Jaclyn Shearer is a meteorologist and reporter on the News 4 On Your Side Weather Team.
Jaclyn comes from Pittsburgh as a die-hard Pirates fan – despite the team losing 20 consecutive seasons in the formative years of her sports fandom.
On a trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Jaclyn realized the life-saving importance of delivering accurate and timely forecasts. The devastation she saw and the survivors she spoke to never left her, and she quickly realized she wanted to be on a team that kept people safe during severe weather – she wanted to be a meteorologist.
Jaclyn went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Iona College, focusing her honors program thesis on the actions of the media and the federal government before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. While at Iona, Jaclyn also served as Student Body President for two years, as well as interning at WPXI-TV Pittsburgh and News 12 Westchester.
After Iona, Jaclyn took time to see the federal government side of weather by completing a year as a team leader with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA-Corps. In this role, Jaclyn received advanced training in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) programs, which allow organizations to better map out and analyze storm impacts from a human-based perspective.
Jaclyn then moved to Reno and worked behind the scenes of KRNV as a digital content producer while completing the Mississippi State University Bachelor of Science in Geosciences program, with a concentration in broadcast and operational meteorology.
Jaclyn is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and of the National Weather Association (NWA), and sits on the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee of the NWA, as well as the newly formed Local Chapters committee.
In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys curling up with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book, going on runs, checking out new restaurants, and keeping up with friends. Her phone photo gallery is filled with photos of her niece, her family’s two mastiffs, and screenshots of jokes from her dad, who she says is her #1 fan.