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: Lingering showers for the western end of the state

Lingering showers through Monday for some parts of the state

Flood advisory dropped for Oahu after heavy rain eases up

Trade winds backing off a little to begin the new week

  Forecast: Windward showers with lighter trade winds

  Forecast: Breezy trades, passing windward showers into the weekend

Locally breezy trades and passing showers heading into the weekend

  Warmer temps, above average rainfall predicted for upcoming wet season

  Hawaii County moves closer to ban its use of toxic herbicides and pesticides

Ema now a post-tropical remnant low west of the islands

  Forecast: Great outdoor weather for Discoverer’s Day holiday, more showers mid-week

Mostly dry trade wind weather, but more showers possible mid-week

  Forecast: Drier, more stable trade wind weather settling in

Trade winds breeze back in with drier, more stable conditions

Breezy trades, drier weather moving in for the weekend

Forecast: Breezy trades moving in as drenching rains retreat westward

City, YMCA sign agreement aimed at revitalizing Kamamalu Park

Flash flood watch issued for Oahu, Kauai; thunderstorms possible

  Much-needed expansion of Hawaii State Hospital ahead of schedule

  Forecast: Slight chance of more showers for Kauai and Oahu from weakening front

Weakening cold front may bring a few more showers for Kauai, Oahu

Mostly dry with light winds, but a front is nearing for Kauai

  Forecast: More passing showers, gusty trades through Friday

Gusty trades to bring more passing showers

  Forecast: Breezy trades, passing showers through the week

Passing showers hitching a ride on the breezy trades

  Forecast: Trade winds set to increase, bring more passing showers

Trade winds to bring passing windward showers

  Facing fine for illegal vacation rental, Airbnb host weighs her future

  More than a hundred turn out to support lawsuit to stop controversial park development in Waimanalo