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  • Mt. Juliet High School
  • Communications
  • University of Tennessee
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VIDEO: Lisa Patton explains ..., 23 Dec 2015 [cached]
VIDEO: Lisa Patton explains December tornadoes Updated: 27 mins ago
News 2's Lisa Patton discusses December tornadoes.
VIDEO: Lisa Patton explains December tornadoes
News 2's Lisa Patton discusses December tornadoes in the clip above.
VIDEO: Lisa Patton explains December tornadoes
The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet Photos - Community, 14 July 2015 [cached]
Lisa Patton visited the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center Wednesday and shared stories about growing up in Mt. Juliet, graduating from Mt. Juliet High School and how she became a weathercaster for WKRN. She had everyone laughing at some of her weather snafus such as referring to rain as, "wet rain.
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Lisa Patton, 10 Feb 2003 [cached]
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Lisa Patton is a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.She currently serves as the weathercaster on NEWS 2 at 4, 4:30, 5, 6 & 10.Lisa and NEWS 2's Storm Tracker 2000 have been seen on CNN during and after the infamous April 16th tornadoes and they are both credited for saving lives when severe ripped through portions of Middle Tennessee.
Lisa attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a degree in Communications.In 1982, she started her broadcasting career as a radio disc jockey, and later as a weathercaster in Knoxville.She spent five years in Durham, North Carolina at WTVD-TV before joining NEWS 2 in July of 1991.
Lisa is the only television weathercaster in Nashville that was born and raised in Tennessee, giving her the tremendous advantage of working in front of her hometown audience.She is recognized as one of Middle Tennessee's most trusted and reliable weathercasters.
Lisa spent her childhood in Mt. Juliet, and she graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 1979.She met her husband in North Carolina and they now live in Middle Tennessee with her two daughters and son.
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Cumberland University is ..., 14 Sept 2013 [cached]
Cumberland University is delighted to announce that News 2 Weathercaster Lisa Patton will serve as emcee for the 30th annual Phoenix Ball.
A native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Patton serves as the weathercaster on News 2 at 4, 4:30, 5, 6 and 10. She has been tracking dangerous weather and helping to keep our neighbors across Middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky safe with News 2's StormTracker for the past 22 years.
Patton spent her childhood in Mt. Juliet and is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a degree in Communications. In 1982, she started her broadcasting career as a radio disc jockey and later as a weathercaster in Knoxville. She spent four years at WTVD-TV in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina television market before joining News 2 in July of 1991.
Patton is the one of few television weathercasters in Nashville who was born and raised in Tennessee giving her the tremendous advantage of working in front of her hometown audience. She is recognized as one of Middle Tennessee's most trusted and reliable weathercasters.
Lisa ..., 30 Dec 2009 [cached]
Lisa Patton
Lisa Patton reminisces about one of her first weather forecasts. Right after being hired by a Knoxville TV station, she predicted "wet" rain.
They laughed and laughed," said Patton, cracking up over her recollection.
But the Mt. Juliet native is nothing but serious business when she hits the air at 4, 4:30, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekdays on WKRNChannel 2 where she has been weather casting for the past 18 years.
Breaking away from the busyness of the News 2 Storm Center, multiple sides to Patton's personality come streaming out. She's a devoted mother who home schools her three children with her husband of 19 years, and family comes fi rst. She loves the outdoors, especially Center Hill Lake, and is a sports buff. Sewing and crafts also attract her time and attention. And she's a huge fan of country music and once was host of a country music radio show.
Lisa Patton (Age 13 - Left in Picture) Her early years were nurtured in a rural environment as the now bustling sprawl of Mt. Juliet was but a country community in the 1960s and '70s, and as a schoolgirl she worked hard on her parents' and grandparents' farms.
"My dad's family is from the Watertown area, and my grandparents used to live on Patton Hollow Road for years, and my mother's family is from the Statesville area. We are definitely Wilson Countians," Patton, 48, said about her dad and mom's roots in the southeastern part of the county.
I kind of grew up with my feet in the dirt," says Patton, who at the age of 12 could handle a tractor like Danica Patrick handles a racecar.
Patton was born in Coos Bay, Ore., just as her father was coming out of the Air Force. Settling in Mt. Juliet, he went to work for Western Electric and AT&T. Now retired, Bill Patton had his Nashville office at the corner of Polk and Fessler, about a block and a half from where Lisa calls the shots on the weather today at Channel 2.
raising Lisa, the oldest, and her sister Lora and brother Lyle. Later, she served as secretary for the city of Mt. Juliet for 25 years before retiring five years ago.
A graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Patton's extra-curricular activities as a Golden Bear included playing on the volleyball team ("I was terrible," she confesses), membership in the French and Beta Clubs and helping the class of 1979 build their homecoming floats in her garage. After high school, it was off to Knoxville in pursuit of a degree in broadcasting. Patton had no idea she would soon be a student of sunny days and stormy nights, but her tutelage would not be in a classroom.
"I didn't really decide what I wanted to be. It decided on me," she says.
Every day is a little bit different," said Patton. Matthew Zelkind, news director at WKRN from 1995 to 2004 and now back in that role since May 2007, has known Patton
Lisa first and foremost is a remarkable person.
After working for six years in Knoxville radio and TV, Patton knew it was time to move to a newer and bigger market and landed a four-year gig at WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., as a weekend weather anchor and news reporter three days a week.
Patton's mother was a stay-at-home mom,"I got immersed in that pretty quickly and covered everything from murders to protests to you name it. I did a little bit of news anchoring, but weather is really my niche. That's where I am most comfortable."
While working in Raleigh-Durham, Patton met her husband-to-be, Eric, a director at the TV station. After a three-year courtship, they wed and set their sights on a move to Middle Tennessee.
Lisa Patton with Anchor Bob Mueller
"Nashville is a great TV market and there are not many turnovers. Every time I came home, I would bring my tape and knock on all three station's doors, and one day (in July of 1991) I got call from Bill Lord (then news director at WKRN), and he said, 'I've got a place for you,' and I said, 'OK, I'm ready.'"
Patton landed her dream job, got to be back with family to boot, and has since given birth to three children and has been raising them on the same road that she grew up on.
That's my most important position," Patton said.
Every day is different but our point is life-long learning," Patton says.
As a weather forecaster, she finds her vocation to be one of life-long learning as well, especially in the use of new technology. "I've watched the world of computers change the way we deliver weather in the past 15 years, but I still have to plug in current temperatures at the top of the hour. It's not all automatic, but there are many more automatic features. The most important piece of equipment I have is Storm tracker," said Patton, who speaks with authority and energy that commands attention during her segments.
Her continual goal is to get the forecast right while relating it to what people are doing, and she feels the pressure when bad weather threatens the lives and property of her viewers.
"We have a lot of dangerous weather here and that is a great responsibility. . . . I may seem calm on outside, but when I can see a big rotating storm, there is fear there. You know people could be losing everything or they may be in harm's way. I am fearful for them. It was terrifying when I knew the tornado of 1998 came within a mile or so of my family," said Patton.
"Back in '98 when East Nashville was hit so hard right as school let out and parents were still at work, we had to tell people, 'This is when it's gonna get there and what you need to do.' Later, so many parents said, 'My kids did exactly what you said.' It is so important to keep giving the basic information to stay safe," says Patton, who has worked a stretch of bad weather for six consecutive hours.
As for the perks to her job, she said, "I like the fact that it is different every day.
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