AWARDS, ACCOLADES & TESTIMONIALS

AWARDS/CREDENTIALS

  • Silver Telly Award, General - Nature/Wildlife, Arctic Tundra Herbivore Impacts in Alaska, The AccuWeather Network (2019)

  • Approved member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) (February 2019)

  • Named by Atmo Life as a Top 100 Weather Twitter Account to Follow (2018)

  • SEJ (Society of Environmental Journalists)/Climate Matters Fellowship (October 2018)

  • Awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant under the Arctic Research and Education Program to interview scientific research teams in the Arctic. (August 2018)

  • American Red Cross Adult/Child CPR, AED & First Aid"  Certified, 2019

  • Pet Tech, Pet CPR & First Aid Certified, 2017

  • FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Awareness to Action, Honorable Mention, 2015

  • "Top 40 Under Forty" Professional Award, 2014

  • Mrs. Virginia International, 2014 & Top 10 Finalist at the Mrs. International Pageant

  • Emmy nomination for 'Weather- Best Single News Story' titled, "Get Down and Dirty With Tornado Safety," 2009

  • "Best Weathercast of the Year," (Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters), 2008

  • FEMA-certified instructor for 'Hurricane Awareness,' 'Tornado Awareness' and 'Winter Weather Hazards' (National Disaster Preparedness Training Center),   2015 - Present

  • Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (American Meteorological Society), 2009 - Present

  • Bachelor of Science in Meteorology w/ speciality in Communications (Penn State University)

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

Brooke Gold 

Director of Corporate Relations for People’s Trust Insurance

"We are very thankful for Cheryl’s energizing presentation at this year's People’s Trust Hurricane Preparedness Week event. Her expertise in natural disaster preparedness paired with her contagious enthusiasm spawned insightful dialogue and positive feedback from our employees. She’s a brilliant speaker and a pleasure to work with!”

 

 

Paul Pastelok

Meteorologist/Broadcaster at AccuWeather

"Cheryl is a highly motivated person who is not afraid to take on extra work, difficult weather stories, and any challenges put in front of her. She gives 110 percent in work and personal activities. Her bright smile and incredible personality are a bonus."

 

 

Jim Philpitt (Captain, US Navy (Ret))

Joint Training Advisor & Senior Planner, United States Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL

"Cheryl Nelson is one of the most consummate professionals I've ever been privileged to work with. As a project manager/media planner and on camera host in support of the United States Joint Staff J7, her support to U.S. combatant commands in various exercise events worldwide has been unequaled. Her knowledge of news media issues, methodologies and aims has been crucial in preparing staff and senior military leadership for the myriad of challenges they would face from the national and international electronic media in the event of real world crisis situations and contingencies involving US military forces. Her previous TS/SCI clearance is testimony to her trustworthiness regarding issues of national importance and significance and her work ethic is without question. Capable of handling the most complex situations in her areas of expertise, I would not hesitate a moment to hire her. Based on my 35+ years in the national defense establishment and my repeated direct observation of her performance in multiple high-tempo, high-level military exercise events, she has readily earned my strongest personal endorsement and recommendation!"

Patrick Edgar

Medical and Nursing Technology Specialist at Elsevier

"Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to work with and always had a wonderful smile on her face. While working on the same team as Cheryl with Forest Pharmaceuticals, I was able to witness her persuasive selling style, ability to quickly form meaningful relationships, along with her mastery of all products and how they interact with the human body. Her drive and confidence helped push her sales to the top and made me thankful to be part of her team. 

On numerous occasions, physicians came up to tell me how much they enjoyed working with her and were excited about the great energy and knowledge she brought into their office. I highly recommended Cheryl for employment and know she has the abilities, personality, and intelligence to quickly succeed in any position."

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