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Tom Skilling Biography
Tom Skilling is an American meteorologist working for WGN-TV. You will see him on weekdays on WGN Evening News from 5-7pm, at Nine and WGN News at Ten.
He joined this channel in on August 13, 1978. He celebrates his 42nd anniversary with WGN this year.
Tom Skilling Age
Skilling was born on 20th-February-1952, in Aurora, Illinois United States. He is hence 71 years old as of 2023.
Tom Skilling Height and Weight
He stands at a moderate height and weight, his height is about 1.65m.
Tom Skilling Wife / Gay
Regarding his romantic life, it is not clear if he is single, dating, or married. However, rumour has it that he might be gay, when asked about it, Tom does not deny or confirm.
Tom Skilling Children
This information is not available publicly, we will update as soon as it is available.
Tom Skilling Education
He went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and studied y meteorology and journalism. While still undergoing his studies, he was still working in Madison at WKOW-TV and WTSO radio. His first major-market television position, where he became the lead forecaster at WITI-TV in Milwaukee.
Tom Skilling Career
Skilling is the chief meteorologist for WGN-TV where he appears weekdays on WGN Evening News from 5-7 pm, WGN News at Nine, and WGN News at Ten. He has worked for WGN-TV for over 40 years.
He started his career at the age of 14 when he was hired by WKKD in Aurora, IL, while attending West Aurora High School. After three years he joined WLXT-TV while going to school during the day.
In the year 1970, he moved to Madison, WI to study meteorology and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while still working in radio and television. At the age of 18, Skilling got his first television job in Aurora, IL, at WLXT-Channel 60. He then went to WKOW-TV (ABC affiliate) and WTSO radio in Madison, WI prior to going to work for WITI-TV, Milwaukee from 1975 to1978, where he was rated the city’s #1 meteorologist.
On August 13, 1978, Skilling joined WGN-TV and since then he has established himself as a respected meteorologist both locally and nationally and is known for his in-depth reports and enthusiasm. H e was the chief meteorologist on WGN Midday News for over 30 years as well as later newscasts.
He helped coordinate the Tribune Weather Center in early 2004 which brings together the meteorology resources and expertise of WGN-TV, CLTV, and the Chicago Tribune in one location. He has been a driving force behind the Chicago Tribune’s weather page since 1997. There is also another element in the column, “Ask Tom Why,” in which he takes viewers’ questions and answers the “why” behind the weather. Him and the Weather Center began providing weather reports to WGN Radio in October 2008.
For over 38 years, Skilling hosted a Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar at Fermilab. As host of the event, he welcomed the ‘who’s who’ in the severe weather research and forecast community. Over the years, the Fermilab programs have been attended by thousands and have been streamed to even more audiences online.
Tom Skilling Salary
His estimated salary is between $68,000-$99,000 annually.
Tom Skilling Net Worth
From his salary, he has accumulated a lot, he has an estimated net worth of $2.1 million.
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Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Evening News from 5-7pm, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten. He celebrates his 40th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2018.
Starting his successful career at the unheard-of age of 14, Tom was hired by WKKD in Aurora, IL, while attending West Aurora High School. He joined WLXT-TV three years later, while going to school during the day.
In 1970, Tom moved to Madison, WI to study meteorology and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while continuing to work in radio and television. Tom’s first television job was at age 18 in Aurora, IL, at WLXT-Channel 60. Then on to WKOW-TV (ABC affiliate) and WTSO radio in Madison, WI before going to work for WITI-TV, Milwaukee from 1975-1978, where he was rated the city’s #1 meteorologist.
Tom joined WGN-TV on August 13, 1978. Since then, he has established himself as a respected meteorologist both locally and nationally, known for his in-depth reports, enthusiasm, and use of state-of-the-art technology. For over 30 years, Skilling was chief meteorologist on WGN Midday News as well as later newscasts. Tom Skilling has been awarded with three honorary doctorates from Lewis University, St. Mary’s of Minnesota and Aurora University.
In early 2004, Tom helped coordinate the Tribune Weather Center, which combines the meteorology resources and expertise of WGN-TV, CLTV and the Chicago Tribune in one location. Since 1997, Skilling has been a driving force behind the Chicago Tribune’s weather page. Another element in the column is “Ask Tom Why,” in which Tom takes viewers’ questions and answers the “why” behind the weather. In October 2008, Tom and the Weather Center started providing weather reports to WGN Radio. He has also received an immense response for WGNtv.com weather blog.
Over the past 38 years, Tom Skilling hosted a Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar at Fermilab. As host of the event, Skilling welcomed the ‘who’s who’ in the severe weather research and forecast community, including famed University of Chicago tornado researcher Dr. Ted Fujita. The Fermilab programs have been attended by thousands over the years and have been streamed to even larger audiences online.
This year, Tom is speaking at numerous events throughout the Chicagoland area discussing climate change. So far this year he has hosted a talk to 200 area science teachers in Downers Grove, participated in a climate conference in Naperville, headed out to Palatine to address an Energy Expo sponsored by the Sierra Club, and has worked with the Mayor’s office several times. He emceed a conference of local mayors from across the Chicagoland community who are addressing climate change, as well as an awards event for mayors recognizing environment efforts in member cities (mayors and their representatives for the world’s 40 biggest cities which included the mayors of Paris and Mexico City and the Deputy Mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC). Finally, this June, Tom will be awarded the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) as their “2018 Broadcast Pioneer” honoree. From recording a podcast with Mayor Emmanuel about climate change to emceeing several events, Tom has maintained a very busy schedule.
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