Jacqui Jeras is an award-winning, veteran on-camera meteorologist who started at The Weather Channel as a freelancer in 2016 and joined the network full time in April of 2019. Jacqui has experience working at both the national and local level. She prepares and forecasts weekday afternoons on Weather Center Live and also reports from the field.
Jacqui is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a distinction she earned through the American Meteorological Society. She also has a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association where she has served as a Councilor and Recertification Chair. She currently mentors students.
Before joining The Weather Channel, Jacqui worked in Washington, D.C. as the morning meteorologist at the ABC affiliate. Prior to that, she worked at CNN for more than a decade covering every weather extreme including hurricanes and tornado outbreaks. She spent a week in Joplin, Missouri following the EF5 tornado in 2011. Jacqui earned a Peabody award along with her team for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill. In addition, Jacqui received the Mark Trail award for promotion and safety of NOAA Weather Radio. Prior to CNN, she worked at WHO-TV in Des Moines, WEHT-TV in Evansville, IN and at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, IA.
Jacqui graduated from Iowa State University. In 2006, she was awarded “Outstanding Young Alumnus” from her Alma Mater. She also has a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Jacqui grew up in the Midwest with roots in Wisconsin and Minnesota. There, she became fascinated with all types of weather, but of course loves a good snow storm the most! Tropics are a close second. In her free time, Jacqui enjoys running, biking, hiking and spending time with her family. Her pilot husband shares her passion for weather. They have two children and named their daughter Aurora after the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis).