ATLANTA (January 10, 2008) - The Weather Channel announces Natalie Allen as the newest member of its multi-platform Climate Initiative team. Natalie will appear on Forecast Earth, the all-weather network's weekly program on climate change, when it expands to an hour tonight, alongside Dr. Heidi Cullen, the series' climate expert.
Besides anchor duties, Natalie will report in the field on the visionaries and newsmakers involved with climate change and green solutions. For Forecast Earth, she has worked with environmental activist David Suzuki and human rights leader Van Jones and taken a look at the green efforts being made by the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team.
Natalie has been a broadcast journalist for 23 years, working as an award winning correspondent, news anchor, producer, writer, copy editor, photographer and videotape editor. Most recently, she was a news correspondent for NBC News and an MSNBC News anchor. Natalie also brings experience from her nine years behind the anchor desk at CNN. Past anchor and correspondent work includes time with WFTV in Orlando, FL, WREG in Memphis, TN, and KFSM in Ft. Smith, AR.
"We are excited that Natalie will bring her trademark professionalism, gravitas, nationally respected reputation and a genuine interest in climate change and green living to TWC," said Kaye Zusmann, vice president of programming strategy and development at The Weather Channel.
Natalie has anchored live coverage and breaking news from the White House to battlefields in Europe and the Middle East, from the courtroom to Capitol Hill, from hurricanes to massive wildfires, from terrorist acts at home to wars abroad, and from presidential elections to political scandal. She has interviewed countless national and international newsmakers, from Henry Kissinger on the future of Russia and Jerry Falwell on the Moral Majority to Louis Farrakhan on the Nation of Islam and author J. K. Rowling on the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Natalie has reported on many key moments in recent history. She anchored presidential news conferences from the White House during three administrations, live coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, and numerous American military actions beginning with live coverage during U.S.-led air strikes on Iraq in 1992. Natalie was the first to break the story that O.J. Simpson was under arrest for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. She anchored live reports following the death of Princess Diana and was the first to report on the death of Mother Teresa. Allen was also the first network anchor to report live from the anchor desk on the initial shootout between the FBI and followers of David Koresh in Waco, Texas.
While at WFTV, she was voted "Favorite Morning Personality" in a readers' poll conducted by the Florida Today Newspaper. A report in her series about the dangers of children and accidental shootings won her a regional Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Charis Community Housing and Hands on Atlanta.
A native of Memphis, Natalie received her bachelor's degree in radio, TV, and film from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. in 1984, where she has since been inducted into the Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame. She attended graduate school in political science at the University of Memphis. She has been a guest speaker for civic groups, universities, fraternal organizations and for three years, served as host and keynote speaker for the "Women Making a Mark" awards presentation by Atlanta magazine.
About Forecast Earth
A leader in the area of climate change and the environment, The Weather Channel airs “Forecast Earth: This Week,” an original weekly program where climate news meets green living.The one-hour program airs Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET, with a re-airing on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.The television show and its Web site enable viewers to become even more knowledgeable about environmental issues and what they can do to make a difference.A broadcast journalist for 23 years, Natalie Allen will anchor and report from the field.The show’s climate expert, Dr. Heidi Cullen, has been with The Weather Channel since 2003 and has the key responsibility of adding explanation, depth and perspective to climate stories.For more information, visit www.weather.com.
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