If it hadn't been for my love of Southern storms, I might have ended up on the Grand Ole Opry. My father, Jerry Glaser, owned country music radio stations in the south and was co-founder of the Country Music Association. I remember Johnny Cash singing in my back yard. That's what it was like growing up in Nashville. I thought I would follow in his footsteps but when I saw my first tornado...it was love at first sight.
You talk about working your way up the ladder. I started out in broadcasting as a writer and producer of local commercials in Greenwood, Mississippi. But as it goes&the weather person called in sick and the boss told me I was filling in. Back then we didn't have fancy maps and graphics. If you saw dark clouds in the distance&you knew a storm was coming.
Ten years forecasting in tornado alley will teach you "Mother Nature" means business. While severe storms are few here, still to this day, my sisters leave the sound of thunder on my voice mail just to stir me up.
My 30 year career in broadcasting has taken me from small town Mississippi to Huntsville AL, Raleigh- Durham NC, Seattle WA, and Los Angeles. I am an Emmy Award winner, appeared on national broadcasts such as Good Morning America, flown with Hurricane Hunter teams, reported in and on extreme weather conditions, reported on environmental issues, and I've been featured in numerous local and national publications.
I've been with KGO-TV for 21 years. I am an active member of the American Meteorological Society, along with other professional affiliations and local charities such as the Bay Area Food Bank, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the many Bay Area Humane Societies. I have a degree in both Journalism and Meteorology.
Family is everything. My young daughter is my heart and my husband makes me laugh. I love football, am an avid runner, and love to entertain. I have a passion for gardening, country music and everything Southern.
Leigh Glaser is the weekend weather anchor on ABC7 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She also reports on environmental and science issues.