Jo Wheeler (born 3 July 1963, Manchester) is an English weather forecaster who currently works for Sky News.

Jo Wheeler
Born
Joanne Clare Wheeler

(1963-07-03) 3 July 1963 (age 56)
Manchester, England
OccupationWeather presenter
Years active1983–present
EmployerFreelance
Known forEast Midlands Today (1991–94)
Sky News (1994–2010, 2010–present freelancing)
Spouse(s)Richard Edwards (2000–)
Children2 sons, 3 daughters

Early lifeEdit

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.

CareerEdit

ITVEdit

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.

BBCEdit

She joined East Midlands Today as one of its first weather presenters when it was launched in 1991. She presented the afternoon weekend programme on Radio Lincolnshire from 1988–93.

Sky NewsEdit

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.

In 2010, Sky News carried out a major overhaul of its presentation, removing most of its weather presenters,[1] Wheeler now works freelance.

Personal lifeEdit

Wheeler married Richard Edwards in April 2000 in Cheshire.[2] 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.

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