Storm Team

Phil Sakal
Chief Meteorologist

Phil Sakal was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where his fascination with weather began. From three feet of snow from a lake effect snow storm, to golf ball size hail Northeast Ohio had it all. From a very early age Phil knew he wanted to be a Meteorologist. Phil went to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he majored in Meteorology/Geography.While at OU he was a member of the Meteorology Club. He is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Phil interned at WEWS Newschannel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio before coming to WHIZ in May of 2012. He is excited to be apart of the WHIZ Storm Team, and you can catch him on Sunrise in Southeast Ohio every weekday morning at 6 AM. In his free time, other than keeping tabs on the weather, Phil enjoys golfing, watching the Cleveland Indians and Browns, and is always on the look out for a great pizza! Feel free to drop him a line!

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Ben Beddoes
Evening Meteorologist
Ben Beddoes grew up just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The record 2005 hurricane season got Ben fascinated in the weather. Along with a passion for weather, a passion for maps helped Ben determine that he wanted to be a meteorologist. Ben graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s in meteorology and a minor in geography. Ben was a member of Virginia Tech’s running club and was head of social media for Hokie Weather Watch, Virginia Tech’s student run weather organization. Ben joined the WHIZ Storm Team immediately after graduating. You can catch Ben off-air going for a run and rooting for his Hokies and sports teams from the DC area. You can catch him on-air at 6, 7, and 11 weekday nights.