KSHB 41 announces a new Chief Meteorologist who will replace Gary Lezak, who is retiring on December 1, 2022. As a KU graduate and raised in Missouri, Meteorologist Mike Nicco is looking forward to coming home.
Nicco was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and was raised in Missouri. He received his degree in atmospheric science from the University of Kansas and was president of the Atmospheric Science Club. Even after graduation, as Mike traveled the country working in various cities, his ties to the Kansas City metro have remained strong.
Mike’s career has taken him and his family across the country. From KTBS in Shreveport, KARK in Little Rock, WBTV in Charlotte, KMSP in Minneapolis to KGO in San Francisco, he has seen first-hand a variety of ever-changing weather scenarios. Mike has been at the ABC owned-and-operated station in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 15 years. However, throughout his 27-year career, his dream was always to come home and be a chief meteorologist in Kansas City.
During his career, he has covered severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards, raging wildfires, droughts and even earthquakes. Mike has a vast knowledge in explaining micro-climates and how fast our weather can change. He is passionate about climate science and stays on top of weather and climate research done all over the world.
In addition to his meteorology expertise, Mike has dedicated countless hours to his community by working with the Alzheimer’s Association, as they work to find a cure. Nicco also shares a love for animals and has given back through various organizations dedicated to finding pets their forever homes. As a season ticket holder to Jayhawks games, he is also looking forward to driving to games versus having to fly halfway across the country to support the Rockchalk nation.
Mike is married to his wife Barbara, and they have two sons. His first day on the air at KSHB 41 will be at the end of November.