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May 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Alum Named WHIO’s New Morning Meteorologist

Ohio University alum Kirstie Zontini is the new morning meteorologist for WHIO TV and Radio, reports the Dayton Daily News. She is part of WHIO’s expanded Storm Center 7 team of “six fully-accredited meteorologists focusing on local weather.”

Kirstie Zontini

Kirstie Zontini

WHIO is “expanding to provide 24/7 weather coverage on air, online, in print, and on your personal digital devices and social platforms,” the paper reports. “The audiences for News Center 7 Daybreak, and AM 1290 and News 95.7’s Miami Valley morning news are familiar with the Ohio University graduate. Zontini has led morning weather coverage in the Storm Center the past five months.”

About Kristie Zontini

“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 toward in each forecast,” says Zontini on her WHIO page.

“I graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast News and a Meteorology specialization.  I also completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Certificate Program and am a member of the National Weather Association.

“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.”

Now, she says, “I am thrilled to be a part of the Storm Center 7 team.”

Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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