SOMERSET, NJ - If you want to know more about the weather patterns forcing most people to use an umbrella almost daily, lately on the East Coast, just ask a local woman—Monique Robinson.
This 23-year-old Franklin High School Alum and Maryland University graduate is both a reporter and meteorologist with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Atmospheric & Oceanic Science.
“I can’t sit still. I need to keep active,” says Robinson of why she knew she had to add meteorology to her studies after experiencing her very first weather class. It meant lots of math, science and even physics, but she embraced the challenge.
Robinson was willing to go almost anywhere for a job, and her resume reel on YouTube had her flying around the country for interviews until she wound up in a city she had never set foot in—Wilmington, N.C., a college town with five beaches.
Now, she’s part of a team at WWAY TV forecasting the weather nightly and reporting on news for five main counties. Robinson also reaches out to mobile viewers with live-stream reports and through social media, growing her fan base.
Don’t let the length of a weather segment fool you—a lot of preparation goes into each forecast from the creation of various models to consults with other meteorologists. The goal is a forecast everyone can agree on so that viewers get a report they can trust.
On the news side, which also will be occupying Robinson’s time, she’s only just getting started, so no big scoops, yet. Still, she loves what journalists do because of the people stories they tell. “We go throughout our day to day and don’t really get to know how other people live. Journalism gives you the opportunity…,” she says.
For motivating her toward this exciting yet competitive career, Robinson credits her teachers and she hasn’t forgotten the TV production program that inspired her at none other than Franklin High School (Robinson did weekly broadcasts while a student there).
“Teaching is one of the most underrated professions, but one thing that shaped my life was my teachers,” says Robinson. At Franklin High, she drew encouragement from Michael Pinnix, and at Maryland U, it was Dr. Tim Canty, but she also has a few teachers in the family: grandmother Faye Robinson, a longtime Franklin teacher, who coached her for oratorial competitions; and her mom, Maxine Robinson, a current teacher there.
The encouragement she received from all these fronts, including her dad, Rodney, and two siblings, has brought her this far and has even allowed her to dream big. “My ultimate goal is to work in NYC,” she says of where she’d like to be in 10 years.
Her advice for other young people in pursuit of their dreams: “I would say never lose your passion for what you want to do. Things don’t always go how you’d prefer, but if you keep your passion, it will always work out in the end.”
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