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Kirstie Zontini

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 5:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 5:32 PM

Kirstie Zontini

I am thrilled 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. 
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 greatly 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. If I’m not in the weather center I am probably outside enjoying the day or looking for a new restaurant to try. 

 

  • Where were you born? 
    • Illinois
  • Where did you grow up? 
    • Eastlake, Ohio 
  • What was your favorite TV show then? 
    • Rugrats
  • What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  
    • A singer and I have plenty of embarrassing home videos when I was young to prove it.  
  • How might someone have described you in high school?  
    • I think they would say I was friendly and motivated.  I liked to challenge myself so I did everything from taking AP Biology to singing in our show choir.  I made a lot of great friends through the years.  
  • Were you involved in any high school sports?  
    • I played fast pitch softball and was a cheerleader.  
  • What was your first journalism job? 
    • My first paid job was in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a weekend meteorologist and weekday video journalist.  Northeast Ohio is a challenging part of the state to forecast for with everything from lake-effect snow to severe weather.  First experience ever on-air was doing weather for our nightly newscast on the PBS-affiliate WOUB at Ohio University.  
  • What do you like about your job? 
    • I am never bored.  Each day brings a unique challenge to the forecast and that’s exciting to me.  
  • What don’t you like about your job? 
    • You don’t always get to sleep as much as you’d like, especially during severe weather season, but the good out weighs the bad. 
  • If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off? 
    • Trying to cook something or taking a walk.  I love being outside.  
  • What might people be surprised to know about you? 
    • I went zip-lining and loved it!  
  • What would be a perfect day for you? 
    • Taking a hike on a beautiful fall day then enjoying a new restaurant for dinner.  I’m not a picky eater at all so I love finding new places to try.  
  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Meteorologist? 
    • Make sure it is what you really want to do because weather becomes a huge part of your life.  If you’re passionate about what you’re doing long hours won’t matter.  

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  • Favorite book:  
    • The Great Gatsby 
  • Favorite CBS show:  
    • How I Met Your Mother
  • Favorite food:  
    • Italian, especially pizza
  • Favorite hobby:  
    • Cooking
  • Favorite movie:  
    • She’s the Man 
  • Favorite music: 
    • Rock 
  • Favorite travel destination:  
    • Chicago.  I go every year with my mom and it’s the highlight of my summer.  

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