Fired Boston Science Reporter Issues Statement About Climate Change Views

By Kevin Eck 

Mish Michaels, the WGBH science reporter and meteorologist who was let go because of her views on vaccination, has issued a statement.

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

We reported she was fired because of her stance against vaccinations. But her statement addresses another issue.

“I am not a climate change denier,” said Michaels. “I never stated that humans do not have an influence on our climate. My point at the time in 2009 was that natural influences appeared to be more significant than manmade ones. Scientists are trying to determine the human impact and how to mitigate or adapt to shifts in our complex climate puzzle. I have deep respect for climate scientists and their challenging mission.”

Michaels has a Bachelors in Atmospheric Science from Cornell and a Masters in Technology in Education from Harvard.

“When a WGBH news executive whom she had worked with for almost a decade recruited Mish for a unique position, she decided to give it a try,” said the press release with her statement. “Unfortunately, recent media accounts have distorted her position on climate change. She posted a single sentence about the subject in 2009 on her website.”