Although she was on television in Provo, Jensen didn’t feel really ready for a big market like Minneapolis.
But Douglas persuaded her, and she grabbed her best suit and flew into town for an audition.
Here’s what else I learned about one of Minnesota’s most beloved TV personalities. “My high school physics teacher thought I was almost as smart as my older brother.” She laughs and then goes on to tell about how she once interviewed Paul Douglas, who was a KARE 11 meteorologist at the time, for a 10th-grade term paper.
Jensen caught the weather bug, and her physics teacher suggested she study atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I’ve been invited to speak to second-grade students about the weather for 25 years,” says Jensen.
With no one giving Jensen instructions in her ear and no indication of when to stop, she went on for 13 minutes explaining the scientific details of the historic rainfall. Jensen returned to the Midwest with more than a suitcase and a new job.
And for more than 20 years, she’s brought her passion for all things outdoors to her work as a meteorologist for KARE 11 News and co-host of KARE 11 Saturday and Grow With KARE.
Jensen has made her home in Edina since moving to the Twin Cities from Utah in 1994.
While at Madison, Jensen was offered an internship at KARE 11, where Douglas became her mentor. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in meteorology, Jensen moved to Utah to be near her parents and pursue a master’s degree in atmospheric science.
During that time, Jensen’s parents moved from the shores of the St. But she would soon be detoured from a career in education to one in television. When she noticed the weatherman for KTVX in Utah was using terrible maps, she called the station and sold herself as a mapmaker, a skill she honed while an intern at KARE.