Phil Schwarz
Phil Schwarz has been a meteorologist for ABC 7 since 1995. He presents the weather primarily on weekends and fills in during the week. When not covering the weather, Schwarz reports on environmental and weather-related stories. Schwarz is one of the ABC 7 meteorologists who has received an Emmy Award for his severe weather coverage.

Previously, Schwarz was the primary meteorologist at WNYW-TV in New York, N.Y., where he reported the weather for their 10 p.m. newscast. Before that, he served as weekend meteorologist at KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities.

Schwarz began his on-air career in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, where he was the weekend meteorologist for WJRT-TV, the local ABC affiliate. During this time, he also owned and operated a private weather forecasting service with several clients throughout the Midwest.

Schwarz earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, and earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal as well.

A participant in numerous volunteer activities, he is a board member of the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This charitable group raises money to help those afflicted with ALS and also contributes to the research being conducted at Northwestern University. All of the money raised by this charity stays in the Chicago area. Each year Schwarz emcees the ALS Walk for Life which is held in late September.

Schwarz resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and has two grown children.

Phil's Stories
Tornado safety: How to prepare for more dangerous seasons
We've seen the images: Fairdal and Coal City in 2015, Naplate and Ottawa in 2017, and Utica back in 2004. These are just a few of the deadly tornadoes that have struck our area in the last two decades.
Slushy snow falls in Rockford; Chicago typically sees 1st snowfall in late October
As temperatures get chilly, Rockford saw sticking snow. Chicago generally sees accumulating snow as early as Oct. 30.
Milky, hazy skies over Chicago from Oregon wildfire smoke
While the thickest smoke will arrive Monday evening, we will likely see our sky remain a milky white through Friday as more smoke arrives in the Chicago area.
Chicago Heat Advisory: Temperatures expected to rise to dangerous levels throughout weekend
Temperatures are expected to reach dangerous levels in the Chicago area this weekend.
Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Tips to stay safe during dangerous storms
Tornadoes have happened this early in the year in our area, so it's important to be prepared.
Crews begin construction along shore at Juneway Beach to fight erosion in Rogers Park
High waves along the entire Lake Michigan shoreline have caused significant erosion at Chicago beaches, and some of the worst damage is in the Rogers Park neighborhood.
Chicago Weather: High winds cause power outages, extensive damage as many travel for Thanksgiving
People across the Chicago area are cleaning up after powerful winds gusting up to 60 mph caused extensive damage on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Chicago Weather: High winds cause power outages, extensive damage as many travel for Thanksgiving
People across the Chicago area are cleaning up after powerful winds gusting up to 60 mph caused extensive damage on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Chicago Weather: Frigid cold moves in as temperatures plunge to record low Tuesday
Chicago plunged into a record-breaking freeze Tuesday with single-digit temperatures and below-zero wind chills.
Spring, summer rain delaying fall harvest; farmers at risk as winter looms
Illinois farmers that planted crops after overcoming historic rain and flooding now face a severely delayed fall harvest.