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Jessica Starr

Jessica Starr
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05/09/2014 - Jessica Starr is the magnetic meteorologist for WJBK-Channel 2 who was once a math and science nerd at Walled Lake Central.

"I took a lot of the Earth science and geography classes. I thought I wanted to be a doctor but (my class at Central) went to the morgue and I passed out and threw up," she laughed.

Growing up, Starr often watched the Weather Channel. "I was fascinated with it. Whenever there was a storm, I was glued to the TV."

After high school, Starr went to Michigan State University and later earned a certificate in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University. While at Michigan State, Starr interned for WJBK-Channel 2 as well as WDIV-Channel 4.

"I would attribute some of my success to Chris Edwards," she said. "Chuck (Gaidica) and Paul (Gross) really helped guide me. There were times when I wondered if I should keep going and they were cheerleaders for me. They are all kind of Detroit legends."

Starr's TV career started at WLNS-Channel 6 in Lansing as the weekend meteorologist. She later became the weekend meteorologist and feature reporter at WBFF-FOX 45 in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she covered two back-to-back Nor'easters in 2010. The area endured 55 inches of snow within a five-day period.

"We were pretty much snowed in at the station and turned into the 24-hour news station. It was an amazing experience that I hopefully never have to live through again."

After four years in Baltimore, Starr targeted the midwest for a new position in an effort to be closer to her family. In December 2010, she was offered the job at WJBK-Channel 2.

"It happened so fast. The stars kind of aligned and I was here at the right time," she said. "I love being home. I love being close to family. I'm proud to be giving Michigan their weather report."

Since reporting for WJBK-Channel 2, Starr points to the 2013-2014 winter as the most challenging. "We can all say we've lived through the polar vortexes."

In addition to her work as a meteorologist, Starr is on the streets of metro Detroit covering the "Made in Michigan" segments for WJBK-Channel 2.

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