days in advance of a storm, to allow people to get ready.
Kalee is currently the Morning Meteorologist at 41 Action News in Kansas City, MO. In the fall of 2014, she was voted Kansas City's Best Meteorologist by KC Magazine. (Click sentence for video.) She joined the team back in April of 2013 after three years of giving the daily weather and traffic reports every morning Monday through Friday on Wake Up Alabama in Birmingham, AL. She is excited to move back to the Midwest to be able to forecast all four seasons. Most importantly, she brings a lot of severe weather experience to Tornado Alley to keep the people of Kansas & Missouri safe.
In 2011, Kalee was brought to a new level of excellence in her weather broadcasting career. On April 27th, a strong line of tornadoes decimated the state of Alabama. April 27th was a part of a super-tornado outbreak that was one of the largest in US history. The WIAT-TV weather team went wall to wall with their coverage. Kalee kicked off the coverage from early morning until late at night. The broadcast featured live images of tornadoes destroying parts of Alabama. 243 people were killed in the outbreak.
It’s a day that Kalee will never forget, but her professionalism and team approach to the coverage received recognition in competition. WIAT won numerous broadcast honors through the Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press and Alabama Broadcasters Association- including Station of the Year. It was in large part due to the efforts of the weather team during that terrible day.
Kalee began at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL where she took on Musical Theater. She performed at Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cedar Point and in the musical “Smile” in Cisco, TX before deciding to take her performance to the camera. She then transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting. Kalee worked as a Weather Anchor/Supervisor, Reporter, Anchor and Producer at the Southern Illinois University student run station, River Region Evening Edition. While she was there, the student program won state and national awards including, Best Student Run Newscast at NAB 2007.
Kalee also interned and later worked as a Weathercaster at the ABC affiliate in Southern Illinois, WSIL-TV. There she would put together general assignment stories, including the old Murphysboro Grocery Company building going up in flames, which won Kalee a Best Spot News from the Associated Press. She also did live reports during the Southern Illinois Ice Storm of February 2008 and historic flooding of March 2008.
In late Spring 2008, Kalee relocated up the interstate to Central Illinois. She worked at the CBS affiliate in Champaign, Illinois, WCIA-TV. There she was the Weekend Weather Anchor and live weather reporter for the Morning Show during the week. Kalee spear headed a Winter Weather Awareness class at Lincoln College. Kalee, along with the Central Illinois National Weather Service, wanted to make sure the people of Central Illinois knew what to do to prepare for winter storm season.
Kalee went back to school while working full-time to get a second Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, which she completed in the summer of 2011. She is also a member of the National Weather Association, which she was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Central Alabama Chapter. Kalee also was chosen to speak at the 2011 National Weather Association Conference about the Social Media and the effectiveness during the Deep South Outbreak on April 27, 2011.
In her free time, Kalee enjoys singing and dancing, which she sings the National Anthem at local sporting events, including a Kansas City Royals game. She also enjoys working out! Pilates and running are her favorites. She ran her first half marathon in Birmingham in 2011. She loves cheering for her Chicago sports teams. The Chicago Bears, Cubbies, Hawks and Bulls keep her busy all year long. She also enjoys hanging out with her husband, family, friends and dog Mia Bean.