Tracy Hinson is a meteorologist and general assignment multi-skilled journalist at 5 On Your Side in St. Louis. She specializes in delivering St. Louis’ most accurate weather forecast and storytelling. You can catch Tracy’s forecasts Saturdays and Sundays on Today in St. Louis and her reports throughout the week.
Tracy is a native of Sunnyvale, California, which is in the heart of Silicon Valley. She grew up with cherry orchards in her backyard, farmed by a neighbor named Charlie who once told a very young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to “stop playing with gadgets and start mowing lawns.”
In first grade, Tracy watched a very rare anti-cyclonic tornado form over Sunnyvale. It was then she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist, and she stuck to her plan.
She loves all things science and calls herself the Queen of Cold - winter is her favorite season. She loves skiing, ice skating, and taking her horse, Star, for walks in the snow.
Speaking of animals, Tracy also has a prairie dog named Herbie, a cat named Oliver Nacho and a sheep named Pickles. The Hinson Herd lives on the Frank Farm in St. Louis County.
Tracy met her husband, Garry Frank, while forecasting for Fox 17 West Michigan. She lovingly says their first fight was over the 7 day forecast. Fast forward 6 years and they were saying their "I, Dos" in Augusta, Missouri.
Tracy has been part of the 5 On Your Side Weather team since April 2019.
She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University and is a National Weather Association seal holder. Before moving to St. Louis, she worked at stations in Portland, Oregon; Salinas, California; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.