Meredith Garofalo joined NewsChannel 3 in December, 2013 as morning meteorologist. You can get her forecasts every weekday morning on NewsChannel 3 from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and at 11 p.m. She also is the meteorologist on Fox 11 News every weekday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and is the host of "Motivation Monday."
Meredith has earned the American Meteorologist Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation, the highest seal attainable for a television meteorologist.
Most recently, Meredith was crowned the 2016 champion of Santa Barbara's "Dancing Under the Stars." Meredith was also voted Santa Barbara's Favorite Weathercaster in 2016.
Meredith also produces a weekly segment, "Meredith's Weekend Picks", which highlights community events up and down the coast and works on other feature reports for the newscasts.
Receiving her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with minor in TV/Radio Communications from Valparaiso University, Meredith got her start in the business as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago. Meredith has previously worked at ABC affiliates in Rapid City, South Dakota and Sarasota, Florida.
Meredith has covered it all, from tropical storms to blizzards, flooding to tornadoes, and hailstorms to wildfires; she has also reported, filmed and produced feature stories ranging from coastal and plains wildlife, education, politics, to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Meredith is very passionate about giving back to the community and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities over the years. Meredith donates her time and talents to many causes including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Family Service Agency, the American Cancer Society, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Make-A-Wish, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the American Red Cross.
She sits on Family Service Agency's Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Council and is also a Community Council Leader for the American Cancer Society.
Meredith enjoys giving classroom talks to students including career days at local high schools through Partners in Education. She is an accomplished singer and actress, performing different venues of music at local charity and community events.
In September 2013, she starred as "Rizzo" in “Grease” and was a finalist in the 2014 Star Voice Competition. She was a Celebrity Dancer also in the Oxnard Salsa Festival's "Dancing with Our Community Stars" in 2015 and in 2016 for "Dancing Under the Stars." You can also catch her performing our National Anthem at various UCSB sporting events.
Other favorite pastimes include trying out new things like surfing and paragliding, running the coast, hiking the mountains, even hitting the rapids white water rafting near Lake Tahoe. Meredith is committed to living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to accomplish their fitness goals as well.
She loves photography and also dancing and cooking (sometimes at the same time!) and will post photos, recipes and fitness tips on her Facebook and Twitter pages in addition to forecasts. Make sure to stop by her social media pages and say hi!If you want to share a picture, or send story ideas, feel free to email her. You never know, you might wake up and see your photo featured on NewsChannel 3 as her "Pic of the Morning"!