Meet the Meteorologists

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

Justin Stapleton joined KEZI 9 News as Chief Meteorologist in March of 2009. He arrived in Western Oregon from WCBI-TV, in Columbus, Mississippi, where he was the morning meteorologist. Justin holds a Master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University and the AMS Seal of Approval. He is a full member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Justin also has a Masters degree in Psychology. Before moving into Meteorology, he worked in the mental health field assisting police departments in Maryland by providing on-site crisis intervention and training.

Most memorable storm for me is in January of 2007. We had an EF3 tornado rip a path through most of my viewing area in Northeast Mississippi and actually knocked me off the air for about ten minutes as it went right over the TV station! I was on wall-to-wall coverage for about ten hours that day. Thankfully no one was hurt, but it destroyed one of the local high schools by tearing a school bus off its frame, throwing it on top of the gym and slamming the chassis through a brick wall where all the students were holding up! That was the first time I was really tested by Mother Nature and really solidified why I switched careers to go into Broadcast Meteorology.

I have two amazing daughters who are my reasons to always strive to be a better person and dad. Feel free to hit me up with a weather question, comment, or just to say hi!

Email me at: justinstapleton@kezi.com.

Meteorologist Melissa Frey

Melissa Frey is a native Oregonian who found her love for the sky at an early age.  She dreamed of being an astronaut as a child, later realizing it was the Earth’s dynamic atmosphere that she was truly fascinated with.

Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.  Through intensive internships at KHQ-TV in Spokane, and at KGW in Portland, Melissa learned first hand what it means to be a broadcast Meteorologist.  After graduation she continued working for KGW as a weather producer.

Melissa then went on to get her Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Oregon State University where she had the opportunity to do cutting edge research on Pacific Northwest weather patterns.

Melissa joined KEZI in the summer of 2007 and in 2010 was certified by the American Meteorological Society, the highest honor awarded by the society.

Rain or shine you’ll find Melissa looking up at the sky, still fascinated with all that takes place within the Earth’s atmosphere.  Melissa and her husband Tim are glad to call Eugene their home and enjoy sharing all that western Oregon has to offer with their son.

You can watch Melissa weekday mornings from 5 to 7 a.m.

 

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