Who is Betsy Kling?
Betsy was born in Copley, North Ohio USA, but her date of birth is not known to the public – she is famous for being the Chief Meteorologist on Channel 3 News program.
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Early life and education
Betsy spent most of her early life in the same city she was born in – she grew up with her parents and two siblings Toni Hadad and Fran DiBlasi – their mother worked as a seamstress and made all of Betsy’s clothes. She admitted that she became more knowledgeable about clothes because of that, also learning how to save her money on clothes.
Betsy matriculated from Copley High School and enrolled at Bowling Green State University from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a minor in Meteorology. She continued her meteorology-related studies at the Mississippi State University – she claimed that she wasn’t interested at meteorology at first, but started studying it because her friends from the dorm told her that it was very easy. She took the classes but it proved to be rather challenging, nevertheless, Betsy liked it and was fascinated by it, and so eventually graduated.
She is one of a very small group of women who managed to earn the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) accreditation from the AMS (American Meteorological Society) while she also got the Seal of Approval from the NWA (National Weather Association).
From the day she graduated until 2003, Betsy spent most of her time working away from her hometown, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and in Jacksonville, Florida. While in Fort Wayne, Betsy experienced her first tornado warning – she was taking a shower when she heard the wind and not just that, when she got ready and jumped into her car to get to the station, she heard on the radio that the tornado is on its way to her county. As soon as she walked into the station, they put a microphone on her and she went live immediately, even though her hair was wet and she was wearing a wet T-shirt. She claims how she was horrible and had no idea what to say, she also thinks she was quite lucky to keep the job afterwards, and promised to herself that she was never going to be that unprepared again.
She went back to Ohio in 2003, and in 2008 made history when she became the first Cleveland female Chief Meteorologist while working for WKYC. In 2018, the WKYC station for which Betsy is still working helped her launch an initiative which is supposed to encourage girls and women in STEM, or four fields of studies: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The program is called “Growing Curiosity: Girls in STEM”, and it didn’t take long for it to gain recognition.
WKYC Channel 3
WKYC is a 70 years-old station which first aired on 31 October 1948. It is an NBC-affiliated TV station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio US, owned by Tegna Incorporated, and it broadcasts a high definition signal from its transmitter in Parma, Ohio – its studios are located on Tom Beres Way which is a part of the Lakeside Avenue called after Tom Beres who used to work for WKYC as their political reporter before he retired in 2016.
Betsy married the love of her life Paul Thomas and they have two daughters together named Josie, born in 2008, and Violette who was born in March 2015 – Paul used to work as a reporter for WKYC station. The coupe first met when they were very young but it had taken them a while to start dating. They married on 21 August 1999 in a very private ceremony – she stated in one of her tweets that it was raining with a lot of thunder at the moment when they shared their vows. They are currently living just 12 miles away from Betsy’s parents in Copley, Ohio.
Likes and hobbies
Betsy loves staying outdoors, and spending quality time with her husband – the two of them often go fishing or play tennis. One of the things Betsy loves doing is taking her children on a tiny trip during rain – she claims how her favorite thing to do during rain is to go outside. She usually drives them to the National Park where they get to see animals which go out to enjoy the rain as well – they also love visiting the Akron Zoo because it is the perfect size for her family, and her youngest one Violette can walk across the entire Zoo.
Betsy’s favorite season is fall thanks to her daughter Violette who was confused when she saw all the leaves on the ground, and soon fell in love with the sound they make when you stomp over them.
Balanced Family Winter Issue 2015
Betsy and her family were featured on the “Balanced Family” winter issue in 2015, and they got to the cover page – Betsy talked about her success at balancing her family life with high demands of forecasting the very unpredictable weather in northeast Ohio.
Betsy is a big philanthropist
Beside speaking at school, Betsy is quite a philanthropist and often uses her free time to educate children about the weather at numerous events at schools, while she also helps the Harvest for Hunger movement which collects money to buy food for the underprivileged people around the city – she’s also involved with organizations such as American Red Cross and Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Betsy also founded the National Weather Association Foundation – each year she organises a fundraising event in support of NWA college scholarships for best young meteorologists. Betsy was made the NWA Councilor and won the National Weather Association Member of the Year award in 2004, and in 2015 she received a Special Achievement Award for her success in the fundraising events throughout the years.
Appearance and net worth
Betsy’s current age is not known since she has not shared her exact date of birth with the public but she is said to be in her 40s. She has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5ft 10in (1.78m) tall and weighs around 143lb (65kg).
According to authoritative sources, Betsy’s current net worth is estimated to be over $2 million while it is said that an average yearly salary of meteorologists is around $65,000.
Betsy has won many awards during her career of a meteorologist, including two Emmy Awards in the Crafts category in 2003 for covering the story of the shuttle Columbia incident, and in 2009. She won first place for Best Regularly Scheduled Weather from The Ohio Associated Press in 2007 – from 2005 to 2012, she was nominated for six Emmy Awards but she only won one in 2012 in the News category.
In 2010, “Cleveland Magazine” named Betsy one of the most interesting people in the city, while they also named her “Best of Cleveland” meteorologist in 2015, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘18. In November 2015, she won The Chuck Heaton Award from The Press Club of Cleveland which is the most prestigious award to be won in Northeast Ohio media. Betsy was the eighth person to win this award since Chuck Heaton died in February 2008 – Chuck was the Plain Dealer reporter and a member of the Press Club’s Hall of Fame, who was known for being dedicated to journalism, for being fair, and for helping people around him.
Social media presence
Betsy is active on several social media platforms – she launched her Twitter account in December 2011 and has so far gathered nearly 35,000 followers and tweeted almost 50,500 times. Her Instagram account is followed by nearly 20,000 people while she posted around 2,400 pictures – she has a Facebook account as well, with more than 8,000 fans.