ELISA RAFFA

 

Resume

 

CBM #813

 

EXPERIENCE

 

WJZY-TV                                                            Charlotte, NC                                      October 2020-Present

Weekend Morning Meteorologist

 

KOLR-TV/ KOZL-TV                                              Springfield, MO                                       June 2017 - Present

Weekday Morning Meteorologist

  • On-air meteorologist for Daybreak, KOLR10's 2-hour morning show, as well as half hour Midday show.
  • Write and edit on-air science/feature stories on weather/climate impacts to local businesses, communities in viewing area.
  • Use social media to update viewers on both inclement and fair weather, interacting with viewers on a daily basis.

 

KCAU-TV                                                            Sioux City, IA                                      June 2015 - June 2017

Weekend Meteorologist/ Weekday Reporter

  • On-air meteorologist for weekend newscasts. Fill-in meteorologist for morning and prime time newscasts as needed.
  • Weather/news reporter weekday nightly newscasts: shoot, write, edit, and report all stories, including live shots in inclement weather.
  • Visit local elementary school to speak about meteorology/journalism, and aid in creation of a student newscast.
  • Use social media to update viewers on both inclement and fair weather, interacting with viewers on a daily basis.

 

American Meteorological Society                                                                                     January 2018 - Present

Station Scientist Committee Member

  • Work alongside other broadcast meteorologists from across the nation to provide fellow broadcasters with the latest research on weather/climate, to empower and inspire them to educate their viewers.
  • Aid in organizing panel for Station Scientist session at American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference.

 

Climate Central                                                                                                           January 2017 - Present

Climate Matters Meteorologist

  • Work with "Climate Matters," a non-profit, National Science Foundation-funded, organization that aides broadcast meteorologists in communicating climate science and its impacts with easy-to-use, TV friendly graphics.
  • Write and edit on-air stories on weather/climate impacts to local businesses, communities. Stories include: "We The People: Climate Change, Your Beer, & Politics," "Valentine's Food For Thought: How Weather & Climate Impact Chocolate," "A New Neighbor & New Challenge: Black Vultures Attack on Cattle Farmers in the Ozarks"
  • Use social media on weekly basis as part of "Climate Matters" circular to interact with viewers in education and outreach on climate change.

 

Society of Environmental Journalists 28th Annual Meeting                                                                October 2018

Awarded Fellow, Climate Matters in the Newsroom

  • Awarded a fellowship, all-expense paid attendance, travel, and hotel stay, to SEJ 28th Annual Meeting.
  • Invited to participate in an exclusive SEJ 's/Climate Central's Climate Matters in the Newsroom Workshop, where established journalists, broadcast meteorologists, and scientists addressed the hottest topics in climate research, impacts and solutions, as well as audience interest and journalistic challenges.

 

American Meteorological Society 46th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology                     January 2018

Presenter

  • Presenter on panel titled "Broadcast Meteorologists Leading as Climate Change Communicators" alongside Bernadette Woods Placky, Climate Central; Dr. Ed Maibach, George Mason University; and John Morales, NBC6 Miami.
  • Discuss previous experience writing, editing story on how climate change impacts local Springfield brewery.
  • Show challenge and examples of public reaction to climate change stories, offer advice to fellow broadcast meteorologists

 

 

SELECTED RECOGNITION

 

Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist

January 2020

Nomination, American Meteorological Society

 

Research article in peer review, Co-Author, Dr. Brian Calfano, University of Cincinnati

2020
Calfano, B., Raffa, E. (2020) Frame changer: The effects of local TV weather stories on public climate change attitudes (in review)

 

The Guardian

September 18, 2019

How TV weathercasters became the unsung heroes of the climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/18/tv-weathercasters-shift-public-opinion-climate-crisis

 

Washington Post

January 22, 2019

TV meteorologists can make more people take climate change seriously
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/01/22/tv-meteorologists-are-uniquely-positioned-lead-climate-change-conversation-lets-get-it/

 

Mashable

Fearless TV weather forecasters air the planet's soaring carbon levels http s://mashable.com/article/weather-forecasters-tv-climate-change/

 

Climate Central

Stories We Love: Local Climate Change Reporting
https://www.climatecentral.org/out reach/alert-archive/2019/2019ClimateWeek/index.html

 

Ensia

Why TV meteorologists are talking about beer, chocolate, peaches, and poison ivy http s://ensia.com/features/meteorologists/

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ithaca, NY

Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science with Minors in Spanish and Communications, May 2015

 

 

INTERNSHIPS

 

Good Morning America, Weather Shadow, August 2014 & December 2014

ABC Studios, New York, NY

 

CNN, Weather Intern, June 2014 - August 2014

CNN World Headquarters, Atlanta, GA & Time Warner Center, New York, NY

 

WSYR Newschannel 9, Weather Intern, September 2013 - December 2013

ABC Studios, Syracuse, NY

 

Ithaca College Television, Newswatch 16, Broadcast Meteorologist, August 2011 - May 2015

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

 

Teaching Assistant, Introductory Meteorology Lab, August 2014 - May 2015

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

 

CONFERENCES

 

American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting

January 31, 2014 - February 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA

 

American Meteorological Society 95th Annual Meeting

January 2, 2015 - January 9, 2015; Phoenix, AZ

 

American Meteorological Society 98th Annual Meeting, 46th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology

January 7, 2018 - January 11, 2018; Austin, TX

 

Society of Environmental Journalists 28th Annual Meeting, Awarded Fellow by Climate Matters in the Newsroom

October 3, 2018 - October 7, 2018; Flint, MI

 

American Meteorological Society 99th Annual Meeting

January 6, 2019 - January 10, 2019; Phoenix, AZ