“Making sure people know what to expect with the weather is crucial, whether it be heading to school or knowing when severe weather may hit.” – Valerie Smock
You could say a career in weather comes as no surprise for Valerie Smock. Growing up in the Snowbelt capital of Ohio, the Chardon native has grown accustomed to the cold and blustery winters as well as lake-effect snow. Getting the chance to live in Montana also gave her the opportunity to enjoy Chinook winds, which allowed her to golf and ski in the same day.
A graduate of Kent State University, Valerie majored in broadcast journalism and then continued her education at Mississippi State University, where she obtained her Operational Meteorology certificate in 2011. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Community College of the Air Force.
Before joining the Stormtracker 16 weather team in April 2018, she worked at stations from Great Falls, Montana, to Youngstown, Ohio, and Toledo, Ohio. She also spent time as a Video Broadcaster at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, although her most recent position was a meteorologist and weather reporter at WPXI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A short time ago, Valerie hung up her uniform after nearly 10 years of service in the military. She was most recently a Public Affairs Specialist in the Air Force Reserve and formerly Military Police in the Ohio Army National Guard. Being in the service took Valerie to Haiti to help with hurricane efforts as well as Kuwait and Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Valerie is highly active with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. It is a 60-mile walk to help fight and find a cure for breast cancer, something she has participated in several times since 2009. She has also helped rebuild homes for those in need through the Appalachia Service Project. Poetry is also a passion for Valerie. She is a published poet and a member of the International Society of Poets.
Valerie and her husband Chuck love to exercise and travel when they can but also love to hit the slopes in the winter and golf course during the summer. However, the best thing is their son, Greyson, who will soon be turning one!
You can watch Valerie on WNEP every Saturday and Sunday morning at 5 am.
Pocono Plateau Hero Dash 15k, 5k and 1-Mile Run Lace up your shoes and get ready to run, Saturday, September 21, in Monroe County. The Pocono Plateau Hero Dash 15k, 5k and 1-mile run takes you through the beautiful sights of the Pocono Plateau. The cost ranges from $20-$30 but the kid’s dash is free. Proceeds help keep the area beautiful for retreats, conferences and summer camp. Enjoy a silent auction, food and activities after the race. Lenny Zupon All Saints Academy 5K Race […]
Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Enjoy a good meal for a good cause, Saturday, September 7, in Schuylkill County. The Trinity Lutheran Church is holding a chicken BBQ dinner, in the church parking lot, in Pottsville. Pickup times are from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For groups buying 10 or more tickets can get their meals delivered. The cost is $9 per meal and you’ll receive ½ a chicken, baked potato, roll and applesauce. Proceeds help buy Christmas gifts for needy children. Ross Township Community Day […]
Artisans on Ann If the arts are right up your alley, then check out Artisans on Ann, Saturday, August 31, in Monroe County. The 6th annual event begins at 9 a.m. and features more than 70 local artists, featuring pottery, blacksmith, photography, woodworking, log creations and so much more. Honey and maple syrup are available, and you can enjoy music, Thai food plus try local wines and craft beer. At the Farm: Maker’s Market The Cooperage Project has been bringing educational programming […]
R&R Auto Group 5th Annual Car Show Clean up those cars and get them ready for show, Saturday, August 24, in Schuylkill County. Head over to R&R Auto Group in Schuylkill Haven for their 5th Annual Car Show. There will be 19 classes and 5 bonus trophies presented. You can also enjoy a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, food and refreshments. Registration costs $15 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County. Joshua Tippett Big Heart Memorial Come […]
14th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival If you are looking for good food and good times, head over to Lackawanna County, Friday through Sunday, August 16-18. The 14th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival takes place in Throop, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Enjoy traditional ethnic and picnic foods. There will be a pig-in-the-blanket dinner Saturday in the Parish Hall. Breakfast will be served after mass on Sunday, followed by Bingo. The event is free and open to the public. Memorial Cruise-In […]
Wheels for Patriots Patriots Cove is inviting you to take a ride for a good cause, Saturday, August 10. Bring friends and family out for the Ride for Patriots and Wheels for Patriots, a benefit, including classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. The event begins in Mountain Top at 10 a.m. and ends in Laceyville. Patriots will ride in honor of veterans and first responders, followed by a car and bike show. Enjoy a chicken BBQ, music and refreshments. St. Matthew’s Festival If you’re looking […]
St. Benedict Country Bazaar Get your family together and head over to Lackawanna County, Thursday through Saturday, August 1-3, for some fun. The St. Benedict Country Bazaar takes place in Newton Township. The event offers a variety of activities, as well as food and entertainment. One of the top sight-seeing spots is the antiques booth. This is a traditional bazaar in the area that still operates through the volunteers of their parish and community. 40th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival Summer fun for people […]
St. Maria Goretti Parish Festival Grab the family and head to Luzerne County, Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, for some good, family fun. The St. Maria Goretti Parish Festival, in Laflin, will be from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a gift card showcase, bingo, raffle baskets, kid’s games and live music. Come on out to the free event, which will be held rain or shine. NEPA Rockers Roll #10 The NEPA Rockers are holding […]
Tammy’s Memorial Golf Classic If you are looking to play a round of golf for a good cause, head to Wyoming County, Saturday, July 20. Tammy’s Memorial Golf Classic will take place at Stone Hedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. The day includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and a 50/50 raffle. There will also be prizes. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 4th Annual Out of the Darkness into the Light Overdose […]
Free Family Picnic Summer is well underway, and you may be looking for something free to do with the family. We have you covered, Saturday, July 13, in Lackwanna County. The Scranton Neighborhood Associations will join together to put on a free family picnic at Nay Aug Park from Noon until 2:30. The picnic includes free hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, fruit, ice cream, soda and water. Swim bands are available for free while supplies last. St. Patrick’s 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Lace […]
American Legion Car and Bike Show Get your bikes and cars tuned up and looking good and head over to Wayne County, Saturday, July 6. The American Legion Post 274 in Gouldsboro will host its first bike and car show. The show begins at 2 p.m. and you must register your car or bike to participate. Enjoy live music outside on the patio featuring The Leftoverz, starting at 7. Come hungry because there will also be a bake sale. Midsummer Fair If you […]
Pulled Pork Dinner The sun is shining and it’s heating up. So why not add on a yummy summer meal to make it even better. All you have to do is head to Wyoming County, Friday, June 28. The Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company will once again have a pulled pork dinner from 4:30 until 7 p.m. The meal will be held at the fire hall in Center Moreland, just off Route 292. The price is $8 and it supports local volunteers. Quasquicentennial […]