Kristina Werner '97 (Communication Studies)

Werner makes the call

Kristina Werner

There’s an old saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Kristina Werner can’t do anything about the weather, but she can talk about it, probably better than most.

As a Fox 40 News meteorologist, Werner is responsible for forecasting the Sacramento Region’s sometimes unpredictable weather.

“Weather reporting has a stigma, so you want to be as accurate as possible,” she says.

Werner is usually pretty close in her reporting and she’s not afraid to admit when her forecast is wrong. She has an on-air report card she shares with viewers to track how accurate her forecast was.

“I wouldn’t do that if I wasn’t confident,” she says laughing.

Werner attended American River College after high school and began classes at Sac State in 1995. Like many students, she wasn’t sure of her career path when she began, but found her way when one of her instructors noticed her writing skills.

“(Communication Studies) Professor Chevelle Newsome inspired me to continue to write,” Werner says. “I wasn’t sure if it would be print, broadcasting or speech, but it would involve writing.”

After graduation, Werner began looking for a job as a general news reporter. She says she “fell into the weather” when Channel 31 advertised for a weather intern.

“The station management was looking for someone with a little computer experience to help with weather, and I fell in love with it.”

She spent a few years at a station in Chico but returned to Sacramento in 2000 and moved to Fox 40 taking on general reporting assignments and the weekend weather. She became the station’s full-time meteorologist in 2006.

For Werner, reporting the weather is “one of the coolest jobs there is” mostly because she gets to tell people what she has been working on all day.

“I feel like I’m having a conversation with the viewers,” she says.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2008 edition of Sac State Magazine.