Phil Schwarz Retires From WLS After 28 Years

By Kevin Eck 

Longtime WLS meteorologist Phil Schwarz is retiring from the Chicago ABC owned station after 28 years.

“It’s been a dream career for me as I was always fascinated with the weather since the blizzard of 1967,” Schwarz said. “I was seven years old in Flint, Michigan, and was fascinated by what could cause such an amazing amount of snow.”

Schwarz has worked at AccuWeather as well as local stations in Flint, Mich., Minneapolis and New York, before joining WLS.


“I will never forget my first interview and hearing how this was such a great station from people like Frank Mathie, John Drury and Paul Meinke,” he said. “This made an indelible impression on me and I knew that this is the station and this is the city I wanted to make my home.”

“Not that I will be completely out of the picture, as I do intend on filling in from time to time. But for now, I plan on spending more time with family, including my two wonderful granddaughters, and to explore the world as much as I can,” Schwarz said. “So while this isn’t truly goodbye, it is pretty much the end of a wonderful and fulfilling career.”