MSU Meteorology Graduate Wins Three Regional Emmys


Contact person: Carl Smith

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Hannah Strong, a Mississippi State geoscience graduate and meteorologist for WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky, recently helped her station win three Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards.

WDRB meteorologist Hannah Strong poses with the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award she received for the station’s crew coverage of severe weather. Strong, a 2015 Mississippi State graduate, also won an Emmy for Best Weatherman and was part of the group that won an Emmy for Best Newscast. (photo sent)

Strong won the regional Emmy for best meteorologist and was part of the station’s team that won awards for best newscast and coverage of a tornado outbreak. In total, the station and its journalists won 16 awards.

Strong, who began his undergraduate studies on the path to becoming an engineer, thanked his former teachers – including Professor Mike Brown of MSU’s Department of Geosciences, instructor Lindsey Poe and former instructor Renny Vandewege – and the MSU Career Center for introducing her to a field she would come to love and preparing her for life after graduation.

“MSU has helped me prepare to get a job right out of college, handle the weird things thrown at me in this business, and do it with grace and kindness. It was one of the biggest aspects of my education at MSU – I was well prepared to start my career and to be a complete person,” the Birmingham, Alabama native said. “In my experience, it’s not just about classes at MSU; it’s about living your life well.

In 2015, Strong graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in geosciences and a concentration in professional meteorology. She joined WDRB in 2017 after starting her career in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Strong holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist credential from the American Meteorological Society and a National Weather Association Seal of Approval, and she serves on the NWA Board of Directors, the NWA Social Media Committee, and the AMS Broadcast Board.

About one in three of today’s on-air meteorologists graduate from the university’s nationally recognized meteorology program.

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