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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Grace Devine
Weekend Meteorologist

Grace Devine is from a small town in New Jersey and is currently a meteorology student at The Ohio State University. She is graduating this May of 2019. Grace started being the Sunday Meteorologist in February 2019.Grace has had a strong passion for the weather from a young age. She remembers presenting the Weather Channel's Local on the 8's to her family when she was young. Grace decided to take her weather passion from New Jersey all the way to Ohio to get her weather degree. While at Ohio State, Grace has been on the executive board for the Meteorology Club and is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. When Grace is not at WHIZ, Grace enjoys rooting for the Buckeye's or taking trips back to New Jersey to see her family. Please feel free to reach out to Grace with any comments or questions.

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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.