Elisabeth D’Amore

Elisabeth D’Amore

Elisabeth D’Amore

By: Claire Winesett

Elisabeth D’Amore graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013, but her education continues to impact her on a daily basis as a broadcast meteorologist at a TV station that is the top station in a medium size market.

“The things I learned in the classroom allow me to stand confidently in front of the green screen everyday,” D’Amore said.

D’Amore received her bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, and then began her career as a broadcast meteorologist at the ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, Georgia, where she now lives.

“I worked as a weekend meteorologist for two and a half years before being promoted to Morning Meteorologist in June 2016,” D’Amore said. “It’s been a rewarding and humbling three years in TV news. I’ve been able to improve my craft in communicating, but I’ve also realized my passion for public safety.”

D’Amore’s favorite class at MSU was Broadcast Meteorology Practicum taught by her greatest mentor, Renny Vandewage, who was an instructor of broadcast meteorology in the Department of Geosciences at the time. D’Amore says that this department gave her the necessary tools to learn all she could about weather – from learning “how to forecast it behind the camera and how to effectively communicate it in front of the camera.”

“My experience at MSU gave me hundreds of unforgettable memories and countless life lessons,” D’Amore said. One lesson that she shares with future and current MSU students is: 

“Get involved in anything and everything you desire. Don’t be afraid to do it alone. The thing is, you’re not alone.” She continues, “Most folks you interact with in college and beyond are more like you than you think. Most of us have similar insecurities, questions, emotions and feelings. But we also have our differences, and you should bring those differences to the table and let others around you nurture those special qualities to help transform you into a better person.”

She also encourages students to “Branch out and make friends in several different areas of school. Meet your professors and get to know them. Be a part of all the groups offered by your college and department. The people you get to know there will help and encourage you throughout your career.”

Some of D’Amore’s favorite college memories include being a Gamma Chi during panhellenic recruitment, a two-week storm chasing class where she saw five tornadoes, and talking with incoming students about the College of Arts and Sciences while serving on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council.

Besides following the weather, D’Amore says that she enjoys reading, water skiing, clogging (a form of folk dance) and spending time with a small group of ladies in her new town that get together for fun once a week.

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