Shanna Mendiola is a Emmy Award-winning Meteorologist for NBC4 Southern California’s weekday morning newscast, “Today in LA,” airing on 4:30-7 a.m. A California native, Shanna delivers weather information that is timely and relevant to local viewers throughout the region. Follow her on Facebook here.
Since joining NBC4, Shanna has filled-in on a national level from 30 Rock for the TODAY Show, MSNBC LIVE and "Weekends With Alex Witt" covering Hurricane Joaquin and the historic Carolina Floods of 2015. Chasing storms is one of her favorite past times and when she's not in studio, you can see her out in the elements throughout Southern California along with the NBC4 Weather Team in the new NBC4x4Caster.
Her passion for science and technology began at an early age when her mother emphasized the importance of these school subjects. After college, she began her career in San Francisco and quickly began an upward progression in the Oregon and Colorado markets. There, she delivered weathercasts in everything from snowstorms to wildfires, and floods - including chasing tornadoes during severe weather along the Eastern Plains.
Prior to her arrival at NBC4, she worked at KDVR and KWGN in Denver, KGO-TV San Francisco and KTVZ-TV in Oregon.
Another strong interest of Shanna is helping people in need. Her community work spans wide, including supporting the Filipino community post-Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Her work with children with disabilities includes support to the vision impaired, and she often speaks to students about careers in meteorology. She volunteers her time throughout Southern California for many events and social causes.
Shanna graduated from San Francisco State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television. She also received a Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the National Weather Association and the Asian American Journalist Association.
When not reporting the weather, Shanna enjoys encouraging others to live a healthy life style. Shanna is a blood clot survivor and in 2015 ran her first 5k as part of the TODAY Show's "Run For Today" campaign to promote blood clot awareness and prevention.