Meteorologist did not want to report weather at the beginning of her career
What do you know about Jeanetta Jones of The Weather Channel?
—Harley B., Texas
Jeanetta Jones, a native of Plainview, Texas (pop. 22,336), graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news, wanting to report anything but the weather. After graduation, she worked at a Macon, Ga., TV station reporting on everything, including weather. On her next job in Spartanburg, S.C., a temporary fill-in weekend weather job turned into two years and "in that two years, I figured out I was having more fun doing the weather than I was doing the news," Jones says. "The news was so depressing and when I did the weather, I felt like I was providing a true service for people. A lot of times we don't take the weather seriously, but during severe weather season, we can help keep people out of harm's way." A month after she sent a tape to The Weather Channel in 1986, she was hired. Married for 12 years and the mother of a 9-year-old daughter, Jones, 44, also has expanded her horizons to include another passion—jewelry—by opening a store in Macon, called The Bling, which carries fashion jewelry.