Who is Hollie Strano?
Born on December 3, 1972 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Holly Strano is a meteorologist, best known for her work for the television station WKYC-TV, appearing as a weather reporter on morning broadcasts. Over the years, she has had many opportunities with the station, including hosting several shows, including a cooking show.
Hollie Strano’s net worth
As of early 2020, Hollie Strano’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, largely earned through a successful career in broadcast meteorology.
She has been working with WKYC for a number of years and her popularity has led to other opportunities as well, especially in the online field where she has a significant following.
Early life and education
Hollie was raised by her parents in Cleveland and lived in a normal household with two siblings. She is close to her parents and her grandparents who often visited, especially her grandmother who loved to make various crafts for her grandchildren, though she passed away sometime in the 2000s. She spent most of her early education in Cleveland, where she attended Notre Dame Cathedral Latin. As the name implies, it is a school sponsored by the religious organization called the Sisters of Notre Dame.
After graduating from high school, she enrolled at nearby John Carroll University in University Heights. The private university is among the top in the Midwestern United States and offers several programs up to the master’s level. The school is named after the first American Catholic Archbishop John Carroll, who was instrumental in establishing many educational institutions in the country. After completing her undergraduate degree, she continued her studies at Mississippi State University, having become interested in a career as a weather reporter, and completed a degree in Meteorology in 1995.
Work with WKYC
After college, Strano worked to obtain certification from the National Weather Association (NWA). Those certified by the organization are deemed capable of going to work as broadcasters for live and television presentations.
After getting approval, she decided it was best for her to work somewhere closer to home and started working with the local Cleveland station WKYC. The station dates back to the 1940s and serves many areas of Ohio. It is known for various locally produced programs such as news, documentaries and children’s programmes. She began working for the station’s early morning broadcasts as part of “Channel 3 News Today”.
She made weather forecasts for the day, often asking to be at the station by 4:30 in the morning. The station also provided her with other hosting opportunities as she became part of the weekday show “Live on Lakeside”, which airs at noon. She joins Alexa Lee in the program which focuses more on lifestyle news and features.
Marriages and divorces
Hollie’s first marriage was to Brian Toohig whom she met during her college years in high school. They were together ever since and got married in 2008. They stayed together for three years and had two children together but things fell apart and led to their parting.
Despite the divorce, she credits her children for helping to cheer them up as she loves being a mother and going home from work to her children.
Sometime in the next three years, she began a relationship with Florida native Alex Giangreco, whom she met while on vacation. They married in 2014 in a simple ceremony at Pompano Beach in Florida. After their marriage, she changed her surname to Giangreco and was recognized as such at some point in her career. However, it was another short-lived marriage as she announced to the public that she had separated and was getting a divorce, and started using her maiden name Strano again in broadcasts.
She’s been open about how hard it is to recover from a divorce, but has learned a lot from these failed relationships.
Struggles with health and anxiety
In 2019, many of Strano’s followers were concerned about her condition. She’s been open about going to the doctor regularly to deal with mental health and anxiety issues, especially since she’s been through two failed marriages. One time she was unable to go to work due to what was described as a health scare. While she did not elaborate on what happened while she was at work, she later made a public statement stating that the doctors found nothing wrong and she was ready to return to work.
She later talked about her recent struggles with intense fear, a problem she’s been battling for a few years now. She was usually a positive and happy person, but divorces have affected her emotionally. With her parents’ encouragement, she began pursuing mental health services, which she says helped save her life. She also credits her fans for supporting her through her struggles. She shared her ordeal as she felt she received a blessing despite a difficult time, and she also wanted to inspire others, especially those who are considering seeking professional help with their severe anxiety.
In her free time, Strano likes to spend time, going to the gym or to the beach. She is very conscious of her image, especially since she often appears in front of the camera. She’s professed her love of food and enjoys eating cheeseburgers, even if that means spending more time keeping fit. Her favorite burgers can be found at locations such as B-Spot, Fahrenheit, Urban Farmer, and Red the Steakhouse. She is also a huge fan of professional basketball and follows the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.