"Katrina was the catalyst for the turning point for The Weather Channel. Prior to it, our main focus was to be the best forecasters in this country. After, we realized that there was so much more in terms of weather stories that we needed to cover. The aftermath is just as important as getting the forecast out."
About This Interview
In her one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Vivian Brown talks about her early interest in weather and her exhaustive study of meteorology in college. She describes first being hired by The Weather Channel in 1986, just out of college, and recalls her early days there learning to do the weather on-camera. She discusses her on-camera persona, and comments on her changing looks over the years. She speaks of the many fans of The Weather Channel, and states that she is often approached by them in public. She outlines The Weather Channel's coverage of severe weather and national events, including the coverage of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and 9/11. Brown talks about diversity in television and the challenges of being both a woman and a minority in the world of meteorology, and offers what she believes to be the legacy of The Weather Channel. Finally she dispenses advice for those interested in becoming a meteorologist. Karen Herman conducted the interview on April 22, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.