Michael Behrens - WNEM TV 5

Michael Behrens

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Michael became a member of the First Warn 5 team at WNEM in June of 2016 as a Meteorologist Trainee, but has been interested in weather for as long as he can remember. From a being afraid of storms as a child to chasing them as an adult, Michael has seemingly kept an eye on the sky for his entire life.

Michael has worked in television since late 2012 when he joined the weather team at ABC 21 Alive (WPTA-TV), in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He worked there as a weather specialist, filling in as needed. This position also included work doing the weather for NBC 33 (WISE-TV) in Fort Wayne and My TV 20 Detroit (WMYD-TV) in Detroit. Michael also gained experience with the weather team at, then CBS affiliate, WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where he interned during the summer of 2014, and as a student volunteer at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis during the summer of 2015.

Michael is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography with concentrations in Professional Track Meteorology and GI Science. He graduated cum laude with an honors diploma from the Ball State Honors College in May 2016. Michael was heavily involved in student media at Ball State, including holding the positions of reporter, producer, forecaster, technical operations director, assistant general manager, and chief weather forecaster for the student radio station WCRD 91.3 FM, as well as forecaster, producer, and chief weather forecaster for NewsLink Indiana, Ball State’s nightly television newscast. Additionally, Michael was a member of the Ball State Storm Chase Team for his entire time at the University.

Michael’s work at Ball State was recognized by several scholarships and awards including the David L. Odom Award for Outstanding Service in Meteorology and Climatology and a Society of Professional Journalism award for best newscast among some of the most notable. Capping this off was a 2nd place award for best student weathercaster from the Broadcast Education Association. To win this award Michael submitted his work against students from all around the nation.

Michael has had a lifelong passion for the weather and is eager to take on all the challenges that Mid-Michigan has to offer. 

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