WRAL's Kat Campbell talks snow and her puppy influencer Jazzy
Posted January 13, 2021 9:30 a.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2021 6:18 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell has been forecasting the weather from her home a lot in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but she's not alone. Campbell has her constant companion, Jazzy, a 7 year-old Yorkie, by her side.
"Jazzy is a ball of fur and sass," Campbell said on the WRAL Out and About Podcast this week. "She's my lifeline. She's my best friend in the world."
While Jazzy makes frequent appearances on Campbell's social media pages, the pup has her own Instagram account.
Having her furry friend by her side has helped with the chaos of 2020, Campbell said. And that's why she encouraged her friend, WRAL anchor and reporter Mikaya Thurmond, to get a Yorkie of her own.
Thurmond talked about her Yorkie, Tinkerbell, on last week's Out and About Podcast.
Campbell and Thurmond don't just have matching dogs. They are also co-hosting this year's virtual WRAL Voters' Choice Awards ceremony on Thursday night.
"Mikaya is a really good friend of mine. Even outside of work, we have been texting about it," Campbell said. "This is such a big deal. I mean, everywhere I go from my dog groomer to some of my favorite restaurants, I see the stickers on the window and it's always a (good) sign."
Campbell, who grew up in the Winston-Salem area, is a North Carolina State University graduate.
"I wanted to be a meteorologist since I was about eight years old. I love the snow," Campbell said.
Campbell has a long history at WRAL, dating back to high school when she did a career project at the station .
"I made sure that I was going into the right field," she said. "They let me come shadow them - the meteorologist. Then I decided this is for me, so I went to college for it. I interned after that at WRAL in college."
During her senior year in college, Campbell was hired part-time to help WRAL switch graphics systems. Now, Campbell is back at WRAL forecasting the weather.
"I feel so blessed to be part of their team. This is where I've always wanted to be," Campbell said.