WCVB-TV Channel 5 meteorologist and weatherman Mike Wankum has been off (or under?) the weather for a while following rotator cuff surgery. He recently returned to work and fans are eagerly congratulating him.
Meteorologist Mike Wankum joined WCVB-Channel 5 in 2006 and has been forecasting weather in Boston for nearly three decades. He has also reported weather for KISS 108, The Boston Herald, and WBUR-FM as well.
He has won thirteen regional Emmy Awards for his work as a meteorologist and has several Associated Press and Mass Broadcasters Association awards. He has a master's degree in Atmospheric Science at Creighton University in Tornado Alley and has spoken on various topics including climate change, severe weather, nuclear disasters, and children's issues.
Mike Wankum has a family background that traces back to Boston where his Irish immigrant ancestors first settled during the Famine. He currently lives on the South Shore with his wife and children.
A licensed Amateur road racer, he is a regular visitor at the New Hampshire Motors Speedway and has a long history of podium finishes. He uses his racing experience to teach local law enforcement motorcycle officers about riding safely at high speeds as a member of the Fishtail Riding School.
He has also been a guest science lecturer at local schools and colleges, speaking on an array of subjects, including climate change, severe weather, nuclear disasters, children's issues, and the media. He has a bachelor's degree from Briar Cliff University and a master's in Atmospheric Science from Creighton University.