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
  • Live tracking of the severe weather impact from the storms that moved across Alabama

    Here is the latest forecast for Monday afternoon and evening across the Tennessee Valley. A very strong system is forecast to move across our area later Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible. The timing is from 2pm to 8pm this afternoon through the evening. Here is a look at futurecast: The entire Tennessee Valley is under an *enhanced risk* for severe thunderstorms later on today. What does this mean? The chances of severe […]

  • Donna Hutcheson is a ‘mama’ figure to her kids at Section High School

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Meet Donna Hutcheson. She teaches 2nd grade at Section High School. Principal Gene Roberts says her classroom is a home away from home for the kids. “I kind of take her as a mama bear,” says Roberts. “She very much takes care of her students in there and people knowing that and everything they like their kids to be in their class because she is like a mama figure to them and they know she is […]

  • Student nomination wins Russ Gant $319 at West Limestone High School

    LIMESTONE COUNTY,  Ala. – Russ Gant won $319 for his classroom! He teaches agriscience at West Limestone County High School. He has been there a long time; 24 years! Mr. Gant already has a few ideas of how to put the money to good use. “We can buy shop supplies, lumber and gas for our welders, welding wire and that kind of things. These students tend to well with hands on activities.” said Russ Gant. As for being nominated by one […]

  • Danica Phillips hopes to make a difference at Ider Elementary

    DeKalb County, Ala. – Let me introduce you to Danica Phillips. She teaches 6th grade reading and social studies at Ider Elementary in DeKalb County. Principal Wayne Lyles says in her classroom it’s all about the kids. “I think the students are her ultimate audience,” says Lyles. “That’s who she wants to earn the respect the most.” That respect was earned and noticed by student, Brylie Bowen. She nominated Mrs. Phillips for the Tools For Teachers Award. “I was talking to […]

  • Asbury’s Helen Partrick was excited to see Ben Smith & win $319 for her class

    Marshall County, Ala. – Let me introduce you to Helen Partrick. She teaches 6th grade English at Asbury High School in Albertville. We asked Principal Clay Webber how Mrs. Partrick would react to winning $319. “I think she is going to be surprised. I don’t know if she is going to be emotional or not, but I think she is going to be surprised. I don’t think she has a clue.” said Webber. He was right! “Something about teacher of the […]

  • Leon Sheffield’s Krishon Polk wins $319 for her classroom

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Welcome to Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary in Decatur, the academic home of this week’s Tools For Teachers winner Krishon Polk. Principal David Kross says if you need a boost, look no further than Mrs. Polk’s class. “Krishon has a great energy about her. She has a great personality and she really connects well with her students,” said Kross. “She does a lot of hands-on activities and a lot of activities that really get her kids motivated.” […]

  • Patricia Chandler making history come alive at Wilson School

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. — Meet. Patricia Chandler. She teaches history at Wilson School in Florence. Principal Gary Horton says Mrs. Chandler is just as active outside the classroom. “She is a yearbook sponsor. She sponsors our first priority club. She coaches our indoor track. She helps sponsors the junior prom,” he said In winning $319, Mrs. Chandler says her students are the ones who deserve the credit. “I don’t deserve this. The kids deserve it,” Mrs. Chandler said. “I love […]

  • Nelson Elementary’s Jane Hargrove Wins $319 For Her Classroom

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Say hello to Jane Hargrove. She teaches first grade at Nelson Elementary in Scottsboro. Principal Dale Hancock says Mrs. Hargrove brings experience and expertise to her class. “We are proud of all of our teachers, and Mrs Hargrove is a great example of the hard work our teachers put into this school. It’s about the people, and that’s what makes Nelson special.” said Hancock. Walking into Mrs. Hargrove’s class, I wasn’t there for a weather forecast, […]

  • This culinary arts teacher’s recipe for success helped her win $319!

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. — Denise Nunley has been teaching the culinary arts for quite some time at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville. Principal Garth Garris says there’s no arguing with this teacher’s recipe for success. “Just a positive attitude everyday, smiling face, loves the students, loves to be here, loves her job, loves this community,” Garris said. And the lessons learned in this class are just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. “It’s something they can take with them […]

  • Colder Temperatures Moving – Mixed Bag As Well

    We make the transition today. Colder air moves in along with a mixed bag of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. It’s important to pay close attention to the temperatures through the late morning and early afternoon as there will be a HUGE difference between the Shoals and Sand Mountain today. Some of us will be in the 30s, while others will be in the 60s at the same time!     Here is the winter weather advisory for most […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory: the latest on what to expect for Friday

    Huntsville International hit 68ºF at noon Thursday (the high was 70ºF); by noon tomorrow it could be as much as 35ºF to 40ºF colder behind a strong cold front and a round of rain. That colder air changes some of that rain to a wintry mix and some light snow as early as mid-morning in Northwest Alabama with a gradual change from rainy to wintry eastward through early afternoon. The Winter Weather Advisory is a relatively low-end winter weather statement; […]

  • Taylor Blevins Calling All the Shots At Central School

    Madison County, Ala. – Meet Taylor Blevins. He teaches social studies at Central School in Madison County. “Coach Blevins is a high-energy guy. He brings a lot of excitement to his classroom,” said Principal Alex Hudges. And he also brings something else to the classroom. “He uses the basketball goal as a tool.” How does a basketball goal help with the daily lesson plan? “He passes a basketball around to the students as they answer questions correctly they get to take shots […]