Amy Freeze

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Amy Freeze
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Freeze at Soldier Field for a Chicago Bears game, October 2008
Born Amy Elizabeth Freeze
1974/1975 (age 39–40)[1]
Utah, United States
Education Brigham Young University
Mississippi State University
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Meteorologist
Spouse(s) Gary Arbuckle (married 1994)
Children Four
Website
AmyFreeze.com

Amy Elizabeth Freeze[2] (born 1974 or 1975),[1] "The Big Freeze", is an American television meteorologist.

Since 2011, she has been the weekend meteorologist at WABC-TV in New York City, New York.[1] She can also be seen on ABC's Good Morning America.

Freeze was the first female chief meteorologist in Chicago, Illinois, for Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD in Chicago, serving from 2007 to 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Utah and raised in Indiana,[3] Freeze is the eldest of five daughters of Bill and Linda Freeze.

She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1992.[4] A Mormon, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah,[3] in 1995.[5][6] Freeze also received Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi,[3][7] She has a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, writing her thesis on a concept she defined as "the Storm Water Action Alert Program", dealing with major cities and combined sewer overflows.[8]

Career[edit]

Before joining WFLD, 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 in New York City as a substitute for NBC's Weekend Today and MSNBC. Freeze worked in Denver, Colorado, 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 episode "My Life in Four Cameras" (2005) of the comedy-drama television series Scrubs (2001–2010).

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 one to ten.[9]

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.[10][11][12][13] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2011, Freeze joined WABC-TV in New York City, as the weekend morning weathercaster.

Personal life[edit]

Freeze married Gary Arbuckle in 1994 while both were students at Brigham Young University; she was a cheerleader and he was Cosmo the Cougar.[5][6] She and her husband won $100,000 in a weight-loss contest in 1999.[5][14][15] Freeze is a runner who has completed multiple marathons; she is also a certified scuba diver.[3]

She and her husband, who is a chiropractor, have four children: Tyler (15–16), Jared (12–13), Kate (8–9), and William (5–6).[16] Freeze and her family reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Feder, Robert (April 6, 2011). "Chicago's loss is New York's gain: Weather shifts Freeze to WABC-TV". TimeOut Chicago. Retrieved April 6, 2011. "Freeze, 36" 
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (January 30, 2007). "WBBM resets Bears clock after complaints". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Amy Freeze - official bio". WABC-TV. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mann, David A. (August 9, 2011). "Cool news: Jeffersonville native doing weather on Good Morning America". News and Tribune (Jeffersonville, Indiana). 
  5. ^ a b c "Former Cheerleaders Still Partners in Fitness and Life". BYU Magazine. Brigham Young University. Winter 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Cheers! — Amy (Freeze) Arbuckle, '95 - Denver, Colo.". BYU Magazine. Brigham Young University. Summer 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Warthen, Heather (November 13, 2007). "Freeze-ing over Sandburg High School". The Orland Park Prairie. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amy Freeze's Stormwater Alerts". AmyFreeze.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Short report, go to #1095". Tvjobs.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Meteorologist Amy Freeze visits Fullerton". Addison Elementary School District 4. October 5, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Classroom Happenings". Crete-Monee School District, Illinois. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. 
  13. ^ Doffin, Gregg (November 17, 2007). "TV's Freeze speaks to students". The Times of Northwest Indiana. 
  14. ^ "1999 Champions: Gary and Amy Arbuckle". Body-for-LIFE. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Amy Freeze's Amazing Story: Couple Lost Weight And Won Contest". HealthWatch. WCAU. Archived from the original on November 9, 2004. 
  16. ^ 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). 

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