Emmy Award winning Meteorologist Ron Childers can be seen on Action News 5 weekday mornings from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.
A native Memphian and second generation Mexican-American, Ron's broadcasting career began in Memphis radio in the early 80s at WRVR then onto WMC FM 100. In 1989 Ron moved from radio to television as a Marketing and Promotion Producer and part-time weathercaster for WMC TV. In the mid 90s Ron pursued weather full time and went on to get his Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Ron's twenty plus years of forecasting experience have included working through some of the most memorable storms to move through the Mid-South. In 2000 Ron was awarded an Emmy for coverage of a winter storm that blanketed the area with snow. In 2005 Ron was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science with an Emmy nomination for Best Weathercast. And, in 2010 Ron was again nominated for an Emmy for his weekly Weather Web Chat on wmctv.com.
Ron is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval. He is also a member of the National Weather Association, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalist.
Throughout the year Ron speaks to numerous schools, clubs, and civic groups. He serves as emcee and auctioneer for various fund raisers and he also volunteers his time with several charitable organizations. In 2011 Ron was awarded the Humanitarian of The Year Award from Diversity Memphis for his civic and charitable work in the community.
Ron is married to local news anchor Joyce Peterson. He has a daughter, a dog, and two cats.