KARIN SWANSON - Meteorologist
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 with degrees in Atmospheric Science and in Spanish. I don't use my Spanish as much as I'd like, but I'm happy to be forecasting in Wisconsin. I grew up in the Twin Cities in a family of avid campers, and became interested in the weather and nature through my camping experiences. My Dad, a former pilot, would often share his weather wisdom with me as a child.
I began my broadcast career at a weather company in Madison. From there, I moved to Wausau, WI for three years and worked at the FOX and ABC affiliates, as well as for a private forecasting company. In 2003, I was lucky enough to make the move back to Madison, and have been forecasting for southern Wisconsin ever since. My forecasting won me a Regional Emmy nomination in 2014 for "Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty Report/Series for Weather." I have also won awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for Best Weathercast, and for my reporting. I have been honored with three Eric Sevareid awards for Best Weathercast from the Northwest Broadcast News Association. I am also a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and hold the AMS Seal of Approval. I am an active member of the American Meteorological Society and of the National Weather Association.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I reside in Madison with my husband, my son, and my daughter.
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Favorite season of the year: I enjoy the change of seasons in Wisconsin. I love the hot and humid days and stormy nights of the summer, the beautiful colors and crisp air of the fall, getting to be a kid in the first big snowstorm of the year, and the sound of melting snow in the springtime.
Favorite outdoor activities: Photography, gardening, camping, hiking, exploring with my family
Least favorite outdoor activity: Putting the lawn furniture away at the end of the summer
Best thing I ever ate: Hmmmmy mouth is watering thinking about all of the great meals I've shared.
Favorite sports team: The Badgers
Favorite places I've been: Prague is beautifulthe architecture is fantastic. I also loved getting to backpack through the Yucatan with my sister on our Mayan ruin tour. Hawaii with my husband was a great place for a honeymoon. Some of my favorite memories from growing up come from time at the Swanson family cabin in northern Minnesota, and camping in the Boundary Waters.
I've always wanted to visit: Anywhere I've never been before. I love adventure and getting to explore different places.
Favorite Movies: Pride and Prejudice, Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music
My adventurous side: I've been skydiving, firewalking, rappelling, parasailing, and ziplining, just to name a few things. I'll try most things once.