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Maria Molina
Molina in 2013
María Janeth Molina

(1987-04-07) April 7, 1987 (age 37)
Alma materFlorida State University (BS)

Columbia University (MA)

Central Michigan University (PhD)
EmployerFox News
(m. 2015; div. 2018)

Maria Janeth Molina (born April 7, 1987) is an American meteorologist. She was the on-air meteorologist for the Fox News Channel, a U.S. television network, from 2010 to 2016.[1] As of 2022 she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.[2]

Early life

Molina was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Hialeah, Florida.[3][4] She is a graduate of Barbara Goleman Senior High School.[3] She attributes her interest in meteorology to her experience with Category 5 Hurricane Andrew, which hit her hometown in South Florida when she was 5 years old.[5]


Molina graduated cum laude from Florida State University in 2008, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and minors in mathematics and communications.[1][6] While at Florida State University, she completed the University Honors Program and the Honors in the Major Program requirements.[7]

Additionally, she graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2015 with a Masters of Arts degree in Climate and Society.[7]

She earned her PhD from Central Michigan University in the Earth and Ecosystem Science Doctoral Program, where she was also a graduate research assistant.[8][9]


Molina has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).[1]

Molina joined Fox News in October 2010.[1] She provided weather updates on many Fox shows and appeared regularly on the FOX & Friends morning show,[1] until leaving the station for graduate school in September 2016.[8] She was credited as being the youngest meteorologist on cable in 2012.[6] While at Fox News, she also appeared on the Fox Business, Fox News Radio, Fox News Latino, and Fox Sports Networks.[7]

She served as a part-time meteorologist at WJBK Fox2 in Detroit mainly on weekend newscasts while pursuing her doctoral degree in Michigan.[10]

Prior to Fox News, Molina was a bilingual TV meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, for which she provided weather forecasts in both English and Spanish.[1]

She was an Advanced Study Program (ASP) postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.[9]

Personal life

In December 2015, she married stormchaser Reed Timmer at the Masaya Volcano National Park in Nicaragua. They divorced in 2018.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Maria Molina | Biography". Fox News Channel. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Maria Molina". Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. University of Maryland. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Sunny Forecast for Meteorologist". The Miami Herald. October 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Get to know Maria Molina! – FOX News Weather Blog". Fox News Channel. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Tejeda, Valerie (April 2, 2013). "Inspiring Latina of the Week: Meteorologist Maria Molina". Latina. Archived from the original on September 19, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Chávez, Krystyna (September 20, 2012). "Interview With News Anchor Maria Molina". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c [1] [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "WATCH: Maria Molina Says Goodbye to Fox News to Pursue PhD". Fox News Insider. September 6, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Maria Molina |".
  10. ^ Joyella, Mark (August 25, 2016). "Maria Molina Leaving Fox & Friends". Adweek.
  11. ^ Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey (December 30, 2015). "Storm chaser Reed Timmer, Maria Molina wed near active volcano". The Grand Rapids Press.