Katie Walls joined the WINK Skytracker Weather team in June 2011. Prior to moving to sunny southwest Florida, Katie served as one of the meteorologists at WSIL in southern Illinois for two years.
Born and raised in wild and wonderful West Virginia, Katie has always had a passion for weather. She remembers crippling blizzards and devastating floods in her hometown of Lewisburg. Her drive to understand the science behind the weather led to a career in meteorology.
Graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Katie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2007. (Fun fact about Katie: She was a performer in the Florida State Flying High Circus!) After her stint in Tallahassee, she attended Penn State University for her Master of Science degree in Meteorology and focused her thesis on flooding. While at PSU she honed her forecasting skills and was one of the meteorologists on the state-wide show, Weather World.
In 2010 Katie was awarded the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation by the American Meteorological Society. This award is given to degreed meteorologists who exhibit extensive weather knowledge and communication skills.
Katie enjoys SCUBA diving and spending time with husband, Ryan, a reporter for WINK.
Email Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Animal Refuge Center's 2nd Annual Casino Night is just around the corner and it's not too late to purchase tickets! And, in honor of St. Cat-rick's Day, black cat adoptions in March will be just $26.
The Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) is in need of volunteers and foster families to care for dogs before they find their "forever" homes.
'Tis the season for red tide and another red visitor is washing ashore, red drift algae. Some algae are normal but excessive amounts could be plaguing area beaches in 2014.