Rebecca Kopelman joined the Weather First team in January of 2016. Before moving to Cedar Rapids, Rebecca was a forecaster for WRUF and WUFT in Gainesville, Florida.
She started forecasting in 2013 on WRUF-TV, a 24-hour weather, sports, and news station. Rebecca did evening updates before anchoring Mornings Live, a two hour live morning show. In the fall of 2015, Rebecca became the lead forecaster on WUFT-TV's First at Five flagship newscast, forecasting for North Florida 5 days a week.
Rebecca was born and raised in South Florida in the city of Plantation. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunications, a minor in Geography and a certificate of Meteorology and Climatology. She is currently enrolled in Mississippi State University's Master of Geosciences program with a concentration in Applied Meteorology.
Outside of the weather center, Rebecca enjoys photography and playing the flute. Rebecca is excited to explore Cedar Rapids and the Midwest and is always looking for a new place to see or restaurant to try.