|Born||Amy Elizabeth Freeze
1974/1975 (age 38–39)
Utah, United States
|Education||Brigham Young University
Mississippi State University
University of Pennsylvania
Amy Elizabeth Freeze "The Big Freeze" is the weekend meteorologist at WABC-TV in New York. Freeze was the first female chief meteorologist in Chicago for Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD in Chicago from 2007–2011. She can also be seen on ABC's Good Morning America.
Early life and education
Born in Utah and raised in Indiana, Amy is the eldest of five daughters of Bill and Linda Freeze. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1992. A Mormon, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Brigham Young University in 1995. Freeze also received Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University. She has a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, writing her thesis on a concept she defined as "the Storm Water Action Alert Program," dealing with major cities and combined sewer overflows.
Before joining WFLD, Amy Freeze worked for NBC's WCAU in Philadelphia for four years as a Meteorologist and Co-Host of 10! a live entertainment show on NBC10. During that time she also worked at Rockefeller Center as fill in for the "Weekend Today Show" and MSNBC. Freeze worked in Denver at both KWGN and KMGH. She began her broadcasting career in Portland, Oregon at KPTV on Good Day Oregon. Freeze had a cameo appearance in the "Scrubs" episode My Life in Four Cameras. She uses viewers' digital photos sent in via twitter, Facebook and email that capture the weather, including them in her forecasts as "Freeze Frame." She created "The Freeze Factor" – a special segment where she rates the next day's weather on a scale of 1 to 10.
During her time in Chicago, Freeze visited more than 10,000 area students each year giving weather presentations on tornadoes and other severe weather. She hosted the first ever Weather Education Days for MLB's Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and for the Chicago Wolves Hockey team. Freeze was the first ever female sideline reporter for Major League Soccer working for the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, and the Chicago Fire. She also worked on the sidelines for the NFL Chicago Bears for four seasons.
Freeze has certificate number 111 from the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist—she was one of the first 20 women in the world to receive this certification. In addition, Freeze has her National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society Seals of Approval. She is a three-time National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award winner.
In 2011, Freeze joined WABC-TV in New York City, as the weekend morning weathercaster.
Freeze married Gary Arbuckle in 1994 while both were students at Brigham Young University; she was a cheerleader and he was Cosmo the Cougar. She and her husband won $100,000 in a weight-loss contest in 1999. Freeze is a runner who has completed multiple marathons; she is also a certified scuba diver. She and her husband, who is a Chiropractor, have four children: Tyler (14–15), Jared (11–12), Kate (7–8), and William (4–5). Freeze and her family reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
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- "Former Cheerleaders Still Partners in Fitness and Life". BYU Magazine. Brigham Young University. Winter 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Cheers! — Amy (Freeze) Arbuckle, '95 - Denver, Colo.". BYU Magazine. Brigham Young University. Summer 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
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- "Meteorologist Amy Freeze visits Fullerton". Addison Elementary School District 4. October 5, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Amy Freeze Talks to the 2nd Grade Mann Elementary School Class All About the Weather". Oak Park Newspaper (Suburban Journals of Chicago). December 2, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Classroom Happenings". Crete-Monee School District, Illinois. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007.
- Doffin, Gregg (November 17, 2007). "TV's Freeze speaks to students". The Times of Northwest Indiana.
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- "Amy Freeze's Amazing Story: Couple Lost Weight And Won Contest". HealthWatch. WCAU. Archived from the original on November 9, 2004.
- Quantock McCarey, Deb (March 8, 2011). "For ex-Fox meteorologist and Oak Park resident Amy Freeze the forecast is bright". Wednesday Journal (Oak Park, Illinois).