Most avid weather enthusiasts may quickly recognize Bri Winkler’s face. Though not one of the most famous women broadcasters of this era, Winkler is steadily working her way to the very top of her profession through a combination of hard work and dedication. The ABC7 Eyewitness News weather girl is one of the active players in the global weather and climate system. But beyond her professional fame and success, not many are aware that the meteorologist has overcome personal obstacles before getting to where she is today. A woman of many passions, here’s a detailed insight into the broadcaster’s professional and personal life.
Bri Winkler Bio and Personal Details
From her parents to her family, her early life and then her educational background, Bri Winkler has not disclosed any detail to the public in that regard. However, it is common knowledge that the broadcaster is a South-Eastern Massachusetts native whose birthdate is October 25, 1988.
The only available information about her family is perhaps the fact that she is not an only child but has a sister whose name is Tara Riggs. Going by her academic records, it is evident that Bri Wrinkler was certain of her career path from an early age and judiciously began working towards it. Wrinkler is an alumna of the University of Miami where she studied Mathematics and Communication but majored in Marine and Atmospheric Science.
After acquiring the needed knowledge for her broadcasting profession, Bri Winkler began practicing almost immediately after college. Over the years, she has held various positions in different organizations and gained experience as a professional. First, she worked as a meteorologist and anchor with KAMR-TV in Texas. From chasing storms to giving weather reports, hosting shows and conducting product reviews, Bri made an impact and was an integral part of the NBC affiliate TV station.
After a few years with KAMR-TV, Bri moved on to ABC7 Eyewitness News in 2011. In addition to working as a meteorologist on TV, Bri Winkler has other screen and radio credits. Notably, she has appeared on Good Morning America and has worked on local radio shows.
After gathering a few years of work experience, Winkler decided to return to the classroom and acquire more knowledge. In mid-2017, the broadcaster announced her decision to fans via social media. In the message, she revealed that her absence from our screens was only temporary but necessary in order to top her profile with a masters degree in Environmental Science. Though Winkler’s absence was conspicuously felt, her colleague Leslie Lopez successfully filled in the vacuum while Bri was away.
Bri Winkler has weathered storms both personally and professionally. She is yet another living example that a stroke is no respecter of age. One day while still in her early twenties, the broadcaster was shocked to discover that an illness she thought was only a severe headache was in fact, the genesis of a stroke.
One early morning in 2012, Bri suffered a series of health challenges which first began with a migraine, then moved on to a slight hearing loss in her right ear, numbness in her face, right arm and leg, partial blindness, and then a slurred speech. After some CAT scans were carried out, it was revealed that what doctors initially shook off as a viral infection was indeed a stroke caused by a tear in the carotid artery lining as well as a blood clot in Winkler’s brain.
Thankfully, the broadcaster has no permanent brain damage and has fully recovered from the illness after treatments successfully broke down the blood clots. Till date, Winkler’s stroke remains a mystery to her doctors who have been unable to ascertain the exact cause of the illness.
Bri Winkler’s Family (Husband or Boyfriend)
Bri Winkler’s relationship status has been a matter of interest to many especially her male fans. But the broadcaster is one of those public figures who love to shield details of their personal lives away from the media. Despite the secrecy shrouding the meteorologist’s love life, it is no news that she has never been married and is sans kids.
Nonetheless, Winkler is a few steps away from walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams. Like most other personal details, Bri has not shared her beau’s identity nor her love journey with the public. Regardless of her decision to remain discrete about her romantic life, fans are hopeful that the LA meteorologist’s love story will end happily.
Other Facts Worth Knowing About Bri
1. Bri Winkler is a yoga enthusiast, a practice that actively became part of her lifestyle after the life-threatening stroke she suffered in 2012.
2. She is a passionate activist who does not hesitate to enlighten her audience on ways to easily detect a stroke. In addition to spreading awareness on various platforms, Winkler is also an ambassador for the American Stroke Association and member of the Western States Stroke Task Force.
3. The LA meteorologist unwinds through a variety of fun activities. One of Winkler’s hobbies is chasing storms in the High Plains.
4. Bri Winkler has impressive physical features. Though she often appears taller onscreen, the blonde-haired meteorologist is actually 5 feet 5 inches tall. Her weight and other body measurements have not been disclosed.
5. The meteorologist has often been biologically linked to Henry Winkler, the popular actor from the hit ’70s sitcom Happy Days. The misconception that Bri is Henry’s daughter is however unsurprising following their surnames. Besides sharing the same surname, there is no blood link between the actor and broadcaster.