WJZ meteorologist Bernadette Woods is leaving the CBS-owned station to join a non-profit firm in New Jersey focused on climate change, she said Wednesday night.
Woods, who has been with WJZ for seven years, said she will remain at the station helping with the transition for the next month. After that, she, her husband and their two children will be moving to Princeton, N.J., where she will join Climate Central as staff meteorologist.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity in Princeton," she said. "It will involve more science, more going to conferences, which I love," she said. "But there are a lot of people we will miss, and I do love Baltimore. This is where I got married, this is where I had my kids. It's a big part of my life."
Woods described Climate Central as a "non-profit, non-lobbying company which deals with climate information, basically trying to educate the public" on climate change.
"There's so much misinformation out there, that this company started in an effort to try and get good information to the public," she said."They are trying to connect climate with extreme weather, because that's a lot of what's happening. That's really exciting for me, because I do love the science."
Woods, a Penn State graduate with a B.S. in meteorology, earned her Television Seal of Approval through the American Meteorological Society in 2004.
According to the station's website, she then "continued on to earn Certified Broadcast Meteorological status in 2008."
No other weathercaster on Baltimore TV seems as deeply engaged and delighted by the science of the job as Woods. In the best sense of the word, at times, she seems like an absolute weather wonk.
"Oh, I'm a weather geek, no doubt about it," she said laughing. "The bigger the storm, the better."
But Woods is never inaccessible in her explanations and forecasts. She always translates the science into information viewers can use to make decisions about their lives. Her energy and joy enlivens what can often be a dull part of a newscast.
According to the station's website, Woods "launched her career at AccuWeather, piloting a daily streaming weather video segment and forecasting for hundreds of media clients throughout the U.S." before working TV jobs in Fayetteville and Lexington.
She won a local Emmy in 2006 as best weathercaster.
Baltimore TV is losing one of its best with this departure.
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