Ellen Bacca has been part of Storm Team 8 since the fall of 2014. Since then, she has been nominated for Emmys three times and has acquired both her meteorological seals of approval. 

Since joining the team, she has covered blizzards, high water levels, floods and two major severe weather events: the Aug. 20 tornadoes of 2016 and the destructive high winds coverage of 2019. Each year, Ellen teaches kids about science at WOOD TV’s exclusive and interactive Weather Experience. You can also catch her out at the beach on Thursdays for the seasonal Beach and Boating forecast. 

Ellen was recently selected as one of the only broadcast meteorologists in the country to participate in the National Severe Storms Laboratory Hazardous Weather Testbed study to test the next generation of tornado and severe storm warnings. 

Each spring and fall, Ellen and fellow meteorologist Emily Schuitema welcome hundreds of elementary school students into a real-life TV studio for our exclusive Weather Experience. This interactive program teaches kids about all things severe weather with hands-on experiences. At the end of the program, each student gets to practice their new-found knowledge on the green screen and see what it’s like to be on TV themselves! 

Ellen is from Portage, Mich. where she met and married her high school sweetheart. She has her meteorology degree from Valparaiso University and worked in the mountains of Helena, Mont. and the banks of New Bern, NC before returning home. 

Ellen enjoys hiking around West Michigan and hitting up the best local breakfast joints. You might catch her at a local balloon festival with her husband Mark, who is a pilot. 

You can catch Ellen on #the7on8 7 p.m. weekday newscast with her latest answer to the weekly Ask Ellen series.