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Meteorologist Amber Alexander leaves WHO-TV, citing mental health reasons


Des Moines Register: After more than six years as a WHO 13 meteorologist and digital content producer, Amber Alexander left the Des Moines station, citing mental health reasons. Alexander joined the Channel 13 weather team in December 2015, according to a bio on the TV station’s website. “Being hired as a full-time meteorologist at a top 100 market (there are 210 TV markets in the U.S. and I started in market 209) was a dream come true. I truly lived my dream for almost 5 years,” Alexander wrote in a Facebook post last week announcing her departure. Alexander has been open about her ongoing battle with diagnosed anxiety including obsessive-compulsive disorder tendencies since 2019, when she publicly shared her struggle to bring awareness about mental health issues. In her most recent post, she said her health took a serious hit this spring. “The past 2 years have been the hardest of my life mentally and physically, and in recent months my body has shown me it can’t take much more of what I’m currently putting it through,” she wrote. “My health has to come first.”

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