Karin Swanson is a Meteorologist at WISC-TV.
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota (Just west of the Twin Cities)
High School: Minnetonka High School
College: University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Atmospheric Science and BS Spanish
Other Journalism Experience: Meteorologist for WFXS-TV and WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wis, Meteorologist for Great Lakes Weather Service, and college intern at another TV station in Madison
Started at WISC-TV on: October 6, 2003
What is your favorite part about living in Madison?
I like that there are always fun events going on here. We are lucky to be able experience city life and country life just by traveling a few minutes. I’m also a big fan of the weather and the change of seasons we have in southern Wisconsin…they make it so that my job never gets dull!
What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered?
The Stoughton tornado. It occurred the day I returned from my honeymoon in Hawaii. Gary Cannalte and I covered it together, and it was unlike any other severe weather outbreak I have covered.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to relax, spend time with family and friends, camp, read, cook, garden, and do anything that allows me to be outside enjoying the elements.
What is your family life like? Significant other, married, children?
I am married and will have a new baby arriving in the late summer of 2009.
What is your favorite kind of ice cream?
Plain old vanilla.
What is your favorite place to vacation?
Anywhere that’s relaxing or adventurous or that I can experience new and different cultures.
Who is your hero and why?
My parents and my grandparents.
What is your favorite sport to play or watch?
I was on the Varsity Women’s Lightweight Rowing team at the UW in college, so I enjoy watching crew races. I also am a former figure skater and still love to keep up with the skating world.
If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?
What is your most memorable travel experience?
My favorite travel experiences involve adventure and experiencing new places. One Summer, my sister and I did a rustic trip through the Yucatan. We only brought a small backpack and we stayed in hostels along the way. Mexican hostels were a new experience…choosing between rooms with a mattress or a hammock, sleeping with geckos on the walls, having no screens on the windows, and no toilet paper allowed in the toilets!
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Babysitting for a set of twins who would shoot me with marbles out of a sling shot.
What is your favorite tradition around the holidays?
Spending time with family and eating lots of Scandinavian cookies.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
I have a few…Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music, and Pride and Prejudice
What is your favorite book of all time?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Just about any advice I have gotten from my Dad. He always knows how to put things into perspective.
If you could relive any moment, what would that be?
My wedding. Marrying a great guy while surrounded by the most important people in my life…it all went way too fast!
Where were you when Sept. 11, 2001, occurred?
Wausau, Wis. It was my first day off of work in several weeks, so I slept in that morning. I woke up to find out the world had changed.
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