A Midwest native, Cheryl graduated from Iowa State University Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Meteorology and a double minor in Mathematics and Psychology. She's been on The Weather Channel for almost 20 years now, and is unfailingly cheerful and professional in her presentation. But what amazes me is how she listens to her co-hosts as if they are revealing the most interesting secret in the history of the world. Remember, she knows what they're going to say, so you have to chalk this down to great acting. No wonder she has a fan club on Yahoo, which is where I got the above picture.
Cheryl is married to Atlanta radio personality Rob Lee, who was once a professional wrestler (no kidding!) and who also drove a tank in the Salvation Army (OK, that one's kidding). Rob has been in radio for over 25 years, and grew up in Chicago listening to radio great John Records Landekker and Larry Lujack (didn't we all?). They sound like a nice, fun couple, eh?
The self-described "shyest kid in class” now is seen on television by millions.
"When I was in school I always thought I would be working in a National Weather Service office or doing research somewhere,” Cheryl Lemke says. "Either one would have been fulfilling to me.”
But as Lemke was nearing graduation from Iowa State with a degree in meteorology, she started to hear a rumor about the National Weather Service. "They were undergoing cutbacks back then,” she remembers, "and jobs were hard to come by. "I thought to myself ‘I had better rethink this. Maybe broadcasting meteorology would be right for me.'”
The rest as they say is history.
UPDATE 11/21/2008: Cheryl has been axed from the Weather Channel. Age discrimination, anyone?