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

  Plaques for fallen officers, agent installed at Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial

  ‘Golden Week’ comes and goes as Japan visitors face COVID hurdles when traveling to Hawaii

  Forecast: No letup in the breezy trade winds

No letup in the trade winds

  Forecast: Breezy trades and passing showers to dominate the week’s weather

Springtime trade wind weather pattern continues

  Forecast: Trade wind conditions to dominate the week

Trade wind weather to dominate the week

  Forecast: Trade winds for Mother’s Day and beyond

Trade wind conditions for Mother’s Day and beyond

Trade wind conditions for Mother’s Day weekend

  Stuck in their cars, soccer parents call on city to allow them to watch play from field

  Mayor tells Chinatown he’s got a big ‘to do’ list for the area

  Forecast: Decreasing trade winds, increasing chance of showers ahead

Decreasing winds, increasing chance of showers on the way

  HPD releases audio of 911 call that led to fatal police shooting of 29-year-old man in Nuuanu

  Forecast: Breezy trades to lighten up soon

Breezy trades to slow down again soon

Breezy trade winds, a few windward showers for the weekend

  Gov. Ige says no changes to Hawaii’s mask mandate anytime soon despite vaccine rollout

  In McCully, memorial at site of fatal police shooting draws mourners around the clock

  Lawmakers approve funds needed for red light enforcement camera program to move ahead

  Forecast: Light winds, afternoon showers to start the work week

Light winds and afternoon showers ahead

  Forecast: Locally breezy trades about to drop off

Breezy trades about to slow down

  Ige joins other governors in calling for new CDC guidance to help cruises resume operations

  Tougher penalties could be on the way for extreme DUI convictions

  HPD defends decision to withhold body cam video of police shooting that left 16-year-old dead

  Forecast: Lighter winds taking over with increasing showers