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Meredith Garofalo

Certified Broadcast Meteorologist
American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a science/space journalist for WeatherNation. Meredith also serves as the Chair for the AMS Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  

Meredith’s 13 years in the broadcast business includes a wide variety of experience all across the country stemming from her internship at WGN-TV in Chicago.  Before joining a national TV network, Meredith worked at local television stations in Ohio, South Dakota, Florida, and California.  Meredith has covered the historic Atlantic Hurricane Seasons over the last 4 years as well as tornado outbreaks across the U.S. She’s been live out in the field during tropical storms, wildfires, snowstorms, and the aftermath from tornadoes.  Meredith is also an accomplished reporter, producing weather and science stories.  This includes rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral, in depth special reports and features on NOAA’s GOES-R and JPSS satellite series, and coverage on some of NASA’s biggest accomplishments over the past 4 years. She’s interviewed some of the top scientists and leaders of the space & science community, and her career highlight was being selected as the only meteorologist to travel with the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida in 2017 on the C-5M Super Galaxy.  Her personal and professional work has been recognized numerous times over the last decade including being awarded “Favorite Weathercaster of the Year” in 2016, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties’ Community Partner of the Year in 2017, and most notably the inaugural Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award recipient in 2018.

Meredith loves supporting and donating her time to organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, and the Space Foundation. Meredith was a panel moderator at the 35th Space Symposium and the 2018 AMS Summer Conference and will be a moderator at the 2021 Satellite Conference. Meredith spends countless hours doing school, career, and motivational talks and participates in podcasts to help encourage women pursuing STEM careers and inspire our future generations. Meredith is an accomplished singer and actor, most recognized by performing the National Anthem at a Denver Broncos game in 2018 and for the Cleveland Indians in 2021.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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