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

Wet and windy weather for the weekend

  Forecast: More gusty trades and windward showers ahead

Breezy to locally windy trades keep blowing

  Forecast: Breezy trade winds strengthening with more windward showers

Breezy trade winds to strengthen with a few more showers

  Forecast: Strong trade winds to dominate the week

Breezy trades picking up speed by midweek

Drier, breezier trade winds to start the week

  Forecast: Gradually improving weather for the weekend

Improving conditions for the weekend

  Rains ease on Kauai after a day of torrential downpours

  Forecast: More downpours possible, but conditions to improve over weekend

Locally heavy downpours still possible to end the week

Flash flood watch expanded to most of the state ahead of nearby disturbance

  Forecast: More heavy rain for Kauai, with wet trade wind conditions elsewhere

Heavy showers still possible for Kauai, with wet trade wind weather moving in statewide

  Forecast: Front to bring heavy rain to Kauai, with scattered showers elsewhere

Cold front to usher in a stretch of soggy conditions

  Forecast: Approaching front to increase threat of showers

Increasing chance of rain as front nears

  Forecast: Light winds, more showers as a cold front nears

Light winds and more showers ahead of approaching front

  Forecast: Lighter winds, more clouds, showers moving in

Shifting winds, higher chance for showers for the weekend

Warning level surf expected for north, west shores

  Forecast: Trade winds to slow and shift heading into the weekend

Trade winds to shift, with a slight increase in showers

  Forecast: Mostly dry conditions with moderate trade winds

Mostly dry trade winds settle in over the islands

  Forecast: Trade wind weather returning