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Molly Coates - Meteorologist

Published: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Molly Coates

I joined the News Center 7 team as a weekend meteorologist in September 2018. As an Indiana native, I am excited to be back in the Midwest and calling Ohio home! 

I graduated from Ball State University, with a bachelor of science degree in Meteorology and Climatology. While in college I began interning at News Center 7, where I learned about more about weather patterns, and how that plays a significant role in forecasting for the Miami Valley. 

Before coming to Dayton, I spent months in Charleston, WV at WOWK, covering everything from severe weather to catastrophic flooding’s. In addition to forecasting and on-air duties at WHIO, I enjoy speaking to local schools and various groups about the weather, and careers in television. 

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In my spare time, you can catch me at the pool, traveling and exploring all the city has to offer!

Q & A 

Where were you born? 

o Richmond, IN 

Where did you grow up? 

o Richmond, IN 

What was your favorite tv show back then? 

o Full House 

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? 

o Actually, a meteorologist! 

How might someone have described you in high school? 

o Outgoing, and kind. 

What was your first job? 

o A waitress at Bob Evans. 

What was your first job in television? 

o Weekend Meteorologist at WOWK. 

What do you like about your job? 

o The ability to take difficult weather phenomena, and explain it in a way that you understand. 

What do you not like about your job? 

o Working long hours, and not getting much sleep. 

What might people be surprised to know about you? 

o I am not a crafty person. I can’t paint a good picture, or do any decent looking DIY projects. Even my pumpkin carving skills are not the greatest! 

What is the hardest thing you ever did? 

o Growing up and leaving my family. 

What would be a perfect day for you? 

o Going on an adventure with my husband, Mitchell! Visiting a place we’ve never been before and finding something fun to do. 

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? 

o Have a passion for weather, and use it to the best of your ability. Your passion will show in your work, and it’ll take you places you couldn’t imagine going. Just like Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” 

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it? 

o Being handed my meteorology degree at graduation, the first time being on tv, and my first day here at WHIO. 

Favorite book: 

o The Hunger Games series. 

Favorite CBS show: 

o The Price is Right, and Criminal Minds. 

Favorite food: 

o Italian! Pasta, and pizza. 

Favorite hobby: 

o Baking 

Favorite movie: 

o Bridesmaids, Grease, or any Marvel movie. 

Favorite music: 

o This is hard because I love country, and 80s hits. 

Favorite travel destination: 

o The Great Plains. When I went storm chasing in the summer at Ball State, I saw the beauty out west has to offer! Highly suggest going on an adventure!

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