Meteorologist Mish Michaels, best known for her live reporting from Boston, has died, a family friend announced on Facebook.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Mish Michaels. Our family is devastated by her loss. She was a mother, wife, daughter, aunt, friend and equestrian dedicated, as well as an award-winning meteorologist and environmental journalist,” the family spokeswoman said.
“Mish had the ability to brighten up every room she walked into. Her professional success was monumental, but so was her commitment to helping others through her philanthropic work. We ask that our family’s privacy be respected. during this difficult time. Thank you for your love and support. Funeral arrangements will be announced,” the spokesperson added.
Michaels began her career in New Hampshire and hopped to Boston, where she had stints with WHDH-TV and WBZ-TV. She has also worked for The Weather Channel. She lived in Wellesley.
His job at the local PBS station, WGBH, ended almost as soon as it started. The Emmy Award winner, according to a Boston Globe report in 2017, may have been fired as a science writer for questioning a possible link between vaccines and autism. The newspaper said ‘Greater Boston’ host Jim Braude had “raised concerns”.
WBZ-TV said in an article Wednesday night that Michaels was “a likeable, dependable and inquisitive meteorologist who loved science.” She worked at Channel 4 for seven years, the station added.
“Mish has chased tornadoes, flown through hurricanes and lit up our lives – always sharing his enthusiasm for science and weather,” WBZ added. “In a field dominated by men for decades, Mish was determined to pave the way for female meteorologists, not just here in Boston, but across the country. And that’s exactly what she did.
Details of his death have not been made public. She was 53 years old.
His LinkedIn profile lists Michaels as a meteorologist, author and entrepreneur. She was a graduate of Cornell University and wrote that when she was in kindergarten, an F2 tornado “ripped through her apartment complex just outside Baltimore.”
This, she added in this profile, has led her to “search the sky ever since!”
She also received a science journalism fellowship to study at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, a renowned science enclave that is home to at least one Nobel laureate.