Tom Skilling is an American chief meteorologist at WGN-TV who has the experience of over 40 years in meteorology.

He is the most loved and respected meteorologist in the United States. The former CEO of Enron Corporation, Jeffrey Skilling is his younger brother.

Quick Info
Birth Name
Thomas Ethelbert Skilling III
Nick Name
Tom Skilling
Birth Date
20th February 1952
Birth Place
Aurora, Illinois, United States
Current City
Father Thomas Ethelbert Skilling, Jr
Becky Clarke
Jeffrey, Mark and Sue Skilling
West Aurora High School,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Zodiac Sign
5 feet 7 inches
70 kg
Social Media
Twitter and Facebook
chief meteorologist
$80 thousand
Net Worth$15 million
Tom Skilling for WGN TV
Tom for WGN TV Source: Facebook

Where was Tom born and raised?

Tom Skilling was born on 20th February 1952 in Aurora, Illinois, United States. His birth name is Thomas Ethelbert Skilling III and he is the son of Thomas Ethelbert Skilling, Jr. who worked in an Illinois valve company as a sales manager.

His mother’s name is Becky Clarke. Skilling grew up with his three siblings Jeffrey, Mark, and Sue Skilling. His younger brother, Jeffrey was the CEO of the Enron scandal who was sentenced to 24 years of prison for convicting a federal felony in 2010.

Skilling has an American nationality and white ethnicity. He has Pisces as his birth sign.



Tom Skilling is a student of West Aurora High School in his hometown. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison with a degree in Journalism and meteorology. Skilling started his journalism career in his early high school.


How did Skilling start his career?

Tom Skilling started his journalism career since he was in high school. He was 14 years old when he worked for the WKKD radio station. Skilling was a weather forecaster and while working there, he finds that the result for weather forecasting wasn’t accurate. So, Skilling started forecasting the weather and after four years in WKKD, he joined WLXT-TV in 1970.

Skilling started working for WGN-TV in 1978 and it has been 43 years of his service. In August 2013, he was promoted to chief meteorologist. Skilling has been awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 1995. He currently serves at National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society as its member.


Physical Description & Weight Loss Journey

Tom Skilling turned 69 years old in February 2021. He is a man who recently went through a huge weight loss journey. Skilling shared the picture of his after the operation in March 2020. He lost 110 pounds after the surgery and Skilling confessed that he had never felt so great.

Tom Skilling for surgery in 2020
Tom Skilling for surgery in 2020 Source: WGN TV

Before the surgery, Skilling used to avoid every reason for walking but he eventually started going on a walk with his dog after the surgery. He has also started consuming a low-fat diet. Describing the physical appearance of Skilling, he has grey hair and a bald head. He possesses dark brown eyes and he stands 5 feet 7 inches tall. His weight after the dramatic weight loss is 70 kg.


Personal Life

Tom Skilling is a single man and there is no record of his marriage or love life yet. He has remained unmarried all his life. Many questions have been raised if he is gay but he is not.

However, Skilling is not alone, he has spent his single life with his pet dog, Maddie who died in August 2021. Skilling wrote heartfelt condolence to Maddie on Facebook. He further confessed how lonely he felt during the pandemic while working from home.


Social Media

Tom Skilling is an active social media user. He is mostly active on Twitter and Facebook. Skilling joined Twitter in September 2008 and he has accumulated over 87.1 thousand followers. He can be connected through @Skilling. He is also on Instagram and has posted only single pictures to this date.

Despite that, he has over 1.9 thousand followers on Instagram and can be connected through @tom_skilling. Skilling is also on Facebook where he has over 254 thousand followers.

Tom Skilling showing his award alongside other journalist in 2018
Tom Skilling showing his award alongside other journalists in 2018 Source: Facebook

What is Tom’s current net worth?

Tom Skilling has an estimated net worth of $15 million as of 2021. He signed a multi-million contract with WGN-TV in 1978. He has an annual salary of over $80 thousand as a chief meteorologist in WGN-TV. Skilling is leading a successful life in Chicago and is busy with his career.



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