As a born and raised Iowan, Jan is excited to be back in her home state and to join the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team!
Jan moved back to Iowa during the August 2020 derecho. It was a whirlwind of a first few days back home, but Iowa's crazy weather is exactly why she wanted to be a meteorologist. Growing up in north-central Iowa, Jan fell in love with the dramatic and ever-changing weather at a young age and loves that her job keeps her on her toes as it is never the same.
Jan earned her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Iowa State University in 2017. While at Iowa State, she was an active member of the student American Meteorological Society chapter and the Central Iowa National Weather Association chapter. She was also active in the school's weather broadcast, Cy's Eyes on the Skies, which she was a director and producer for her junior and senior years. After graduating from college, she started her first job just 2 days later in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked for Gray TV’s network of stations across the state.
Jan loves helping educate people on the weather happening around them. The favorite part of her job is going to schools and getting out in the community to share her love of weather with future meteorologists. She is proud to advocate for women in STEM and encouraging young ladies to pursue their science dreams.
Jan and her husband Drew are excited to make eastern Iowa home and to explore all it has to offer. You’ll often find them at local or state parks spending time enjoying the outdoors. They are avid travelers and love planning international trips together as well as smaller trips around the US. Back home Jan enjoys baking, playing board games, and snuggling her sweet black cat, Wally.