Fishel began his broadcast meteorology career in 1979 with WMDT in Salisbury, Maryland. He joined WRAL in 1981, and became the station's chief meteorologist in 1989. He resigned from the WRAL News Team in February 2019. In late 2019, Fishel joined Priogen Energy in Raleigh as an atmospheric scientist.
Through most of his career, Fishel held a view on climate change in opposition to the climate consensus. However, he began researching the matter in 2005, and by 2015 he participated in a climate documentary. In his last five years with WRAL, Fishel would make strong anti-denialist statements on climate change.
Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. He chaired the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board Committee to develop the 100-question exam for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program.
Fishel is also the chair of the North Carolina State Climate Office Advisory Committee and a member of the Advisory Commission for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Awards & Recognition
- 1985 American Meteorological Society award for broadcast excellence for reporting a March 1984 tornado
- American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for television and radio
- Emmy Award from Midsouth Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for hurricane special in 2000
- One of six recipients of American Meteorological Society Special Award in 2006
- American Meteorological Society Fellow
- "11pm Newscast, 8/19/1980". WMDT.
- WRAL. "Greg Fishel :: WRAL.com". WRAL. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
- WRAL. "Greg Fishel announcement :: WRAL.com". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- Huffman, Dane (7 February 2020). "WRAL's Fishel lands new job". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
- Fishel, Greg (13 November 2017). "How a North Carolina meteorologist abandoned his climate change skepticism". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
- Bennett, Abbie (23 May 2017). "'Put up or shut up': WRAL's Greg Fishel goes off on climate change deniers". The News & Observer. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
- "Fishel receives national honor". WRAL.