Tom Skilling Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28 Nov, 2018
Facts of Tom Skilling
Date of Birth: 1952 , February-20
Age: 66 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Tom Skilling
Birth Name Thomas Ethelbert Skilling, III
Father Thomas Skilling
Mother Betty Skilling 
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Aurora, Illinois
Ethnicity White ethnicity
Profession Meteorologist
Working For WGN-TV
Net Worth $14 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Tattoo(s) No
Married No
Children N/A
Divorce N/A
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, West Aurora High School
Online Presence Facebook and Twitter
Movies The Weather Man
Siblings Jeffrey Skilling, Mark Skilling, and Sue Skilling
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Tom Skilling, a Chicago based meteorologist is famed as a chief meteorologist for the weekday 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WGN-TV. Professional for over 52 years, Skilling is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association and has amassed a huge net worth alongside wide fame.    

Early Life Of Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling was born Thomas Ethelbert Skilling, III  on February 20, 1952, in Aurora, Illinois, United States. He was born to Thomas and Betty Skilling and was raised along with his siblings Jeffrey Skilling, Mark Skilling, and Sue Skilling.

Tom Skilling holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity.

Tom Skilling's Early Career

For a fact, at the age of 14, Tom started broadcasting for WKKD-AM & FM while in his high school at West Aurora High School. By the time Skilling reached the age of 18, he worked at WLXT-TV (Ch. 60) in Aurora, Illinois.

Tom enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied meteorology and journalism. While as a University attendant, he used to  WKOW-TV and WTSO AM and then worked as a meteorologist at WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1975-1978.

Tom Skilling's Professional Career

Active on journalism and broadcasting career since 1966, Tom Skilling returned to Chicago after his University graduation. On August 13, 1978, Tom was hired by WGN-TV Channel 9 alongside his late colleague Bob Collins and is actively working for the channel since then. 

As of 2018, Skilling serves as the chief meteorologist for WGN-TV for the weekday 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts featured with the latest technology in computer imagery and animation techniques.

CAPTION: Tom Skilling in WGN-TV SOURCE: Benedictine University

The member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Skilling hosts the annual tornado and severe weather seminars at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois.

Also, Tom Skilling writes the daily weather column in the Chicago Tribune

In August 2018, he celebrated his 40th anniversary with WGN-TV.

Tom Skilling's Net Worth And Earnings 

As of November 2018, Tom Skilling is estimated to be enjoying the net worth of $14 million.  Despite his enormous net worth, Skilling has kept most of his property details undisclosed. he is considered as one of the richest metrologists. 

Reportedly, Tom owns a condo in the Malibu East high-rise in Edgewater, New Jersey. The price of condo ranges from $70,000 to $3.75 million.

CAPTION: WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling SOURCE: WGN-TV

Talking about Tom's earnings, with his experience over 50 years, he pockets a huge sum of money, though his exact salary is kept hidden. As mentioned earlier, Skilling is rumored to be the highest paid local broadcast meteorologist in America with around 7-digit figure of annual income. 

The other highest paid TV meteorologists Al Roker, and Willard Scott earns around $5 million and $3 million annually, while the average salary of a meteorologist in the United States is around $44,631.

Tom Skilling's Personal Life

Tom Skilling, with an average height, is currently in his late 60s and is an unmarried man. No reports on his married life or his wife are available.  Also, Tom is not reported to be dating someone.

Over the years, Tom has kept curtains over his relationship highlights. No strong proof on his past affair is out.    

Tom Skilling has a nephew named John Taylor Skilling. Tom's younger brother is a Jeff Skilling who is a disgraced former CEO of Enron.

He is active on Facebook, and Twitter and has over 70.2K followers on Twitter as of November 2018.

Quick Facts

  • Zodiac- His zodiac sign is Pisces who are more intuition than others and an artistic talent
  • Eye Color- Brown
  • Hair Color- Salt and Pepper
  • Appeared in the movie The Weather Man (2005). 

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