Ilona McCauley joined KIRO 7 in October 2020 as the weekend morning meteorologist. Before coming to KIRO 7, Ilona was most recently a freelance meteorologist at NWCN in Seattle.
Before moving to Seattle in 2014, Ilona spent 14 years as a meteorologist at KVUE-TV in Austin, TX. Ilona covered a wide range of weather events there including severe weather outbreaks, historic flooding and ice storms. She contributed to severe weather specials produced by KVUE-TV and also produced a commemorative story on the anniversary of the F5 tornado that hit Jarrell, TX in May of 1997. In September of 2005, one of the most active hurricane years the U.S, Ilona traveled to Houston to cover Hurricane Rita as it moved onshore.
Ilona was first introduced to the Pacific Northwest shortly after graduating college when she accepted a position as the morning meteorologist at KDRV in Medford, OR. Ilona immediately fell in love with the northwest! In fact, Ilona and her husband loved this area so much they travelled from TX to get married in Hood River, OR.
Ilona is a proud Wildcat earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona and has a seal from the American Meteorological Society. Ilona also holds a teaching certificate in middle school science.
Ilona enjoys spending time with her husband, two girls and beloved rescue dog, Rudy. She is involved with the special needs community and loves watching their older daughter play volleyball.