Mike Wankum is a staff meteorologist for NewsCenter 5.
Mike has been recognized with ten regional Emmy Awards in New England and one in Washington, D.C. He has contributed to weather reports for the Boston Herald and the Community Newspaper Company. Mike has also been heard on local airwaves (WBUR, WXKS-FM, WZLX-FM, WBCN-FM) providing forecasts and discussing weather and science.
Prior to moving to Boston, Mike was chief meteorologist at WTVR-TV, Richmond, Va. He also served as chief meteorologist at KTIV-TV, Sioux City, Iowa.
Mike has traveled extensively through Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as part of the Chernobyl Children Project. He is also actively involved in various local charitable organizations and a frequent speaker in area schools.
A graduate of Briar Cliff University, Mike is a member of the American Meteorological Society, has the AMS Seal of Approval and is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
Mike's family originally arrived in Boston from Ireland on July 11, 1847. As Irish immigrants they headed west in search of farmland. The family homesteaded in Minnesota, then South Dakota and eventually Iowa, where Mike was raised on a farm. He now resides on the South Shore where he enjoys sailing. A lifelong motorcycle rider, he can still races motorcycles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. He is married with three children.
- WCVB NewsCenter 5Meteorologist, 2006 - present
- WLVI-BostonChief Meteorologist, 1993 - 2006
- WTVR-Richmond, VAChief Meteorologist, 1990 - 1993
- KTIV-Sioux City. IAChief Meteorologist