Mary Loos is KATU's weekend morning meteorologist and a reporter during the week.
Mary began her career in news at 15, writing for her hometown newspaper. She holds a Bachelor's degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
After a stint as a radio DJ, Mary took to the skies as an airborne traffic reporter, managing to log some hours in the pilot's seat of a Cessna 172.
She found her calling as a TV meteorologist in San Diego, but decided "light today, dark tonight" was not a forecasting challenge. Instead she moved on in search of real weather in Boise, ID and Knoxville, TN.
She's covered everything from "thunder snow" to deadly tornado outbreaks. Mary also spent three years in Seattle at NWCN and KING 5.
Mary met her husband, Jack Penning, in 2004 and after several years of commuting between Seattle and Portland, they decided to call Portland home. During her four years as morning anchor for KEX radio, Mary covered a variety of stories. The biggest, the Flight of Friendship to Japan, earned her an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Series in 2012.
Mary and Jack enjoy international travel, cooking, and spending time with their dogs. Their two Miniature Schnauzers, Willis and Lucy, have their own Twitter feed. Follow the dogs here: @WillisNLucy.