Sue Palka has been preparing and presenting the weather forecast at WTTG-TV FOX 5 since September 1985, when she was originally hired as the Weekend Weather Forecaster. In January 1987, Sue was promoted to Weather Forecaster for the Ten O'Clock News. Her duties now include analysis of forecast data and creation of the computer graphics for the weathercasts. Prior to joining FOX 5, Sue honed her weather forecasting skills at WTVR in Richmond, VA.
Sue is a member of, and certified by, the National Weather Association and holds their seal of approval. She is also a member of American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Sue has been honored with many prestigious awards, including the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Weather Forecasting in the National Capitol Region. In 1997, Sue was also garnered with the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the National Weather Association. In 1992, she was presented with the Metropolitan Area Mass Media from the American Association of University Women. The Washington Post featured Sue on the cover of TV Week in July of 1997 with an n extensive article profiling her career in weather.
In addition to her interest in forecasting, Sue is especially passionate about experiencing weather first-hand. Some of her happiest memories are from 1996 when she had close encounters with two hurricanes. Sue was broadcasting live in Wilmington, NC when Hurricane Bertha made landfall and she witnessed the eye of the hurricane pass right overhead. She also flew into the eye of category 4 Hurricane Edouard with the Hurricane Hunters. She was able to show viewers how this information is used in forecasting. In 1997, four days of scientific Tornado Chasing in Oklahoma and Texas provided thrills and new insights into how these incredible storms form. The total eclipse of the sun in 1998 provided an opportunity to share the incomparable excitement of darkness in the middle of the day.
Sue, a native of Erie, PA, is a graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD, with her husband Joe, and daughters Elizabeth and Nora.