Amber Alexander is a well-known American Media personality from Western Lowa who served as a meteorologist for WHO TV (Channel 13). She joined the Channel 13 ‘First Alert Storm Team‘ in December 2015.
Prior to that, Amber worked as a reporter and meteorologist at KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska. She served as the Activities Director for the ‘Nebraska Storm Chase Team,’ Secretary of the ‘American Meteorological Society,’ and also worked as an intern at the state climate office for around 2 years. Amber married Cory Martin, who is a meteorologist for NWS, in 2019.
After serving for more than 6 years, Amber left Des Moines station, WHO 13. She did not make any public statement about it at first, but she posted on Facebook that this would be her last climate broadcast before WHO-13 as she was leaving, and people wondered why she departed.
|Profession||Meteorogist, Reporter and Media Personality|
|Age (as in 2023)||-|
|Place of Birth||Council Bluffs, Iowa|
|Education||Bachelor’s Degree (Meteorology/Climatology)|
|Almameter||The University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx)||in feet inches - 5 '5"
in centimeters - 165 cm
in meters - 1.65 m
|Weight (approx)||in kilograms - 52 kg
in pounds - 114 lbs
|Family, Relationship & More|
|Husband / Spouse||Cory Martin|
|Net Worth (approx)||$ 200k|
Amber Alexander was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and her father is from Nebraska. She acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology/Climatology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Amber developed an interest in weather when she was 11 years old, in sixth grade.
In her words: “I was 11 and in sixth grade, and we were studying the basics of weather. That caught my attention, and I thought it was so cool. We were watching the news at home that night after school, and the screen said, ‘meteorologist,’ and I thought, “Wow, that’s really neat! That’s what I want to do someday.” I’ve stuck with it ever since. I grew up a huge Husker fan, so when I went to visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I thought, ‘I can’t compete with this.’”
“By my sophomore year of college, I was practicing to be a broadcast meteorologist on the green screen. I had an internship with the state climatologist during my sophomore year of college. I was 19 years old, and I had my own little office. I felt so cool. I was doing basic climate work and was tracking temperature trends throughout Nebraska.”
Amber said that the reason she left Channel 13 was her mental health. She has been open about her fight with diagnosed anxiety, which includes obsessive-compulsive disorder tendencies, since 2019. She has been experiencing chest pain, which she learned was linked to her anxiety.
Amber opined that doing multiple hours of severe weather coverage can be both mentally and physically draining. Watching when people die and houses/businesses are destroyed, they, as meteorologists, were heartbroken in a way that was difficult to process. She also developed an eye twitch when she took a second job to help her family. She shared her struggles in order to bring awareness about mental health problems.
She said: “We as humans shouldn’t feel ashamed to have a mental illness, contrary to what we sometimes believe; it’s not something we can control.”
Some Interesting Facts About Amber Alexander
- Amber Alexander’s profile on the WHO 13 website says she is a Husker fan and loves reading and gardening. She started her career in the media as a broadcaster for UNL’s student-run newscast, Star City News. She later interned for KETV in Omaha, NE.
- Amber and Cory were engaged in January 2018, exchanged their vows in the heart of Iowa in June 2019, and in October, they honeymooned in Thailand. They have two pets, Fitz and Ollie. Fitz was adopted as a puppy in November 2016, and Ollie was rescued in February 2020.
- She started her new job at Kinship Brewing Company, Waukee, as a full-time employee. But she said, despite her career change, she is still a degreed meteorologist, and she still cares and loves to inform the potential hazards in the weather of Central Lowa. She will continue to educate on the effects of climate change, which is an extremely important issue these days.
- Amber expressed her gratitude for the chances afforded her at WHO and the audience who trusted her to report factual weather and news coverage.