Kirstie Zontini

I am thrilled to wake up early to be a part of the Storm Center 7 team as the morning Meteorologist for Channel 7 and AM 1290/News 95.7 WHIO radio. Growing up in Cleveland, I was exposed to all that Ohio weather has to offer from strong storms to lake-effect snow. It made me curious at a young age to learn why we see the weather we see. That urge to challenge myself and find the answers is something I continue to work towards in each forecast. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Broadcast News and a Meteorology specialization. I also completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Certificate Program and then continued my education further to finish a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology. I am a member of the National Weather Association. In 2017, I am proud to say that I took home an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy award for my work on our team’s severe weather special, “Surviving the Storm.” We also took home a second-place award for that same special in the “Best Documentary” category from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2018, I took home first place for “Best Weathercast” from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Awards. Right after graduation I accepted a job in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a Weekend Meteorologist and Weekday Video Journalist. Forecasting for a region influenced by Lake Erie was a wonderful challenge and helped me grow professionally. Between severe weather season and lake-effect snow in the winter, there was never a dull moment. I am proud to call the Miami Valley my home now. If I am not at work, I am spending time outside with my husband, two daughters and dog named Hubie.

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