Laura Velasquez handles weekend weather duties for Storm Team 8 at WOOD TV8 based out of Grand Rapids, Mich. A 2008 graduate of Central Michigan University, she earned a degree in meteorology, graduating magna cum laude. As if the meteorology major didn't keep her busy enough, Laura also minored in mathematics and geographic information sciences.
Laura is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) certification, the highest designation offered by the society.
Since elementary school, she knew she wanted to become a meteorologist and is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Grand Rapids, working for the station she grew up watching.
While at CMU, Laura did the weather for News Central 34 at CMU, one of the largest campus-run TV stations in the state. She prepared and delivered weather forecasts several times each week, broadcasting to Mount Pleasant and the surrounding areas.