Cheryl lemke

 

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EXPERIENCE

 

WICS-TV                                            Springfield, Illinois                                               December 2015–Present

Chief Meteorologist

  • Oversees weather department in the preparation and delivery of accurate and timely weather forecasts for television, radio, internet, and social media platforms.
  • Leads weather team in the compilation of weather data to develop innovative, accurate, and easy-to-understand weather graphics.
  • Supervises weather personnel to ensure corporate directives and weather department policies are being followed.
  • Anchors multiple daily weathercasts for television and radio as well as for station websites and social media.
  • Coordinates and maintains the scheduling of the weather department.

 

WOWT-TV                                         Omaha, Nebraska                                         February 2013–October 2014

On-Air Meteorologist

  • Prepared and delivered daily local and regional weather reports for television, digital channel, radio, internet, and social media platforms.
  • Broadcasted on various special community and calendar event happenings.
  • Anchored daily weathercasts for television, radio, and web usage.
  • Reported live in the field during significant breaking weather events.
  • Represented station at public events and school visits.

 

WSBT-TV                                          South Bend, Indiana                                       August 2011-December 2011

Interim Chief Meteorologist

  • Led weather department providing accurate and reliable regional and local weather forecasts for television, radio, newsprint, internet, and social media platforms.
  • Prepared and distributed weather and marine forecasts on daily basis.
  • Created and rendered daily weather graphics on the Weather Central computer system.
  • Produced and voiced multiple weather forecasts daily for three affiliate radio stations.
  • Composed and provided daily weather data and forecasts to be printed in the South Bend Tribune newspaper.
  • Proactive with disseminating comprehensive weather updates for Facebook and Twitter.

 

WXIA-TV                                           Atlanta, Georgia                                                     June  2010- July 2011

Weather Anchor and Producer

  • Oversaw daily weather coverage and coordinated school visits and other community outreach opportunities for the weather department.
  • Served as fill-in weather anchor for both on-air and on-line.
  • Researched and composed various science, climate and weather-related articles for web distribution.
  • Prepared and delivered written and video weather forecasts for internet, digital channel, and other platforms.
  • Reported live from the field during significant weather events.
  • Wrote and reported weather stories and packages.

 

INDEPENDENT VOICE-OVER WORK    Atlanta, Georgia                                                                   1991 - Present

Voice-Over Talent

  • Performs as announcer and voice talent for various local commercials and instructional tapes/CD’s/DVD’s.

 

THE WEATHER CHANNEL                  Atlanta, Georgia                                               June 1986- November 2008

On-Air Meteorologist

  • Broadcasted accurate, easy-to-understand local, regional, national, and international weather information.
  • Successfully co-hosted an early morning show with solid ratings for sixteen years.  At one point contributed to a 25% jump in ratings.
  • Increased ratings shares by 35% while solo hosting late night weather coverage.
  • Daily demonstrated exceptional organizational skills by utilizing maps and graphics to clearly and precisely highlight top weather stories.
  • Produced and proficiently assembled weather maps and graphics to convey compelling weather information.
  • Reported live from the field on a number of occasions including during severe weather episodes.
  • Conducted live interviews with state and federal Emergency Management officials during significant weather events including tornado outbreaks and landfalling hurricanes.
  • Reported major weather events from update desk with poise, thoroughness, and a calm demeanor.
  • Wrote and anchored topical weather/climate stories ranging from drought impacting farmers to harnessing wind energy.
  • Served as talent on video forecasts for Weather.com, broadband, and other wireless platforms.
  • Represented The Weather Channel for a variety of community functions and affiliate sales/cable promotional events.
  • Volunteered to talk to numerous school and civic groups to better educate the public about weather.

 

WTHI-TV                                          Terre Haute, Indiana                                          September 1983-May 1986

Lead Meteorologist and Talent

  • Prepared regional forecasts and graphics for weathercasts. Delivered daily weathercasts for prime-time evening broadcasts and then later for four radio stations.
  • Announced forecasts/weather updates for four radio stations.
  • Reported live from remote sites.
  • Produced and performed as talent for environmental/science packages.

 

 

ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

 

  • Experienced in using INEWS, Newsmaker, Clickability and ENPS newsroom computer systems.
  • Experienced in creating maps and weather graphics on Weather Central computer systems.
  • Possess working knowledge of EDIUS and Anvato systems for editing and video retrieval.
  • Knowledgeable with Baron’s Doppler radar system.
  • Trained in interpreting Doppler radar products.
  • Skilled with using Skytracker and WSI Titan HD radar graphics.
  • Proficient in utilizing WeatherPro as well as WSI TruVu MAX weather graphics systems.
  • Experienced in operating INEWS/VIZ Weather Player Systems.
  • Knowledgeable in deciphering NAM, MOS, NGM, LFM, ETA, AVN, and MRF forecast models.
  • Adept in translating and acquiring WSI weather data.
  • Proactive in continuing educational growth using COMET training modules offered by NOAA.

 

 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

 

Post Graduate Studies

Indiana State University, 1983 - 1986

Emphasis in Broadcasting.

 

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1982 - 1983

Emphasis in Broadcasting/Communications.

 

B.S. Degree

Iowa State University, 1978 - 1982

Major in Meteorology with a double minor in Mathematics and Psychology.

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

  • Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for BEST TV WEATHERCASTER.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient for 2006 from Iowa State University.
  • Broadcast Seal of Approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
  • Member of the Phi Eta Sigma and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies for Academic Excellence.

 

 

 

References Available Upon Request