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
  • Jayne Russell teaching students about the importance of the environment, wins $319!

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Time to grab your paddle. This week’s winner takes learning outside the classroom. Mike Roden, the executive director of Water Works, shared what he hopes the kids get out the experience. “We want these kids to understand that they have a role as an individual and our society collectively to be better stewards of our resources.” “[We] want them not only to enjoy this but we want them in the outdoors.” says Roden. “So many of our […]

  • We found Brewer Mitchell! She won $319 for her class at Athens Intermediate

    Limestone County, Ala. – This week’s winner from Athens Intermediate: Brewer Mitchell. She was more than grateful to win $319! “It truly made my day and I wish I knew who that student was because I am so appreciative,” said Mitchell. “It truly almost bought me to tears because I was so thankful.” We had some trouble finding her on the first day. “At first when they were trying to get in touch with me, I was kind of panicked. Because […]

  • Betty Esslinger brings joy to Scottsboro High School for over four decades

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala – Say hello to Betty Essingler, affectionately known as Mama E. “Mrs. Essligner is the closest thing to being Scottsboro High School that we all know. She has been teaching here for 47 years,” said Principal Brad Dudley. Her efforts extend beyond the classroom. “She sponsors the prom for us, she has been a cheerleader sponsor for us, she teaches AP Lit classes for us.” Thank goodness Mrs. Esslinger settled in Scottsboro. It almost didn’t happen. “My […]

  • Dr. Carl Davis is making sweet music at Decatur High School

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala — “Overall one of the most popular people on this campus. Just does a tremendous job for us,” said Principal Dr. Johnny Berry of Dr. Carl Davis. Dr. Carl Davis is the choral music director at Decatur High School. Principal Berry credits Dr. Davis for this program’s success. “Our choral music department is one of our flagship programs,” Berry said. “With Dr. Davis there are things that have been outstanding for years with him on our campus. […]

  • Wind, Rain, & Power Outages Overnight

    It was an active Sunday and Sunday night in the Tennessee Valley. Though there were no official severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings for our viewing audience, the wind and rain left a mark. Huntsville International Airport had a peak wind gust over 49 mph where Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals had a gust to 40 mph. Those winds knocked down trees and power lines across many parts of the Tennessee Valley on Sunday night. Here are a few […]

  • The compliments keep coming for Mollie Talton at Asbury Elementary

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala — We’d like to introduce you to Captain Mollie Talton! It’s smooth sailing for this second-grade teacher at Asbury Elementary in Marshall County. Assistant Principal Jessie Vassar says she is second to none. “She is one of our best second-grade teachers,” Vassar said. “She has a knack for really connecting with the kids and building that relationship and they really love her and she does a great job at it.” It was hard for Mrs. Talton to […]

  • Charity Motquin brings out the talent at Cedar Hill Elementary – Wins $319

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – There are several rising stars at Cedar Hill Elementary in Ardmore. Why you ask? It’s because of Charity Motquin. And according to Assistant Principal Kelly Lewter, they’re highly skilled. “She started a talent show for students which is a lot of fun for students and the teachers as well we enjoying seeing the students you know get to show their talents. Talents we don`t normally to maybe see,” said Lewter. And talented they are! From cheerleading, […]

  • Gema Sieh teaches Spanish speaking students English – Wins $319

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Gema Sieh is a teacher at Highland Rim in Lincoln County, Tenn. Principal Billy Owens spells out exactly what Sieh does, “She teaches students that English is their second language. Their home language is Spanish.” Owens calls Sieh one of a kind. “She is a very unique individual. One of the first people I heard about when I got to Highland Rim, which was in July, was Mrs. Sieh.” He goes on to explain, “She speaks […]

  • Jamie Emerson’s class is the place to be at Tanner High School

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Meet Jamie Emerson. She teaches Language Arts at Tanner High School in Limestone County. Assistant Principal Debbie Kenyon had nothing but a glowing report on Mrs. Emerson. “She’s dynamic, she is engaging. Her kids come in and she is engaging them from the moment they walk in the door until they leave encouraging them to always do their best. She is one of our best teachers here at the school.” said Keynon. And her classroom has a […]

  • 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 […]