Joie Bettenhausen is KWWL’s Weekend Morning and Noon Meteorologist.
She was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois and lived there until she moved away to college at 18. Ever since she was two, she loved watching The Weather Channel and learning as much as she could about weather. She loved watching storms outside, but whenever a tornado warning was issued and had to go into the basement, it scared her. The fear and excitement lead her to pursue a degree in meteorology.
Joie attended Valparaiso University from 2014-2018 and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology. Throughout her time there, she became a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and was heavily involved in the school’s TV station, VUTV. She provided weather updates to the campus and Valparaiso community all four years. In her junior year, she served as a News Meteorologist for the weekly news show. By senior year, she held a co-Weather Director position. She and her co-director managed the VUTV Weather Department and hosted a bi-weekly weather show. Joie also interned at WCIA in Champaign, IL, and at WGN in Chicago, IL under Tom Skilling.
After graduating in 2018, Joie moved to Joplin, MO to be the Weekend Meteorologist for KSNF. She learned a lot about severe weather and has seen many severe storms, including an EF3 tornado that damaged the neighboring town of Carl Junction, MO in 2019. She also reported during her time there, covering events such as fairs, and topics ranging from agricultural stories to storm damage. She served as the Weekend Meteorologist from 2018-2020.
On her off days, Joie likes to hit the gym for a HIIT class, kayak, dance, and try local restaurants. She has a cat named Sky, which she rescued in Joplin. She also loves to travel any chance she gets. One of the items on her bucket list is to attend an NBA basketball game in every arena across the United States.
Now in Waterloo, Joie is excited to be closer to home and really hone in on her forecasting skills for snow.