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, WKYC 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.
Her industry awards include a 2012 Emmy Award for News: Weathercast, a 2009 Emmy Award for Crafts: Weather, and a 2003 Emmy Award for Team Effort News Event Coverage of the Columbia Shuttle Tragedy. She also gathered nominations for Emmy Awards for News: Weathercast in 2012 and 2008; and Crafts: Weather in 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2005. In 2007 Betsy was awarded first place by the Ohio Associated Press for 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 and 2018. 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 (2018 Best TV Personality, 2016 Best Meteorologist), and Akron Magazine.
Passionate about teaching people of all ages about the weather, Betsy created and annually produces Channel 3's 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.