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

  Forecast: The trade winds and heat are staying, with south shore surf on the rise

Trade winds to stay, but so will the heat, along with a big south swell

  Double check your route: TheBus rolls out some changes

  Forecast: Increasing trades to bring some relief from the heat

Trade winds strengthening, but relief from the heat will be be brief

  Forecast: Trades still too light to help beat the heat

Light trades, more heat with some afternoon clouds and showers

  Forecast: Light trades, warm temperatures and some afternoon clouds

Light trades continue with some afternoon clouds

  Demonstration at ‘Turtle Beach’ underscores tensions between residents, tour buses

  Forecast: More muggy weather, mainly for Kauai and Oahu

More muggy weather for the western half of the state

  Forecast: Still muggy as Flossie’s remnants move farther away

Still a bit muggy, but some relief on the horizon

  Flossie now a remnant low as it passes north of Hawaiian Islands

Erick weakens to a tropical depression as it moves away from Hawaii

  Threat of severe weather isn’t stopping TMT opponents from standing their ground

  Forecast: Hurricane Erick to pass south, but rain, surf and winds to increase

Effects from Hurricane Erick to include more rain into weekend, with Flossie early next week

  Forecast: Increasing wind, showers ahead of Erick and Flossie

Trade wind weather continues as Erick, Flossie approach

  Forecast: Summertime trade wind weather ahead of tropical cyclones

Trade wind conditions ahead of tropical cyclone Erick’s possible effects

  WWII fallen at Punchbowl eulogized by high school students who learned about them

  Astronomers at existing Mauna Kea telescopes frustrated as research is delayed by TMT conflict

  Forecast: Mostly dry and hot trade wind weather ahead

Mostly dry and hot trade wind weather continues

  Forecast: More stable trade wind weather returning

Fewer clouds, increasing trade winds ahead

  Forecast: Lots of clouds, but fewer showers from departing disturbance