Boston Science Reporter Out Over Anti-Vax Stance

By Kevin Eck 

Mish Michaels is out at Boston PBS station WGBH.

“The decision was made that [Michaels] is not a good fit for ‘Greater Boston’ and she won’t be working there,” Jim Braude, host of Greater Boston told the Boston Globe.

The Globe says the core issue was that the station’s science reporter and former meteorologist at CBS-owned WBZ, didn’t believe in vaccines. She took the job at the end of January.


Michaels, who has a bachelor of science from Cornell and a master’s in technology from Harvard, testified before the Massachusetts Legislature for a bill to add parental choice as one the reasons kids who aren’t immunized can still go to school.

From The Globe:

The YouTube clip (which has been removed) of Michaels’s testimony has been making the rounds in the WGBH News offices this week, and of particular concern to her prospective co-workers was her statement that she repeatedly pitched stories at WBZ-TV linking vaccines and autism. (Michaels’ testimony before the Legislature is also included in the 2014 book “The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public.”)

In addition to her skepticism about the scientific consensus on vaccines and autism, Michaels also isn’t on board with the widely-accepted science related to climate change. On her website, she writes: “I spent hours and hours reading about climate science to be able to generate related stories. Given my exposures to date, I do feel strongly that politics has warped the scientific process and natural variation has a much stronger hand than humans do.”