Elizabeth Gardner

WRAL's Elizabeth Gardner serves as a meteorologist for WRAL-TV's morning and noon newscasts.

WRAL meteorologist

Professional Experience:
1998 to present: meteorologist, WRAL-TV; 1995 to 1998: weather anchor, KXLY-TV, Spokane, Wash.; 1994-1995: meteorologist, WECT-TV, Wilmington, N.C.; 1990 to 1994: reporter, WGHP-TV, High Point, N.C.

Awards & Recognition:
Regional Emmy for Best Weathercast 2001; Emmy nomination - weather anchor (1998); Certified Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association Seal of Approval

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences, 1997, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1989, University of Colorado at Boulder; St. Mary's College, Raleigh, 1987

Raleigh, N.C.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
Mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, reading; member of Junior League of Raleigh; member of Carolina Canoe Club; board member for Raleigh Parks and Recreation System Plan

Husband, Tripp; two children

Likes Best About North Carolina:
I’m from North Carolina. I’ve lived in many other parts of the country and I’m very happy to be here. North Carolina has friendly people. It is beautiful and diverse. It makes a great playground. You can spend one weekend at the beach paddleboarding and the next weekend in the mountains snowboarding! We really have it all.

Most Memorable Assignments:
Every hurricane I’ve covered. Hurricane Bonnie in 1998 was the first. I remember losing power in the hotel and the roof shingles blowing off. We were a little wet even inside but we were fine. The next year it was Hurricane Floyd. We spent the night on an office building floor near Charleston. I remember how hard it was to find a road that wasn’t flooded on our drive back to Raleigh.