In the early 1990s, local TV news stations across the U.S. cut their local science beat reporters. About 25 years later a 2017 Research!America poll revealed that 81% of Americans could not name a living scientist.
In 2017, I used my position of Chief Meteorologist for the NBC & FOX affiliates in Lafayette, Louisiana to create a 19-part local science series, “Your Weekly Dose of Whoa!” In “Whoa!” I tried to inspire a trust and appreciation for science through storytelling, by linking science to a sense of local pride and feelings of wonder and awe for the natural world.
In 2023, I created the 10-part series, “African American Scientists from Louisiana”, highlighting 10 outstanding scientists who grew up in the Pelican State. I hope this series can help inspire Black students to see themselves as belonging in STEM, as well as help change public perceptions about Black Americans.