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

‘Sanctuary’ of military base shattered in wake of shooting

  After hours of testimony, sweeping single-use plastics ban gets council approval

Wind advisory posted for Lanai, canceled for rest of state

Surf declining, but a high surf advisory remains in effect

  Forecast: Still breezy, a bit showery to start the new work week

Back to work with slightly slower winds, lower surf

Gusty trades, with more showers expected

  Forecast: Windy, with windward showers

  Weeks before New Year’s Eve, illegal aerial fireworks light up the sky over Oahu

Hang on to your hats! A windy weekend ahead

Forecast: Locally windy weather moves in for the weekend

Forecast: Trade winds returning for Thanksgiving Day

  Got an offer to be a ‘secret shopper’ at Whole Foods? It’s too good to be true

Flash flood watch posted for Kauai, Niihau as cold front approaches

A ‘near normal’ hurricane season wraps up in the Central Pacific

  Forecast: Lighter trade winds ahead of more possible wet weather

Trade winds to weaken ahead of another round of wet weather

Surf declining for north and west shores, but advisory still up for east-facing beaches

  Forecast: Winds, showers start to ease up, but more rain around midweek

Fewer showers and easing trades to start the week

Forecast: Wet and windy, with a slight chance of thunderstorms

Gusty winds, possible downpours and maybe a rumble or two

  Janet Jackson explains why the TMT protest is part of her Hawaii concerts

  With rail almost ready to roll, Kapolei wonders how much development is too much

  Short-staffed and overcrowded. And for the state’s largest jail, that’s just the start

  Conditions start to settle overnight after waves of wild weather

  Thieves steal nearly all of late Hawaiian music legend’s guitars

Flood advisory canceled for Windward Oahu; flash flood watch still posted

High surf advisory extended for most north shores

Hawaii remains under flash flood watch