Juliana Mejia joined the WINK News team as a Bilingual Meteorologist in June of 2022. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
While still in college, during the summer leading into her senior year, she worked part-time as an on-air meteorologist for KCCI Des Moines, IA.
For her senior capstone research project, she and her collaborators studied the psychological attunement and understanding of extreme weather of the Hispanic/Latinx communities in the United States. They successfully expanded the scope of their research beyond the class project, obtaining two significant research grants to conduct paid surveys of over 1000 Spanish speakers nationwide. This research is her passion project as it is the crossroads of her personal and professional goals of improving weather communication for one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.
Their research was accepted for presentation at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 49th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/Sixth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication in June of 2022.
Being one of the few minority students in her class in the School of Meteorology, Juliana hopes to inspire young students and see more minorities in STEM and meteorology in the future.
Her other interests include staying active by working out, spending time outdoors and rock-climbing, singing, playing ukulele or piano, reading (mostly science fiction novels), watercolor painting, and traveling!