Believe it or not, with an Irish first name and a Basque last name, I am from the Philippines. (Nobody ever guesses that.) I was born and raised overseas in Manila. Which seems to prompt the question: "Were you an army brat?" The answer is no. Actually, some of my family is still over there and I try to visit when I can.
Living in Manila, I grew up with typhoons being a regular occurrence and they fascinated me. I was there when one of the wettest tropical cyclones on record pushed onto the Philippines in 1989. The super typhoon drenched the northern part of Luzon, the main island I lived on. Another experience impacted me that same year. It was the "coup d'etat." That's when the rebels tried to overthrow the government. It was quite the experience to live through, seeing tanks and soldiers rolling down your neighborhood streets and then evacuating the city to get to safety. My family and I had to travel separately. I remember being glued to the television coverage of it all.
That passion for journalism and weather continued through my childhood. I used to crank out weekly newspapers called the "Gorostiza Gazette." My weekly distribution to my family members were complete with (I'm not kidding) hand-drawn pictures and even a weather section with my own five-day forecast. So, ending up a forecaster was not a surprise to my family. Although, I know my mom was hoping I would end up a doctor or a lawyer. (I think she may still be hoping that.)
My high school and college years were spent in Las Vegas, Nevada. I graduated with honors with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Right now, I am working towards a degree in Broadcast Meteorology through Mississippi State University.
I spent four years in the Las Vegas newsroom of FOX 5 News. I started as an intern, and then became an associate producer. After a few years, I went on to become coordinating producer and reporter.
While juggling those two other positions, I also worked as the entertainment producer for celebrity journalist Robin Leach. (Yup, as in "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" Robin Leach) I put together entertainment and feature segments for FOX. After that, I went on to report those segments by myself. I've interviewed many celebrities and boy! Do I have some crazy stories about those days! Don't worry, Robin, I won't tell ... all the stories.
It was there at FOX 5, that I started dabbling in forecasting and realized how much I loved it.
So, I moved away from the bright lights of sin city to the California central coast where I was a weather anchor/reporter for KCOY and KKFX. Covering major stories including the Michael Jackson trial and the La Conchita Mudslide. I also spent time forecasting for KION in Salinas/Monterey, California.
Most recently, I was in Palm Springs, California at KMIR as their weekday morning weather forecaster. I was on the air during the active California wildfire season of 2007.
I am a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the Asian American Journalists Association.
I guess … I should also mention, I have a third-degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and I hold three World-Championship titles. I taught taekwondo for many years as a certified instructor. A proud dog owner, I can be found at the local dog parks. In my spare time I enjoy world traveling, horseback riding, working towards my pilot's license and visiting Las Vegas to see family and friends.
I am honored to be part of the FOX 4 team!
Send Fiona an e-mail at Fiona.Gorostiza@foxtv.com.
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