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

  Experts: Don’t forget your mental health in a stay-at-home environment

  Entrepreneurs launch website to collect data, provide info on coronvirus in Hawaii

  Despite being shut in by virus, cast of Hawaii musical reunites for video performance

  Amid pandemic, veterinarians turn to drive-up service and even telemedicine

Winds easing ahead of possible rain and thunderstorms

High surf advisory up for south, east shores

  Wind advisory posted for gusty northeast trade winds

  Lingering storm system continues to bring drenching rains to the state

  Organizers cancel Merrie Monarch Festival, citing ongoing coronavirus fears

  Aiming for answers, community members meet with state leaders over COVID-19 concerns

Wind advisory canceled for parts of Maui County, Big Island as trades ease

Trade winds slowing down to start the work week

  Forecast: Winds decreasing with the new work week

  Forecast: Trade winds still on the breezy side, but slowing a little

Trades still breezy with some passing showers

Forecast: Gusty weekend ahead with possible warning-level winds

Gusty weekend ahead, warning-level winds possible

  Forecast: Wind, rain to start diminishing Monday

Trade winds, showers to diminish as work week begins

  Forecast: Wet and windy weekend ahead

Windy and occasionally very wet for the weekend.

Wind advisory issued statewide, possible snowfall on summits

Most north shores placed under high surf warning

  Forecast: Trades returning, then becoming gusty through the week

Trades returning, then picking up speed through the week

  Minimum wage hike bill advances, but critics say it’s still not enough

Trade winds declining into the weekend

  Forecast: Slightly lighter winds, windward showers to end the work week

Wind advisories issued for most of state

  Forecast: Breezy trades, with gusty conditions and more showers possible midweek