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

Persistent showers overnight, drier by Monday afternoon

More morning showers, but afternoon sunshine expected

  Forecast: Drier conditions expected to return by Monday

  Forecast: More light trades and dry conditions, but more showers possible by the weekend

Light trades and still mostly dry, but more showers possible by weekend

  Forecast: Light trades and rainfall, but more showers may be ahead

Light trade winds, but still mostly dry

  Forecast: Light trade winds and sunshine for Monday

Lighter trades, with a chance of increased showers by midweek

  Forecast: Light trades, mostly dry for Sunday

Light trades, sunshine to close out the weekend

Trade winds tapping on the brakes

  Forecast: Very slight increase in showers for Labor Day

A slight increase in showers for the Labor Day holiday

  Forecast: Dry, locally breezy conditions for the holiday weekend

Locally breezy trades, mostly dry for the Labor Day weekend

  Big Island mayor: More restrictions possible if COVID-19 cases don’t drop

Dry weather, locally breezy trades for the holiday weekend

Red flag warning posted for weekend high fire risk

  Businesses fear they’ll have to pay back federal funding that kept them afloat

  Tucked away in a scrapbook for years, secretly-captured images show surrender ceremony

Churches, restaurants work to make sense of Oahu’s new rules on social gatherings

  Forecast: Dry and warm trade wind weather to dominate the week

Dry trade wind weather pattern for several more days

Red flag warning issued as weather presents higher fire risk

More warm and breezy trade winds ahead

  Forecast: More warm and breezy trade wind conditions ahead

Lawmakers tour expanded contact tracing operation at convention center

HGEA leader blasting state response to coronavirus

  Customers race, businesses brace ahead of Oahu’s second shutdown