Jennifer Rukavina

Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Jennifer Rukavina was destined to become a
meteorologist. “I have loved weather since I was old enough to know that
rain fell from clouds,” she says. A fear of thunderstorms heightened
her interest in the dynamics of weather and eventually led to a Masters
of Science degree in Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi
State University. She also taught Broadcast Performance in Meteorology
while a graduate assistant. “My knack for communicating with others
transformed me into a Broadcast Meteorologist,” she adds.

Jennifer
finds that forecasting severe and winter weather events are her most
interesting challenges. “Growing up about an hour from Lake Erie and
going to school in Mississippi allowed me to experience most weather
phenomena…from Lake Effect snow storms to a hurricane. I stood just a
few miles from the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Lili made landfall on
Louisiana in 2002. It was incredible experiencing the power of that
storm,” she reports.

Jennifer has been nominated for 3 Emmys for
coverage of the April 2006 Tornado Outbreak, including the Dyer County
tornado, and Winter Storm ‘09. Most recently, she was awarded the KY
Associated Press Best Weather Anchor for 2010. Jennifer is a member of
the National Weather Association and co-coordinated the Southeast Severe
Storms Symposium in 2003. She comes to WPSD NewsChannel 6 after working
as a Weekend Meteorologist at WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi. Her
goal is “to provide clear information that will help keep viewers safe
during hazardous weather as well as let them know when the weather will
be beautiful. I have enjoyed getting to know Paducah and am proud to now
call it my home.”

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