Freeze weathers disappointment as Fox sends her out in the cold
Tue Feb 1 2011
Seven things you need to know about Fox Chicago meteorologist Amy Freeze:
She saw it coming: “I don’t think it will be the worst storm ever, but it won’t be pretty Tuesday night into Wednesday,” she tweeted on Monday. Citing “the physics of the storm system,” she repeatedly expressed doubts that we’d see two feet of snow — or what others predicted to be the largest storm in history.
She saw this coming, too: “Fox is releasing me from my contract on Feb. 20th,” she wrote on Facebook Saturday. “It is very disappointing news for me and my family. Thank you for the kind words and support.” As the end of her four-year run at WFLD-Channel 32 approaches, that has been her only public comment.
She wants to blog her way to the North Pole: “An opportunity to see the Arctic would allow me to share how this part of the world influences weather patterns,” she wrote in a contest entry titled “Freeze to the Top of the World.” "If chosen, I would use social networks to post research, writing, video, and pictures. I have FB pages, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube and a web page.” But she needs your vote to do it.
She didn’t always look like this: She and her husband, chiropractor Gary Arbuckle, won $100,000 in a weight-loss and fitness competition in 1999. “Achieving fitness in your life is sometimes a difficult obstacle,” she told the alumni magazine of their alma mater, Brigham Young University. “But when you do it with somebody as a partnership it’s so much easier. That’s one of the fundamental things that Gary and I have learned while doing the program, winning it, and continuing on.” You can see their amazing before-and-after pictures here.
She’s had work done: “I had what they call a mommy makeover,” the 36-year-old mother of four revealed during her comedy set on The Chicago Stand-Up Project.“A little lift, a little tuck. Puts you back in place. I told my husband I really want to get this done. I have four kids, you know? He said: ‘Honey, you look fine. And three of them were adopted.’ I mean really, he has to keep bringing that up. I knew for a fact that I had to get this done because I was going around Chicago telling everybody: ‘I do the weather on TV!’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah! Jerry Taft, right?’ "
Yes, Freeze really is her name: Her parents are Bill and Linda Freeze of Jeffersonville, Indiana. And her name is why she became a weather forecaster. “I was working as a news writer at a Portland, Oregon, TV station and the main meteorologist was going to be out for a stretch,” she once told Time Out Chicago. “So they said, ‘Who can we get to do the weather?’ And they thought my name just sounded right. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.”
She’ll miss us as much as we’ll miss her: “Amy really wanted to stay in Chicago, but it does not appear that is going to happen, and we are sad about that,” said her agent, Rob Jordan. “But she is very talented, and wherever she goes next, she will make the same effort and will get involved in the community immediately because that’s just the way she is. Amy takes ownership and puts herself out there and gets involved in the community because she feels it’s her responsibility — and she’s very good at that.”
1. Turn Off Fox
February 2, 2011 at 12:46 am
So they hire a reporter who thought it was okay to play "homeless american idol." Then that Davlantes woman tweets the blizzard can be called "snowlocaust". And re-hire Bob Sirot after FOX fired him. But let go a weather person with no baggage. All they need is the bearded lady and snake man to round out this news circus. No wonder they're dead last.
2. Hubert in Sauganash
February 2, 2011 at 12:47 am
She looks good. I've talked to her and she was very nice. I've emailed her and she was very nice.
3. Requestor The Magnificent
February 2, 2011 at 1:12 am
Please replace Fox News Chicago at 9 with a back-to-back Underdog/Banana Splits combo.
4. Bill Freeze
February 2, 2011 at 1:18 am
Thanks Mr. Feder for such a nice article on Amy. She is the oldest of our 5 married daughters and we have been very proud of her work in Chicago. We appreciate how nice her viewers have been to her over her 4 year stay in the windy city. Amy knows how important the weather is to the people of Chicago and she has always taken her responsibility to report the most accurate weather report possible. She understands the science of weather and the technology of Double Doppler radar so much so that she has lectured to other meteorologists throughout the country on how it works. With her at the helm Fox had an Ivy League trained professional that had become a household word in Chicago to Fox viewers and the Chicago Fire / Chicago Bear Fans. My wife Linda and I now live in Lindon, Utah and we greatly appreciate the hundreds of nice emails and letters we have received from people over the last 4 years concerning Amy's work with the station and her civic and charitable work. Amy will never forget Chicago and we feel certain that the feeling is mutual! Bill Freeze/Lindon, Utah
February 2, 2011 at 5:05 am
Is that why we saw Tammie Souza re-introduced on Fox's 9 o'clock news over the weekend? The revolving door keeps on turning, even when it is "freezing" out! Good luck Amy where ever the cold Chicago wind takes you!
February 2, 2011 at 5:14 am
Wait, does she or does she not have a degree in Meteorology?
7. CNB Alum
February 2, 2011 at 6:05 am
This is horrible news! Amy is smart, outgoing, beautiful and, most importantly for a weather forecaster, accurate. This is a bone-headed move by Fox.
