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

State senate panel defers decision on Aila nomination to helm DHHL

  Former ASU football coach Todd Graham says he’s ‘humbled’ to be hired as head coach at Hawaii

  Forecast: Mostly dry conditions, but trade winds to diminish by mid-week

Mostly dry this week, but trade winds to diminish

  Forecast: Breezy trades, cool temperatures and little in the way of rain

Mostly dry and cool with breezy trade winds expected

Breezy trade winds and mostly dry for the holiday weekend

  Veteran public school teachers could get a big one-time salary increase

  In face of opposition, BOE shelves plans to move Kaahumanu Elementary

  Forecast: Lots of clouds and locally windy, but generally drier

Cloudy and locally windy, but drier overall

  Big Island saw more than 2 1/2 feet of rain over the weekend

  Severe weather causes power outage affecting several schools, Hana Airport

City reverses course on controversial parking, fence plans in Waikiki

Maui, Big Island placed under flash flood watch as disturbance approaches

  Forecast: Still windy, and it could get wetter soon

Gusty winds continue, with wetter conditions on the horizon

Very windy week ahead

  Forecast: Very windy week ahead

  Forecast: Gradual drying trend, but strong trade winds continue

Drying trend, but gusty trades remaining

  Loved ones honor life of a woman killed in a New Year’s Day crash on Hawaii Island

Forecast: Wet and breezy start to the weekend

Wet and breezy start to the weekend

Headed into the water at Kealakekua Bay? You’ll need to wear reef-safe sunscreen

  A decade in, Oahu’s fireworks ban isn’t working. Now what?

Forecast: Mostly dry with light winds to start the new year, but changes just ahead

Mostly dry with lighter winds for the first day of 2020, but clouds and showers just ahead

Large northwest swell forecast to produce 40-foot surf on Kauai

It’s December, and Hawaii’s still setting record high temperatures