Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers can be seen on WMC Action News 5 weekdays at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
A native Memphian and second generation Mexican-American, Ron's broadcasting career began in Memphis radio in the early 1980s at WRVR, then onto WMC FM 100. In 1989, Ron moved from radio to television as a marketing and promotion producer and part-time weathercaster for WMC Action News 5. In the mid-90s, Ron pursued weather full time and went on to get his Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Ron's 20 plus years of forecasting experience have included working through some of the most memorable storms to move through the Mid-South. In 2000, Ron was awarded an Emmy for coverage of a winter storm that blanketed the area with snow. In 2005, Ron was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy nomination for Best Weathercast. And in 2010, Ron was again nominated for an Emmy for his weekly weather web chat on wmcationnews5.com.
Ron is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval. He is also a member of the National Weather Association, as well as the local chapter of the AMS/NWA Memphis.
Throughout the year, Ron speaks to numerous schools, clubs, and civic groups. He serves as emcee and auctioneer for various fund raisers and he also volunteers his time with several charitable organizations. In 2011, Ron was awarded the Humanitarian of The Year Award from Diversity Memphis for his civic and charitable work in the community.