8. locally and lively
February 2, 2011 at 8:41 am
the amazing thing i learned in this story is that she would have time to go to the north pole with four kids. i have trouble getting to wisconsin with two kids.
February 2, 2011 at 8:59 am
I had heard that Melissa Foreman was taking meteorology courses at Triton Junior College.
February 2, 2011 at 8:59 am
I too had the privilege of meeting Amy at an event a few months ago, and I echo others when I say she's not only gorgeous but just a really nice person and a lot of fun to be around as well. I'm sorry I never took her up on her offer of a tour of the station. To answer Blanca's question, when she got her weather opportunity, Amy went back to school and got her necessary degrees (I'm going from memory, but I believe she got her M.S., maybe Mr. Freeze can clarify) but as her dad said, she really does understand the science of weather and doesn't just read you a forecast from Accuweather (a misnomer if you ask me). Good luck to you Amy. Nothing but the best to you and your family!
Joel in Plainfield
11. Bill Freeze
February 2, 2011 at 9:55 am
Amy Freeze is the Chief Meteorologist at FOX Chicago News. Amy Freeze is one of a few women in the world with a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. Freeze has Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association. Freeze has a Master Degree from University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Science. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. She has a B.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, with an emphasis in Severe Weather and Forecasting. She also has a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from MSU.
12. Ted Comment
February 2, 2011 at 10:12 am
This is like Melissa Foreman trying to make a career of being the head of a jury. Or Rob Feder becoming a traffic reporter. Or Tammie Souza playing the tuba. I guess the statute of limitations has run on feeling sorry for Rick Dimaio, who lost his job to Amy Freeze.
13. Don Lee
February 2, 2011 at 10:23 am
They let go of Amy Freeze and rehire Tammy Sousa. What makes Tammy better, that's what I want to know. Not only Amy but Chris Sower were both responsible, excellent weathercasters and it's unfortunate in so many ways. They hire Bob Sirott; why? He has brought nothing to the table; but of course, they let go all of the other good newscasters and weathercasters thinking the programming will be better than the other channels. SO WRONG!
February 2, 2011 at 10:40 am
I love the hats these Chicago reporters wear, out in the cold. I would really love to know where they buy them.
15. Mike Hyde
February 2, 2011 at 10:58 am
Still a fan of Rick. No beef with Amy, but they way Fox handled cutting Rick it's not surprising. Least with Rick and Amy's respecive successors know what they are getting into.
16. Herb Tarlek
February 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm
So much coverage for a news product that simply doesn't matter... Hopefully soon they'll be adding a 5pm newscast for people to ignore as well.
February 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm
"She saw it coming" ... or did she? 20� inches at O'Hare is close enough to 2 ft (and, by the way, exactly matches the National Weather Service's forecast of 20�). She reminds of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day: the storm's "going to push off to the East and hit Altoona!"
18. Greg from Schaumburg
February 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Amy has handled herself with utmost class and distinction during this most difficult period of her life. Her contributions during the blizzard (WLS-AM) were extraordinary. Hang in there, Amy. Without question, a better situation will come your way..and soon. (Attention: Executives at Channel 2!)
February 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm
This statement is absurd from post #18: "Her contributions during the blizzard (WLS-AM) were extraordinary"...not to diminish Amy's contribution but isn't the use of the word "extraordinary" a bit extreme?
February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm
Amy was just fine....Sad day at Fox..lots of bad moves...The ratings prove this.
21. John Garcia
February 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Amy has been a good friend, a great professional, and strong advocate for the running community during her time here. I can attest that she is tireless. She stepped right into the market and made it her home, and helped bring together a number of media types for several athletic events in her spare time. I'm not one to criticize another station, but Fox has let go a number of my good friends over the last couple years, and I believe they have lost some really great people.
22. Van Echo in Sauganash
February 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm .
With all the rude & crude comments I usually see on the internet about women, I'm very glad that I don't see any of that here. I froze - pun intended - when I saw her dad Bill Freeze on here, I thought "OMG, what is he going to see written about his daughter?!" But it's all good so I'm a very happy guy. Just let me quote the Rolling Stones on her name - pun intended - "I'm so hot for her and she's so cold!"
23. Nick Tzitzon
February 4, 2011 at 8:45 am
Full disclosure: I'm a huge, unabashed Tom Skilling fan. That said, I've gone back and forth between the 9pm newscasts over the past several months, and Amy Freeze always struck me as part of the solution for Fox. She comes off as bright, engaging and enthusiastic. I've seen her out in the community at all kinds of events, as well. And let's be fair, if anyone is going to handle the weather opposite the great, bald WGN prognosticator, they had better look like Amy. Not sure what the chances are she'll remain in our market, but I hope she finds a new home soon.
February 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm
#23, Same here. Use to be when I really wanted to know what the weather was going to be I tuned into Skilling. That is until Amy showed up at Fox 32. Bunch of boneheaded decisions being made over there. Unless someone in Chicago media wakes up, it appears I'm back to Skilling.
February 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Give me a break..BOO HOO...The way she was brought on and the way Rick DiMaio was shown the door was so rude and classless that she shouldn't be immune from the same treatment. Welcome to it .....