There’s a familiar face around town

Media personality Kristine Hanson, opens a new chapter in Roseville
By: Eileen Wilson Special to the Press Tribune
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Television lovers, be on the lookout – there’s a familiar face in town. If you don’t know the name, Kristine Hanson, you probably didn’t live in Northern California in the ‘70s. Hanson, a household name throughout the greater Sacramento area, faithfully delivered the weather forecast for local station, KCRA in 1975. Armed with a degree in meteorology from San Francisco State University, she was a rarity, as far as meteorologists go. “It was a pretty male-dominated business at the time,” she said. Hanson was offered a lucrative contract in San Francisco, and moved to the city in 1978, but in the ‘80s, a position at the sports desk lured her back to Sacramento, and KCRA, where she worked with well-known media personalities like Tom Duhain and Betty Vasquez. “We had five people in weather – that was really the heyday of television. Hanson grew up in Fair Oaks and Carmichael, and has lived throughout California, but ultimately chose to make her home in Roseville, a move which she applauds every day. “When I moved from Fair Oaks to Roseville, my family couldn’t understand – it seemed so far away,” she said. “But now, my family comes out to see me all the time, because they’re going to the Galleria, or to Kaiser - Roseville isn’t just a bus stop anymore – I love it here.” Weather, to Hanson is always interesting. “It’s just second nature to me, I honestly love doing it,” she said. But meteorology isn’t Hanson’s only passion. Sandy-haired and toned-muscled, Hanson is a self-described, active and outdoor woman with an interest in walking and gardening, which led her to become a U.C. Davis Master Gardener some 20 years ago. Writing gardening segments for the Sacramento Bee, and hosting television shows like “The Dirt on Gardening” on the DIY national network, and California Heartland, here locally, became part of her weekly commitments as well. Today, Hanson fills in, occasionally, for News 10 meteorologists, and for KGO in San Francisco, but admits 35 years in television, and the demanding schedule that goes with it, is enough. She chooses to throw her talent and energy in to her and professional partner, Stephanie Andersen’s real estate business, Find Your Way Home Realtors. Their company, which is part of RE/MAX Gold, was named with two meanings in mind. To find the perfect home for clients, is the obvious meaning, and also because of both women’s personal dedication to reuniting missing pets with their owners, and helping clients find homes for their pets, if they’re unable to relocate with the family. “My clients know they can call me if they need help finding homes for their pets, and they do,” Hanson said. “We always seem to come across lost pets, too.” Hanson uses her contacts in the media to get the word out when trying to find homes for lost or displaced furry friends. “She cares for animals as she cares for humans,” said close friend Val Weinberg. “Family, to her, is not just parents and siblings, but her animals too.” Hanson still uses her meteorology skills to deliver the morning and noon forecast for local radio station, KAHI in Auburn, The Voice of the Foothills. “Everybody cares about weather,” she said, and explained she also places weather information on her Web site. “It’s a great tie in with real estate – with letting people know when they should move, when would be a good day for an open house,” she said. Hanson said she loves the real estate business, and the flexibility it offers. She specializes in staging homes, which she explained, is often the key to getting a great offer. “Really showcase your home,” she advises. Meanwhile, Hanson and her husband keep busy raising a cluster of cats, and pack of dogs of their own. “I love pets,” Hanson said. “If I could, I’d have several more.”