Chelsea Ambriz is a meteorologist with WeatherNation, who was earlier fired from WSAZ-TV after a brawl in a bar Chelsea had with her then-colleague, Erica Bivens. The two ladies fought over Erica’s husband, who Chelsea allegedly tried to flirt with.
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Early life and family
Chelsea Ambriz was born on 17 June 1992, in Indianapolis, Indiana USA. She holds American nationality and her zodiac sign is Gemini. She spent her childhood living with her family in Indianapolis, being the middle child to her mother’s Debra “Debbie” Jean Wright, who is fond of photography. Chelsea’s father’s name is still unknown. She has an older brother, who according to her own words, has always been ‘a science buff’: ‘I would say my older brother inspired to me to become a meteorologist.
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He has always been a science buff and growing up it led me to love it just as much’, she shared in her interview to WeatherNation in 2019. Chelsea has a sister named Emily who is a senior marketing co-ordinator. When Chelsea was around five years old, she showed her interest towards science, after she watched the documentary entitled “How The Earth Was Made”, and was strongly inspired to work in the sphere of forecasting and meteorology.
Chelsea matriculated from her local high school in Indianapolis in 2011, then enrolled at Purdue University, and in 2014 graduated with a BA in atmospheric science, having communications as her minor. She also attained the certificate of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovations while in her college.
Among her basic activities at university, Chelsea was an active member of the college’s meteorological association, and forecast for the Indiana Department of Transportation, local radio stations and athletic department.
In 2014 she continued her education in the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Hong Kong Baptist University, studying in those colleges for a year in total. She later shared on her Facebook page that it helped her to learn more about Chinese culture and to understand how business can be started and run in such countries as China – also that the experience broadened her horizons.
As a student, she also worked for a short period of time in the position of a reporter and co-host for the “Fast Track” video magazine, and was an intern at WISH-TV, located in Indianapolis.
As soon as Chelsea was satisfied with her educational background success, she proceeded to work for WISH-TV, where she completed her internship, becoming the employee of the Nexstar Media Group. At that moment she covered various kinds of news, including sports, but at the same time she worked on her research project in the sphere of meteorology, and weather forecast for the Red Cross: she wanted to develop the algorithm which could increase the effectiveness of tornadoes tracking.
Later she worked as the weekend on-camera meteorologist at WBBJ-TV, located in West Tennessee. She also held the position of the on-screen meteorologist working for WSAZ-TV, located in Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia.
However, Chelsea left WSAZ-TV after her controversy with her morning show colleague, Erica Bivens (who was also fired from the TV station). As of 2019, Chelsea is holding the position of the on air meteorologist at WeatherNation TV.
Among her most successful coverages are the extreme flooding of the Mississippi River and along the Obion, Tennessee; floods along the Ohio River, West Virginia, which were record breaking. Chelsea also shared one of her most memorable coverages was the EF4 wedge tornado which went for 75 miles in West Tennessee, starting from Mississippi in December, 2015.
As of 2019, Chelsea is studying in the University of Denver for her MS in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration on energy and sustainability.
In August 2018 Chelsea’s then-colleague at WSAZ-TV, Erica Bivens, filed a criminal complaint in the Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Erica who worked as the news reader for WSAZ-TV, spent the night in a bar with her husband Donald, when Chelsea showed up and allegedly tried to gain Donald’s attention. Donald told Chelsea that he wasn’t interested in even chatting with her, and turned to his wife, letting her know what Chelsea was doing. Erica couldn’t keep calm, and the two ladies started fighting, falling over the bar counter.
After the fight Erica was taken to hospital, suffering a fracture at the base of the skull from the brawl, and a ruptured eardrum.
As Erica didn’t appear in court on 26 August 2018, the charges were dismissed, and Chelsea breathed a sigh of relief as she could start rebuilding her life: ‘My attorney, Joseph Spano, has said from the beginning I was wrongfully charged without a proper investigation’, she shared on her Facebook page. Chelsea’s colleagues shared that she and Erica had some tension even at work, though Chelsea mentioned many times on her Twitter account she loved her colleagues, including Erica in her list of favorites. Both Chelsea and Erica were fired from WSAZ-TV after the incident.
As it was a personnel matter, the company didn’t share any comments on the situation. Erica soon recovered and wrote on her Facebook page that she was getting back to work.
Personal life, current boyfriend Benjamin Groth
As of early 2019, Chelsea is dating Benjamin Groth, who she gently calls “Ben”. Chelsea often shares their mutual photos on her Instagram account, however leaving her boyfriend untagged not to drag extra attention to his person. Chelsea and Ben often eat out, enjoy hiking and camping with their friends, and travel a lot. On 6 February 2018 Chelsea posted a photo with her friend and colleague, Mark Zachary, taken during the West Virginia Carnival Fundraiser event at Clay’s Center for the Arts and Sciences.
Not to give any reason for speculation, Chelsea at once added the hashtag “NotMyBoyfriend” so her fans would not launch questions.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Chelsea is a cat lover, and has two – Oliver and Bert – who have their own Instagram account, managed by Chelsea. Oliver was a present from her colleague, and Bert was rescued from a shelter when Chelsea was only 13 years old. Chelsea spends a lot of her spare time with her furry friends, admitting they even have their Christmas elf jackets. Chelsea likes painting, travelling and playing tennis. She enjoys Mexican food. One of her favorite dishes, though, is not Mexican, as Chelsea once shared she constantly dreams about the gruyere fondue she once tried in Switzerland.
One of her favorite drinks is Orange Sangria.
Chelsea has tanned skin, hazel eyes, and long dark brown hair which she likes wearing loosely curled and middle-parted. She is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, weighs around 143lbs (65kgs), and her vital statistics are 31-23-33.
Net worth and salary
As of early 2020, Chelsea is working for WeatherNation TV, increasing her overall net worth to $300,000. Even though her career was clouded with the controversial fight, Chelsea is still popular and firmly holds her position of an on-camera meteorologist.