Ben Gutierrez

Ben Gutierrez

Weather Anchor/News Reporter

Honolulu, HI

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

Board of Education holds off on approving plan to reopen public school campuses

  Public schools identify which teaching models they’ll use come fall

  Forecast: Locally breezy trade wind weather ahead

Breezy trade winds on the horizon

  Forecast: Lighter winds, higher chance of showers holding for the weekend

More showers, lighter winds hold for the holiday weekend

Showery, muggy weather moves in for the 4th of July

  Revelers head to beaches to celebrate a very different July Fourth

  July 4 during a pandemic: Events are canceled, but beaches won’t be empty

  Forecast: Lighter winds start the Independence Day holiday week

Lighter trade winds starting the week as south swell holds

  Forecast: Lighter trades, higher surf ahead

Lighter winds, higher surf ahead

Surf’s up again soon! High surf advisory issued for south shores

  Damien’s new head of school hoping to steady a campus in tumult

  Lieutenant governor expects big jump in visitor numbers after testing allows skipping quarantine

  Forecast: More showers to start the work week

More active showers for Kauai and Oahu to start the work week

  Forecast: Trade wind weather and a south swell for Father’s day

Mother Nature keeps the trade winds blowing for Father’s Day

Summer begins with moderate trade winds, more windward showers

  Hawaii one of the few states that doesn’t officially recognize Juneteenth. There’s a push to change that

  Children of crash victim remember a loving dad who was always there for them

  Forecast: A few more showers hitching a ride on the trade winds

Slight increase in showers as the trade winds continue

  Forecast: More breezy trades to dominate the week

More trade wind weather conditions dominating the week

  Forecast: Trade winds easing up, but still locally breezy

Locally breezy trades slowly easing

No tsunami threat after 6.6 magnitude quake shakes Japan