This week we are celebrating the wonderful women at The Weather Channel! Not only are they strong and smart scientists, but they are also an inspiration to millions of females who are in, or will be, working in STEM fields.
Alex Wilson joined The Weather Channel in March 2013. Previously, she worked as the morning meteorologist on WHNS-TV/FOX Carolina (Greenville, SC) beginning March 2010. Alexandra also worked as a meteorologist at WOWK-TV and WVNS-TV in Huntington, WV for two years.
Alex grew up in Macungie, PA, and studied at Syracuse University and Penn State University. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in both broadcast journalism and marketing from Syracuse University in May 2006. In December 2007, she graduated with distinction from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology.
Alex holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society (#357). At Penn State, she was awarded the AMS John R. Hope Endowed Scholarship in Atmospheric Science (endowed by The Weather Channel), the Joel N. and Peggy Myers Scholarship in Meteorology (from the PSU Department of Meteorology) and the John and Elizabeth Holmes Teas Scholarship (from the PSU College of Earth and Mineral Sciences). At Syracuse, she was awarded the Chauncey D. Holmes Award for excellence in Geology, and was honored as one of the top seniors in the Whitman School of Management (Whitman Scholar).
We asked The Weather Channel’s female on-camera meteorologists to answer questions about their fellow co-worker, and this is what they had to say about the bubbly meteorologist we all know and love, Alex Wilson.
1. What do you admire most about Alex Wilson?
Her sense of humor. It makes her fun and interesting to watch on TV (and even better to be friends with!). Before you know it, you’re smiling AND learning about meteorology. – Maria LaRosa
2. What’s something you’ve learned from Alex Wilson?
There’s no such thing as being over prepared for field work. I saw this firsthand shadowing Alex during Winter Storm Grayson, I love how organized she is! – Liana Brackett
3. How is Alex Wilson an inspiration to other females interested in weather and science?
Alex started in a different major in college and then decided to switch to meteorology. Meteorology is NOT easy, and I really admire her ability to not only make that transition, but to have had so much success in doing so!! It shows true determine and drive, and what’s awesome about Alex is that she shares that determination and drive with other people, encouraging them toward their own success. – Dr. Erika Navarro
4. What makes Alex Wilson unique?
I love it when I get to work with Alex Wilson. She is always upbeat, and just a lot of fun. She is quick on her feet, a great ad-libber, and when she’s happy, it just rubs off on you too! – Kelly Cass
5. Why is Alex Wilson an integral part to The Weather Channel family?
Alex Wilson brings a lot of fun and science to The Weather Channel family. Her down to earth style helps people understand complicated topics. – Jen Carfagno
6. Alex Wilson is a role model in the meteorology field because…
Alex is a role model in meteorology, because she’s passionate about not only protecting people from severe weather, but animals too! Pets are family for so many and they depend on us to keep them safe. Alex makes sure people know how best to do that! – Stephanie Abrams
If you couldn’t tell, Alex Wilson is not only an intelligent and talented meteorologist, but also someone who exudes positivity and kindness, and what’s a better combination than that? To say The Weather Channel is lucky to have her on the team is a huge understatement.