Ben Gutierrez

Don't ask me why my family didn't subscribe to a newspaper when I was in the third grade. All I remember was that, when my Dad dropped me off at school on his way to work, he would give me a dime to buy a newspaper at the nearby corner store. He didn't have time to read the paper at work, so I would bring it to school with me. And since I was (and still am) a voracious reader, I actually read the paper, and got interested in current events. I also had an interest in science -- in particular, space exploration and the race to get a man to the moon. When that finally happened, I watched Walter Cronkite and his excitement and knowledge as he covered the historic event. Both journalism and science try to answer questions like What's happening? and Why? and How? Both journalism and science attract people who are curious and inquisitive. And since I can't really pick a favorite between the two, being able to report on the weather brings them together for me. I chose to go to St. Louis High School, primarily because it was one of the few schools at the time that had a class in television production and had a small working TV studio and equipment. Then it was on to Linfield College in Oregon, where I became news director of the student radio station during my freshman year. I also worked as the news director at a small market radio station near Portland, an experience that taught me a lot (that happens when your radio station is the only daily source of local news in that area). That's where I got to meet former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and dove into theater and music (that happens when it rains a lot). I returned to Hawaii after a dozen years away and worked in radio until an offer came to be a television weather anchor. I considered for three days whether to take the offer, until a good friend of mine said it would be an opportunity to spread science. So I accepted, and the opportunity also led to a chance to meet and sit in with some of the best local musicians, meet even more fascinating people, go to places most people don't see, experience some history, learn new things (like how to become a Chinese Lion dancer) -- and to share those stories with you, which I hope to continue here at Hawaii News Now.

Recent Articles by Ben

  Forecast: A brief return of trade winds for the weekend

Drier weather and a brief return of the trades

Forecast: Lingering showers, cooler winds as front dissipates near Big Island

A few lingering showers, cooler conditions as cold front dissipates over Big Island

Forecast: Fast-moving front bringing showers, slight chance of thunderstorms

Overnight showers, possible thunderstorms from cold front

Forecast: Wet weather, possible thunderstorms by late Thursday

Showers, possible thunderstorms to increase from approaching front

Forecast: Wet weather, thunderstorms loom as cold front approaches

Approaching cold front to bring wet weather, maybe some thunderstorms

High surf warning issued again for reinforcing northwest swell

Forecast: Another round of big surf, with continued light winds

Another round of big surf, with more light winds and dry conditions

High surf warning canceled, but waves will remain at advisory heights

Forecast: A few more days of light winds and big surf

A few more days of light winds before a cold front arrives Thursday

Mostly dry weather, with light winds and more big surf

High surf warning up for massive NW weekend swell

Forecast: Huge waves, light winds for the weekend

Warning level surf arriving as light winds and dry weather continues