Laura Buchtel

Laura Buchtel

Laura Buchtel

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Posted on May 4, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 11:34 AM

Laura knew she wanted to be a meteorologist at 12 years old, right around the time Hurricane Andrew delayed her first day of sixth grade at St. Paul's Episcopal School. She was glued to the TV watching the radar and doing pretend weathercasts for her family and anyone else who'd listen.

Born and raised in Metairie, Laura attended Dominican High School, then Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, earning a degree in broadcast meteorology in Dec. 2003. While she was there, Laura said she presented weathercasts for the campus television studio.

Laura interned at Channel 4 during the summer of her senior year at MSU, spending the afternoons forecasting with WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo.

"It was a great learning experience, and made me even more excited to begin my career," she said.

Laura's first on-air job put her in the role of weekend meteorologist for KOLR 10 News in Springfield, Missouri, where she witnessed many stretches of bad weather.

"One night that stands out in my mind, we had a strong tornado track across the entire viewing area, and we had continuous coverage for eight hours," she said.

She moved back to New Orleans just five days before Hurricane Katrina, but then quickly evacuated to Tupelo, Mississippi.

In December 2005, WWL-TV asked Laura to work in the Weather Center for a week while the meteorology staff got a much needed break. Not long after that, Laura returned to the city for good and now serves as the meteorologist for the Eyewitness Morning News.

Since joining the team Laura has been honored with Louisiana Associated Press awards for Best Weathercast and Breaking Weather, as well as a New Orleans Press Club award for Best Weathercast.

Laura loves to travel, watch the Miss. State Bulldogs football team, and dine out at her favorite New Orleans restaurants. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and miniature schnauzer.

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