Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Lots of love & compassion in Mrs. Johnson’s class

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – In Sarah Johnson’s class, it’s all about the alphabet. She teaches kindergarten at Arab Primary  School in Marshall County. Assistant Principal Scott Sutton describes Mrs. Johnson’s classroom as being full of love and compassion. “She is very passionate about her job and very interactive with the kids. You can tell the relationship she has with her students. It’s a very nurturing and caring environment.” said Sutton. She was ecstatic about winning $319!  “Oh my goodness! We […]

  • Priceville’s Beth Walldorf: “The best teacher I have ever had in any subject”

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Let us paint a picture for you. Beth Walldorf teaches art at Priceville High School in Morgan County. Principal Mark Mason says students asked for more art classes and they got it. “Kids were just hungry for art so we went from Art 1 that first year to adding Art 2 and adding art 3.” said Mason. “And it’s not a regular classroom, it’s a team effort and unique to each individual.” Mrs. Walldorf couldn’t believe […]

  • Susan Holt has a true impact at Phil Campbell High School

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. — Susan Holt teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Phil Campbell High School in Franklin County. Principal Gary Odom said her classroom is an exciting place to learn. “She keeps the classroom lively I guess you know instead of being dull,” Odom said. For Mrs. Holt, the fact one of her students nominated her for Tools For Teachers makes the honor extra special. “I feel very honored by that apparently I impacted that person’s life in […]

  • Kelley Rigsby Sets A High Standard At Brookhill Elementary

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Some teachers just have it.  That includes Kelley Rigsby of Brookhill Elementary in Athens. “She is part of our instructional leadership team.  She stars in a lot of leadership roles in our school. She is a very extremely dedicated teacher that puts all of her kids including her two boys and all of her students at Brookhill not just her in her class but all 325 of our students first.” said Principal Jeff Mathheus. He says that […]

  • Some Reports Of Wind Damage Overnight And Early Monday Morning

    Morgan County, Ala. – Heavy rain and strong winds moved through the Tennessee Valley late Sunday night into Monday morning. Some reports of minor structural damage and trees down from Trinity to south Huntsville. We received this facebook message from Jean Merchant Cross in Trinity: Trees are down, some twisted.  Some structural damage to houses.  South Seneca Drive, Mason Drive and South Mountain Drive.  All I have seen is my son’s yard.  Huge tree down in backyard that hit their […]

  • Farley’s Beth Melton Is Everything You Could Ask For

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  Say hello to Beth Melton. Principal Towana Smith says Mrs. Melton is everything you could ask for in a teacher. “When you talk about Beth Melton you are talking about a phenomenal teacher. She is very flexible, she is a team player, she goes over and beyond the call of duty.” said Smith. “She makes sure her instruction is personalized and that`s exactly what the students need.” So, what should we expect when this tools for teachers winner […]

  • Emily Smith has her students’ attention at Pisgah High School

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala – It’s time to get a little froggy! Emily Smith teaches Science at Pisgah High School in Jackson County. Assistant Principal Whitney Smith says this educator wears quite a few hats. “She is a wonderful educator. She teaches our anatomy class, she teaches our biology class, she is in charge of our robotics team.  She is also the leader of our advocacy school program.” Whitney Smith is no only the assistant principal, but she’s also a previous […]

  • Tropical Storm Nate: Thursday’s outlook for a strengthening storm

    Tropical Storm Nate intensifies and heads for the Gulf of Mexico through the weekend; the storm likely ramps up enough to be classified as ‘Hurricane Nate’ by Saturday morning.  The National Hurricane Center’s forecast track is farther west now than it was Wednesday, so that means most of Alabama and Northwest Florida will be on the ‘meaner’ side of the system. So what does that mean to you? Before you continue reading, look at the time on this post. This […]

  • Geri Johnson Leads the Cheers At Wills Valley Elementary School

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Looking for a pick me up? Look no further than Geri Johnson. She teaches second grade at Wills Valley Elementary School in Fort Payne. It’s no secret teaching is a demanding job,  but Principal Sally Wheat says Mrs. Johnson has enough energy for everyone. “Gerri Johnson is a cheerleader; she is a cheerleader personality.  She rallies behind her kids to help them succeed in any way that she can. So I think she is going to […]

  • West Elementary’s Gayla Mills Loves Her Kids And Her Job

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. — Congratulations to Gayla Mills for winner Tools For Teachers! She teaches second grade at West Elementary School in Russellville. Principal Deanna Hollimon says Miss Mills’ class is an environment of encouragement. “Gayla is always very positive and she has a wonderful rapport with her students. You can tell they love her very much,” Hollimon said. “That’s an honor. My teachers are very hard working, dedicated individuals and to have one recognized like that, that says a lot […]

  • A 3-letter word makes a big difference in Katherine King’s classroom

    MADISON, Ala. – There is no shortage of energy at Rainbow Elementary School in Madison. Count Miss Katherine King’s 1st-grade class in on that fun. “Mrs. King is one of our first grade teachers; she is one of our veteran teachers. She has been here for many years she is one of our very enthusiastic positive teachers in the building. We’ve got a lot of them, but she definitely stands out among our teachers.” said Principal Brian Givens. She encourages […]

  • Tropical Depression #14 Forms In the Far East Atlantic

    From the National Hurricane Center:   At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC)Tropical Depression #14 Position: 10.7 North, longitude 25.4 West. Movement:  west-northwest near 22 mph (35 km/h). A slower westward motion is forecast to begin on Friday and Winds: 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Friday. Pressure: 1010 mb (29.83 inches).   The track takes the system to the west – […]