Chief Meteorologist Alissa Carlson has crossed the country covering all types of weather. She's forecasted weather for Kern County's Valley, Mountains, and Deserts since 2007. Growing up in Illinois, Alissa spent most of her life watching severe thunderstorms and measuring snow with her dad who loves weather. Meanwhile, Alissa's mom was a reporter and so another career in broadcasting was born. After graduating Salutatorian in high school, Alissa went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science degree at Illinois State University followed by a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She holds the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.
In 2010, Alissa won the Mark Twain Award from the Associated Press for Best Weathercast. She also won Best Weathercast in Bakersfield in 2009 & 2011 from the Kern Press Club. Other highlights of Alissa's weather career include covering snowstorms, tornadoes, and historic Mississippi River Floods while in the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities. While in Greenville, North Carolina, Alissa worked through the active hurricane season of 2004. She went on to cover the record-breaking hurricane season of 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Since moving to Bakersfield, Alissa has become very involved in the community. In February 2008, Alissa was chosen for the cover of Bakersfield Magazine. She's a member of KGET's Relay for Life team and helps with fundraising year-round. She's also a lector (reader) at St. Phillip's Catholic Church. She was selected as a Lady in Red by the American Heart Association, as part of its "Go Red For Women" campaign. Both on-camera and off, Alissa attends numerous charity events.
You can also connect with Alissa on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/alissa.carlson2