailstones to measure, and then stick them in the freezer. Then, there's the other end of the spectrum, the dangerous and potentially deadly side to weather. There were the eerie sounds of tornado sirens and the moments when my family and I would bury ourselves in the closet under mattresses and pillows. It was in those moments that I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wanted to be a meteorologist where I could study the atmosphere every day and share my passion of weather with others.
I attended the University of Oklahoma, where I earned my bachelor's degree in Meteorology and minored in both Broadcast Journalism and Mathematics. While attending OU, I interned at NEWS9 and learned the ropes from some of the best in the business.
My first job landed me in Sioux City, IA where I became the weekday morning meteorologist on KMEG 14 News at Sunrise. While at KMEG I forecasted for the tri-state area of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. I covered everything from blizzards, to droughts, floods, and tornadoes, including the April 9, 2011 tornado that destroyed 60% of the town of Mapleton, IA.
After time away from home, I feels so blessed to have made it back to my roots and back to Oklahoma. I am honored to be a member of the News9 Weather Team as the evening Weather Producer and on-air Meteorologist.
When I'm not in the weather center, I like to spend time with my husband Tyler, and our two dogs; Koda and Hallie, and the rest of my amazing family. I also enjoys anything outdoors: hunting and fishing, shopping, taking random road trips, and of course storm chasing.