One of the most viewed channels on American television during hurricane season is The Weather Channel. Further concerns over the recent climatic changes in the country seen through the increase in terrestrial rain and wildfires among other things have driven people to always tune into the station. While The Weather Channel has benefitted from this, people like meteorologist Stephanie Abrams have also achieved a higher level of fame.
Abrams first gained the attention of the public in 2009 when she appeared alongside Al Roker to co-host Wake Up With Al on NBC. The following year, she reported live at the Winter Olympics for both Wake Up With Al and The Weather Channel’s morning television program, America’s Morning Headquarters (AMHQ). She would later land a permanent position as the co-host of AMHQ with Jen Carfagno and Jim Cantore.
Stephanie Abrams Has Two University Degrees
Since she was young, Stephanie Abrams has had some sort of fascination with science, particularly with space exploration and weather phenomenons. This led her to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center museum’s Space Camp at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
For her high school education, she attended Forest Hill Community High School before enrolling at the University of Florida in Gainesville to study Geography and minor in mathematics. At the institution, she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, rising to the position of President. She would later get elected to Phi Beta Kappa after graduating with an honors Bachelor of Science degree.
With a desire to become a meteorologist, Stephanie Abrams returned to school to receive the necessary education. Meteorology is not a field one can enter without receiving some form of special training or education. To be a meteorologist, one must have received the necessary education and gotten awarded at least one undergraduate university degree in meteorology. It would further be a plus for one to have extensive interest in the field to be successful, something that Stephanie had plenty of when growing up.
After obtaining her first degree, Ms. Abrams enrolled at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee where she completed the requirements to be awarded a cum laude B.S. degree in meteorology.
Her Meteorology Career Kicked Off Right After School
While at FSU, Stephanie Abrams got her first taste of life as a meteorologist. Going by the school’s tradition, meteorology students were given free access to the student-run news and weather production channel, FSU Live, to practice forecasting weather conditions on-air. This experience proved to be very vital to her career as it helped her transition seamlessly to a pro career.
Abrams’ professional career began when she was employed by the ABC-affiliated WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida, to serve as a morning meteorologist. In 2003, after she had served as the president of the North Florida chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) from 2002 to 2003, Stephanie moved to join The Weather Channel as a reporter and a fill-in. After two years, her exemplary work ethic saw her get named the co-host of The Weekend View in 2005, marking the start of better things to come in her career. By 2006, she became an on-camera meteorologist after she was named the co-host of two shows; Abrams and Bettes: Beyond the Forecast and Weather Center.
Stephanie Abrams’ big break eventually came in 2010 when she reported live from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada for both AMHQ: American Morning Headquarters and Wake Up With Al. During that time, between 2009 and 2015 to be exact, she served as the co-host of the NBC show alongside Al Roker.
Other shows she has since gone on to co-host or appear in as a fill-in include The Weather Channel’s On The Radar, Morning Rush, and NBC’s Today among several others.
Stephanie Abrams Married Her Co-Worker
After joining The Weather Channel in the mid-2000s and getting to host her own program, Abrams and Bettes: Beyond the Forecast, Stephanie Abrams began having a thing with her co-host, Mike Bettes. The two meteorologists took a liking to each other after they were able to create so much on-screen chemistry on their show. This moved on to something concrete off-screen as Bettes took the bold step of proposing to her.
While the exact date they wedded is not public information, the pair are believed to have moved quickly to make things official.
The Union Ended Almost As Soon After It Started
Everything appeared to have been going on well with the couple until they shocked everyone by announcing a divorce. They ended things and decided to go their separate ways after four months of marriage. The announcement did not come with any reason, leaving people to speculate that their professional life as hosts of a show must have played a role.
The Duo Have Since Moved On But Remain Friends
Abrams and Bettes have since moved on with their lives, marrying other people while still remaining friends. Bettes was the first to move forward with life as he remarried in October 2012 when he exchanged vows with CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar. The pair dated for a few years before committing to spending the rest of their lives together.
Stephanie Abrams, on the other hand, took her time to heal before giving love another chance. After a few years of keeping people guessing on details of her love life, she revealed in a 2017 Instagram post that she had gotten engaged to a man whose name is given as Liann Freeman. The following year, the pair exchanged vows to become husband and wife. The public did not get to know about this until 2019 when she chose to make it public. Stephanie has since guarded details about her family, not revealing too much about her husband who appears to not have any social media presence.