These days if you tune into NBC4’s “Today in LA” morning news program for the latest updates on the weather forecast, you will notice the bright smile and warm personality of their meteorologist, Crystal Egger.
She’s no stranger to the bipolar weather of the Inland Empire. In fact, Crystal is a Grand Terrace native and a Colton High School alumni. And everytime she gets the chance to get away from the newsroom, she comes back home.
“Growing up in the Inland Empire has that small town feel,” she said. “It’s such a great community.”
The 36-year-old mother of two has a distinguished resume under her belt. Egger graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from UC Santa Barbara and went on to complete the meteorology program at Mississippi State University with honors. She was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval and the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. Egger has previously worked for ABC, Fox, and the Weather Channel, where she reported on national weather forecasts and breaking weather news on a daily, multi-hour basis.
But before she delved into the communications field, Egger spent most of her time involved in extracurricular activities both at Grand Terrace Junior High School and Colton High School. She remembers the fond memories she had acting as the Yellowjacket’s pep commissioner and organizing events with close friends as members of the Associated Student Body (ASB).
“It was a very tight group of us friends who were very involved in ASB,” Egger explained. “We tried to make the experience as best as we could for the students by organizing the prom and other things.”
In addition, Egger remembers the influence Mrs. Huesca from Colton High School had on her growth as a person.
“Mrs. Huesca was a big deal and a big inspiration,” she said. “She helped guide us and lead the school with enthusiasm. We were given a lot of freedom as students and it allowed us to become independent.”
Those experiences with leadership and independence have allowed for Egger to pursue her dreams of working alongside some of the best media professionals. A few days ago, she filled in for fellow meteorologist Fritz Coleman during NBC4’s evening newscast. That evening, she worked alongside Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams–two reporters she followed growing up.
And despite being under heavy pressure due to the high intensity and demand in the newsroom, Egger views every day at NBC Universal as a “fresh start”.
“I love that every day is a new day,” Egger said. “I get a fresh start on air and there is always a weather story. People here in Southern California don’t realize that there is so much weather to talk about, whether it’s talking about a storm or tracking a hurricane.”
Egger will be making an appearance at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino on Wednesday September 24 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. She will be giving out free breakfast and coffee (or juice), as well as interacting with residents.