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: More wet weather, maybe even some t-storms, ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

High surf advisory extended for east-facing shores

More showers, maybe even some thunderstorms, ahead of Thanksgiving

  Forecast: Gusty trade winds bringing more showers, rough surf

More strong winds, showers and rough high surf ahead

Gusty, wet weather for the weekend

Wind advisory posted for parts of Maui County, Hawaii island as trade winds increase

  Family, fiancee remember former Hawaii soldier killed in helicopter crash

  Forecast: Returning trade winds, with more showers ahead

Trade winds returning, with more showers midweek

Weather service cancels windward Oahu flood advisory

Let it snow! Big Island summits get an overnight dusting

  Forecast: Trade winds take a pause with a chance for heavier showers

Increasing chance of rain as trade winds take a pause

  Businesses look for leeway in city’s tiered reopening system

Wind advisory extended for parts of Maui County, Big Island

  Thieves steal big blue mail collection box from Moiliili post office

  Post-arrival testing finds few COVID-19 cases among trans-Pacific travelers

East shores remain under a high surf advisory through Friday

  Forecast: Stronger winds, more showers ahead

Possible windy week ahead

  Forecast: Trade winds, showers to increase soon

Trade winds, showers to increase soon

  Forecast: More downpours possible for Kauai with southeast winds

More showers for Kauai with southeast winds, but trades returning soon

  Forecast: More showers, lighter southeast winds on the way

Lighter southeast winds, more showers ahead for Kauai, Oahu

  Forecast: Trade winds for Election Day -- then a brief break

Trade winds return, but not for long

  Forecast: Trade winds making their long-awaited return