Joanne Clare Wheeler
3 July 1963
|Known for||East Midlands Today (1991–94)|
Sky News (1994–2010, 2010–present freelancing)
|Spouse(s)||Richard Edwards (2000–)|
|Children||2 sons, 3 daughters|
Wheeler's father and uncle worked in the broadcasting industry. From 1974–79 she attended Wilmslow County Grammar School for Girls, which became comprehensive in 1978, and became part of Wilmslow High School. From 1979–81 she went to the independent Cheadle Hulme School for her sixth-form. She spent a short time at Manchester Drama School, but did not complete her course.
Before joining Sky, Wheeler had spells working for Central East Television as a continuity announcer from 1983 at Lenton Lane Studios, later Carlton Studios, Nottingham. From January 1987 to November 1988 she worked with Orion Airways at Castle Donington.
She joined BSkyB in October 1994 where she also presented forecasts for Channel 5 until February 2012. She was also voted Best European Weather Presenter in 1998.
She lived in Portugal for a seven-year period with her husband and five children, and commuted to the UK-based Sky News Centre in Isleworth on a weekly basis to present the weather. Because of this, she acted as a live reporter in Praia da Luz during the initial coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann before journalists arrived from London.
Wheeler married Richard Edwards in April 2000 in Cheshire. They moved from Wilmslow to Portugal in 2002 (being disillusioned with Britain and discipline in the state education system) and have had a daughter (born July 1999) and son (born November 2001) together. Jo has two daughters (born November 1990 and June 1994) and a son (born January 1992) from a previous relationship.
She now lives in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.
- The Weathergirl cull: The forecast's gloomy as Sky plans shake-up – and the Tracy Sunshines are under threat Mail Online, 22 May 2010
- Portugal is easier than Cheshire for Jo the Euro commuter! Sky's weather girl finds getting to work from her Algarve home a breeze – the outlook's sunnier, too[permanent dead link] Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2003