Who is Stephanie Mead?
Stephanie Mead was born on 28 March 1991, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a broadcast meteorologist, best known for her work with the network WISH-TV. She’s also worked for other stations during her career, including NBC 26 where her work helped her get a Midwest Regional Emmy Award nomination.
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The Riches of Stephanie Mead
Stephanie Mead has a net worth estimated to be over $1 million, earned thanks to her work as a weather broadcaster. Aside from WISH, she also does work for other stations from time to time.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Stephanie grew up with two sisters, and later attended Hinsdale South High School in southwest Chicago, having a student body drawn from nearby communities. The school is noted for being the base of operations of the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), which has educational programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Northern Illinois University (NIU) where she took up a degree in Geography with a minor in Journalism.
The university dates its history back to 1895, and has satellite campuses in various parts of Illinois including Chicago. They have a combined student body of 25,000 with most of their programs accredited nationally thanks to the high quality. They have courses in the performing arts, nursing, engineering, and business. They also compete in sports in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
While working on her studies, she had her first experience working for several months for a station through an internship program with the company WTVO-TV Channel 17.
The station is based in Rockford, and she participated in the background for several of the station’s programs, mostly focused on news.
Continued Work and Rise to Fame
Mead got her first official job on television just as she was completing her degree. She was hired by the Northern Television Center as a weather presenter, and had to manage her time with the station being located in DeKalb, Illinois. It was somewhat stressful, but she made it work.
After graduating in 2013, she then moved to a television job in Twin Falls, Idaho at the station KMVT-TV, hired as a weather presenter and reporter. The station serves Southwestern Idaho, specifically Magic Valley. As a member of the station, she worked on programs such as “Rise and Shine”, and her work increased as the station started incorporating more of their news operations to coincide with the expansion of their sister station. During her time there, she worked under chief meteorologist Brian Neudorff, who helped develop her skills and confidence.
She eventually took over his job, doing weekend night shifts to report on the latest weather news. Her popularity grew, reportedly thanks to her on-camera charm.
Latest Work and Charm
Two years later, Stephanie moved to the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based television station NBC 26, taking the job as it was much closer to her family. With the company, she worked on a total of 19 and a half hours of locally produced newscasts. She mainly reported on the weather – though assigned to do some features too – often live reporting during events of extreme weather, as seen during thunderstorms and blizzards which impacted the area.
Thanks to her work performance and fortitude, she was nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award. The award is handled by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and has been ongoing since 1958.
In 2017, she left NBC 26 after receiving an offer with the station WISH-TV, a CW affiliate serving the Indianapolis area of Indiana, where she could put all of her focus towards the weather.
Happy Friday! A few light sprinkles this morning, otherwise, should see more sunshine and temps falling to the mid 40s.
The workload was much higher, with 76 hours of newscasts each week, all of which are locally produced. With the job, she also became a part of the storm-tracking team called Track 8, responsible for giving up-to-date news regarding current weather conditions, especially in the case of severe weather. She is very passionate about the weather, and enjoys being a part of the tracking team. She posts videos of the team tracking tornados and storms that started brewing.
Mead married Todd McMahon in September 2018, in a small ceremony attended by family and close friends. No details have been revealed about her husband.
Aside from her work, she loves keeping updated with the latest fashion trends. She also enjoys playing golf, and spending time near bodies of water such as beaches or lakes. While she keeps mostly focused on the weather, she also follows a lot of the events in the Chicago area.