Iris Hermosillo is a meteorologist and multimedia journalist for ABC15 News.
She joined the ABC15 Forecasters team in December 2012 after spending several years working in the Midwest.
is a Phoenix native and is very excited to be back in the Valley.
She went to Camelback High School and graduated from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, where she majored in broadcast journalism.
Iris spent the first few years of her career in Joplin, Missouri working as a weekend weather anchor and reporter.
says it was the perfect place to learn how to forecast all types of weather; everything from severe storms and tornadoes to snow and ice storms.
later went back to school and received her
certification in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University
After Joplin, she moved a couple of hours north to Kansas City where she was the weekend morning meteorologist.
also helped create and hosted Que Pasa KC; an award winning, weekly show focused on highlighting Kansas City's Hispanic community.
While in Kansas City, Iris
was very involved in the community and often spent her
time outside of work at community events.
Iris is passionate about keeping everyone safe and informed about the weather and was the only TV meteorologist in Kansas City to cross into the city's Spanish radio market, providing daily and severe weather updates for Spanish listeners.
While working in Kansas City, Iris
was one of the first Kansas City reporters to arrive in Joplin after the 2011 tornado that tore through the center of the town.
worked non-stop for over 24 hours to send back images and share the stories of those affected.
It was one of the toughest stories she's
ever covered, especially since she
had lived in Joplin.
calls the experience a reminder that a meteorologist's number one priority is to make sure viewers are safe and prepared ahead of the storm.