Category: Huffington Notes

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“Look at Her Now!”

“Look at her now!”  This was how a viewer recently spoke to me about the progress one of our “MITS” (Meteorologists in Training) has made on WRUF-TV. It is with great joy – although bittersweet – we congratulate Brittany Van Voorhees on accepting an offer from WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  She will begin August 13 as a weekend...

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She Will Always Be Our Freshman

  Rebecca Kopelman will always be a freshman to me. I mean absolutely no disrespect when I say that. She is the first student to graduate from the UF  College of Journalism and Communications as an active member of the UF Weather Team since her freshman year. Rebecca walked in to Studio 1 of Weimer Hall with zero experience in...

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Congratulations Sean!

I have some great (albeit bittersweet) news to pass along. UF Forecaster Sean Bellafiore has accepted a position as full-time weather anchor for KWTX-TV, a CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas (market 87). Sean’s last day with our team will be October 23 and he starts at KWTX on November 2. When I first saw Sean audition, I almost wanted to...

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UF Alum Report on Historic Flooding in Carolinas

Former UF Weather Forecasters Lauren Olesky, Kaitlyn McGrath and Lauren Rautenkranz spent the weekend covering the historic flooding in South and North Carolina. Kaitlyn sent me a note early Monday saying her interactions with her audience have proved invaluable during this time of need, “[Social media] is such a critical resource during events like this. It’s a way for the...

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UF Weather Congratulates Kaitlyn on Top 30 Market Job!

We are pleased to announce that former Meteorologist in Training (MIT) Kaitlyn McGrath will be working from a top 30 market in New England in just a few weeks. She has accepted a position as full-time weather anchor with NBC Connecticut in Hartford. Kaitlyn graduate from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in 2014 and is currently the...

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Sean Wins 1st Place BEA Award

Congratulations to UF Forecaster Sean Bellafiore on placing 1st in the “TV News” division of the 2015 BEA Festival of Arts competition.  He has the opportunity to accept his award in Las Vegas during the festival on April 6.  His “Spooky Cold Halloween” presentation was one that he created all on his own, from forecasting the numbers to drawing the...

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FPREN Wins State Award

The UF College of Journalism and Communications was presented with the 2015 Distinguished Service Media Award from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association for our efforts to keep Florida’s residents and visitors informed of potential weather hazards from the new Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Storm Center.  Randy, Reed, Brad and Jeff accepted the award on the college’s behalf a few...

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UF CJC is a Force of Nature

The Division of Media Properties was recently recognized by NOAA as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.  Special thanks goes out to Meteorologist Marithza Calderon for her efforts in the application and approval process, as she has worked closely with UF Public Safety and UFPD to obtain this status. The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) initiative began in 2011 as a response to deadly tornadoes that...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Green is sometimes the term used to describe someone not very experienced at what they do. I find it fitting that we have a very large wall in our studio painted the same color. It’s not easy to knock that ‘green wall’ down as a student, especially when you are expected to perform in a professional setting. Many of the...

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Hurricane Season 2015: Ready or Not

It’s a countdown clock that we post every year on our Forecast Backstage.  No, not until the start of spring (although many are eager for that also). It’s June 1st, the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  What’s sometimes a misnomer is that there is always a storm to track on the first day, or even the first few...