Forcast for Alumna Liz Fabian
For a 15-year-old girl from Long Island, the move to Milledgeville might as well have been interplanetary. “I went from an all-girls, Catholic school in New York to a co-ed, military prep school in small town Georgia,” says Liz, GMC Prep School class of 1978. “My father’s job with Northrup Grumman transferred us, but I knew no one and nothing about Georgia. GMC truly became my gateway to Georgia – and, really, my entire journey from there forward.”
With GMC as her academic springboard, Liz turned a childhood love of “pretend interviewing” into an impressive journalism career. While earning her bachelor’s degree at GCSU, Liz worked part-time at the campus radio station, where she was bitten by the journalism bug. A month before graduation, she was hired as co-anchor and weather person at the Macon NBC affiliate. “That was back in the dark ages, when we assembled the evening weather map by sticking magnetic symbols and numbers to a board,” she laughs.
Low-tech graphics aside, Liz's news delivery got the attention of an up-and-coming national station: The Weather Channel. For nearly four years, Liz anchored weekday morning weather news segments and was tapped to join TWC’s first breaking weather news team.
Lessons learned from those early experiences helped shape weather reporting into the award-winning coverage TWC is known for today. In fact, Liz's team earned a Golden Cable Ace award from the National Academy of Cable Programming for their 1989 coverage of Hurricane Hugo, among other accolades through the years.