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: Trade winds return, but it’s going to be a short stay

Trade winds are back, but the relief will be brief

  Forecast: Trades to make a gradual return, with a few passing showers

Trade winds to make a return for the middle of the week

  Forecast: Lighter winds, a few more windward showers to start the work week

Lighter southeast winds, light windward showers to begin the work week

Lots of sunshine for Father’s Day

  Forecast: Lots of sunshine, slightly smaller surf for Father’s Day

  Forecast: A few more Big Island showers, but otherwise lots of sunshine for the weekend

A few more showers for the Big Island, but otherwise lots of sunshine (and surf)

Trades to increase, with a few more Big Island showers for the weekend

  Forecast: Dry weather with light trades and rising surf

Dry trade wind weather, with a south swell on the way

Lots of sunshine, light to moderate trades dominate the week

Parades for Kamehameha Day, Pan-Pacific Festival make for busy weekend

  Forecast: Trade winds, more stable weather returning

Trade winds, more stable conditions returning

  Forecast: Still a chance for isolated downpours and maybe a thunderstorm or two

Still a slight chance for heavy showers and perhaps a thunderstorm or two

  Forecast: More showers, slight chance of thunderstorms ahead

Increased showers, slight chance of thunderstorms ahead

  Hurricane season is officially here. Take a look inside one of the ‘hurricane hunters’

Bruno, Cardi B and monster trucks: It was a banner year for Aloha Stadium (and its coffers)

  Forecast: Trade winds are back and could get locally breezy

Stronger trade winds to end the work week

  Forecast: Trade winds are making a comeback

Trade winds making their return

  Forecast: More muggy weather, but trade winds set to return

More heat and humidity, but trade winds on the way back

  Forecast: Another round of light winds, warm and muggy conditions