KATY COUNTRY WEATHER FROM KXII-TV
Tom Miller joined KXII-TV in September of 1988. He can be seen Monday through Friday on First News AM at 5:25 a.m. to 7 a.m., and on First News at Noon. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Meteorology and a minor in Geography. His on-air work has earned the American Meteorological Society's AMS Seal of Approval.
During his tenure at KXII, Tom and the weather team became the first broadcast meteorologists to use a local Doppler radar on air.
Tom is happily married. He and his lovely wife are proud parents of two beautiful girls. When Tom is not forecasting the weather, he enjoys riding his bicycle around Texoma and spending time with his family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve LaNore is KXII’s Chief Meteorologist. Weather has always been Steve’s hobby, and one of his passions. When he was three years old, it meant running out into the rain to watch the lightning (not a good idea…his mom didn’t like it either!). When he was 10, it meant tracking hurricanes on 3x5 index cards (way before the Internet came along). Now, it’s shown by his enthusiasm and dedication within a very challenging profession.
Steve feels blessed to forecast and present the weather for a living and enjoy it in the process. However, it wasn’t an accident; there’s been plenty of hard work and a few hard knocks along the way. Steve first stepped in front of the camera in 1984. Part-time jobs while a student at Texas A&M then led to his first full-time position as Chief Meteorologist in Victoria, Texas in 1986. From there, he took on the Chief Meteorologist role in Fort Smith, Arkansas where we covered the stormy skies of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas for three years.
He assumed the role of Chief Meteorologist at KDAF in Dallas in 1998. Steve’s most recent work before coming to KXII was a six-year stint at the CBS affiliate in Austin, Texas. He joined the First News team in 2006.
Steve has received "Best Weathercast" awards five times in his career; three times from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) and twice from the Associated Press.
Steve’s philosophy on weather coverage is a simple one: “My first and foremost duty is to provide quick and accurate information to viewers during severe local storms. This may help save lives and assist people in making split-second decisions. Secondly, everybody wants a reliable forecast. No one can promise complete accuracy, and I’m going to miss a few forecasts…but I will strive to provide you with a very well thought out and researched weather product each and every night on Channel 12. Finally, when the weather is slow, I like to have a little fun. Perhaps we’ll meet on the street, at the store, in a school classroom or out at the lake. Please stop and say hello. And, if I look different than what you see on TV…please remember…I do not wear the makeup or the suit when I’m not working!”
Steve is married to Gera LaNore, and has a teenage stepson, Geraed (pronounced "Jared"). He graduated from Pottsboro High School in June 2009. He is now in United States Army, and is stationed in Colorado.
Steve and Gera enjoy traveling as time permits. Steve also enjoys music, writing, history, and above all science! email@example.com
Wava Denito is a University of Oklahoma graduate and has been working at KXII since July 2013.
She was born and raised in Lucas, Texas, so being close to family is important to her. Plus, she’s familiar with the weather patterns we encounter as she’s had to deal with it for most of her life.
Wava’s interest in weather started off a little different than most meteorologists. She had many career options, including becoming a chiropractor like her father, or maybe a dancer like her mother. One true passion Wava pursued was to become a professional track and field athlete. Her best events were short sprints, and her love and hard work for the sport in high school paid off (literally) when she was recruited to run track at a private college in Missouri.
Wava’s second year in Missouri is when she discovered she wanted to study meteorology. She took a meteorology night class and was immediately hooked on the science, and decided then that she needed to transfer schools, leaving behind her track career and starting a new dream! After some research, the University of Oklahoma had one of the top meteorology programs in the nation and was exactly what Wava was looking for. She loves to entertain, and since she used to model and act when she was younger it only seemed right for her to study broadcast journalism for her minor so that she could be on TV!
To gain experience, Wava joined OU Nightly, which is the student run live news broadcast on the OU campus, and she did weather briefings on Mondays during her senior year. Wava interned at CBS 11 in Fort Worth during the summer of 2012. Every day there was a thrill to her and encouraged her even more to pursue meteorology.
After three years at OU, Wava’s hard work was rewarded with a degree from one of the most difficult meteorology programs in the United States. Her starting freshman class in the meteorology program was roughly 150 students, and one third of the class wanted to go into broadcast. By her senior year, her class was down to about 40 students, and it was just her and one other classmate that dreamt about being on TV.
Wava is grateful for all the love and support she has received from family and friends, and she couldn’t have made it this far without them. She says that starting her career at KXII is one of the best decisions she has made, and she would not change anything if she had the chance. She looks forward to her time here at KXII, and is ready to grow and learn as part of our news family.
When she is not at work, Wava is a very active person, either in the gym or outside when the weather is nice. She loves to get involved in 5K runs and also talk to kiddos about weather. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org