Betsy Kling was born and raised right here in Northeast Ohio. Her hometown, Copley, is in Summit County just to the west of Akron. After graduating from Copley High School she went to Bowling Green State University where she earned her journalism degree and a minor in meteorology. She finished her remaining meteorology coursework through Mississippi State University. Betsy worked in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Jacksonville, Florida, before coming home in 2003. In 2008 she became Cleveland's first female Chief Meteorologist.
Betsy is part of a small (but growing!) group of women in the country who have earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) accreditation from the American Meteorological Society, as well as the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association (NWA).
In 2018, 3News tapped Betsy to start a multi-year initiative to encourage and promote girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Calling it "Growing Curiosity: Girls In STEM", the station quickly gained recognition for shining the spotlight on women in STEM careers and highlighting "STEMbassadors" -- women and girls doing great things in STEM. The collections of stories and interviews are available at WKYC's Growing Curiosity: Girls in STEM.
In January, 2020, Betsy teamed up with Jay Crawford to debut What's New, a newscast that mixes personality and credibility. Jay and Betsy guide those watching on-air and on-line through the day's news and the latest happenings.
Her industry awards include:
2019, 2012 Emmy Awards for News: Weathercast
2009 Emmy Award for Crafts: Weather
2003 Emmy Award for Team Effort News Event Coverage of the Columbia Shuttle Tragedy
Best Evening Newscast 2019
Crafts: Weather 2019, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2005
News: Weathercast 2012, 2008
Health/Science Program 2019 Orion: The Next Frontier (Executive Producer and host)
All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
Best Weathercast 2020, 2019
Best TV Program 2020 Orion: The Next Frontier (Executive Producer/Host)
Ohio Associated Press
2007 Best Regularly Scheduled Weather
In November of 2015, Betsy was the 8th recipient of one of the highest honors in Northeast Ohio media -- The Chuck Heaton Award from The Press Club of Cleveland. It is given to an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of Chuck Heaton, the late Plain Dealer reporter and Press Club Hall of Famer who passed away in February 2008. Heaton was known for his lifelong dedication to journalism, his fairness, his concern for community and helping others.
Betsy has been named the "Best of Cleveland" Weather Forecaster by the readers of Cleveland Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. She's also been featured on the magazine's cover of the "City List" issue and is a "Most Interesting People" alumna.
Additionally, KIing has been featured in other publications like Cleveland Scene (2019 Best Anchor, 2018 Best TV Personality, 2016 Best Meteorologist), and Akron Magazine. Crain's Cleveland named her a Notable Woman in STEM in 2019.
Passionate about teaching people of all ages about the weather, Betsy created and annually produces 3News' Weather Education Day with the Cleveland Indians. She often speaks at schools and civic organization meetings, as well as giving her time to many charity events throughout the area. The Hattie Larlham organization, which cares for and promotes the independence of people with disabilities, named her to the elite Rudolph H. Garfield Circle of Caring in 2012, as well as previously honoring her with a 2004 Media Service Award.
Additionally, she is active in the National Weather Association, and is a founding director for the National Weather Association Foundation. Annually she organizes fundraisers to support NWA college scholarships for aspiring meteorologists. Previously Betsy was elected as a NWA Councilor and was honored with the National Weather Association's Member of the Year award for 2004. In 2015, she received a Special Achievement Award all of her fundraising efforts over the years.
Her other career is being a mom to daughters Josie and Vi. Once in a while she gets to take a nap, which is quite possibly the best reward ever.