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
  • Post-landfall Barry producing heavy rainfall over Louisiana, Mississippi

    Barry strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning around 10AM, then weakened back to tropical storm status quickly after making landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana just before 1PM Saturday afternoon. Although Barry was only a hurricane for a few hours, it was still the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season. You can see the latest track the moment it is updated by the National Hurricane Center, see satellite and radar imagery of the developing storm, and keep an […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm WATCH in effect through Thursday morning; strong to severe storms may produce damaging winds overnight, early Thursday

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for much of north Alabama and south Tennessee. The “Watch” means that weather conditions are favorable for severe storms to occur — in this case, storms that are strong enough to produce damaging wind gusts that could knock down trees and power lines. The Storm Prediction Center has much of the region under a *MARGINAL RISK* of severe thunderstorms overnight through early Thursday morning. The main threat will be damaging winds.   Here […]

  • Rain & Storms To Impact Super Regional Baseball Games This Weekend

    The NCAA Baseball Super Regionals get underway Friday morning with East Carolina and Louisville at 11am central time. The Auburn Tigers are on the road against North Carolina on Saturday at 11am central time. Multiple SEC teams are in action including Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt.  The bottom line is that rain will likely impact every single game across the southeast from Friday through the weekend. Expect delays before and during most games coming up.  Here is […]

  • Tera Saaristo wins $319 for her classroom at Mill Creek Elementary

    MADISON, Ala – This Madison County teacher knows family goes hand-in-hand with learning. Tera Saaristo is a first-grade teacher at Mill Creek Elementary School in Madison. Her colleagues say she was born to teach.  “What she`s doing is working and she is in the perfect profession she is doing what she has been called to do,” said Assistant Principal Nathan Wilson. The principal describes Saaristo as an asset to the school ‘family’. “She is an amazing person and we are […]

  • Kelly Babler’s math class wins $319 at East Limestone

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala – This teacher in Limestone County makes learning math fun! Kelly Babler teaches 7th-grade math at East Limestone High School and her colleagues say she’s a very hard worker. “One of our hardest working teachers we have in the school,” said Assistant Principal Clint Legg. Mrs. Babler is described as a teacher that really cares about modern education. “She is always making sure the kids are on the task on point really shows she cares about them. […]

  • Storm threat waning for Tennessee Valley, stronger storms possible for east Alabama

    If your weekend plans involve being outdoors today, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather and have Live Alert 19 handy; a secondary wave of heavy rain showers are moving through and will continue to do so for the rest of Saturday evening. Although forecast guidance indicated that severe weather was possible for north Alabama this afternoon and evening, the atmosphere remained more stable — or less favorable for thunderstorms — and the severe weather threat is waning […]

  • Nicole White wins $319 for her class at Highland Rim in Lincoln County

    LINCOLN COUNTY, TN – Right across the Alabama-Tennessee line is a teacher who rocks, according to her students. Nicole White is a 3rd-grade teacher at Highland Rim in Lincoln County. The principal and staff say Ms. White is a delightful asset to the classroom. “In the room, she’s magical.  She is top notch. If there is a rock star in teaching at Highland Rim she is right there as one of those rock stars,” said Principal Billy Owens. The students […]

  • Emily Harris wins $319 for her chemistry class at James Clemens High School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – This first year teacher helps to make those ‘light bulb moments’ really happen when it comes to Chemistry. Emily Harris is a chemistry teacher at James Clemens High School and her colleagues think she is an excellent addition to the teaching staff. “Makes us feel good here at James Clemens makes that we did a good job when we hired her,” said Principal Dr. Brian Clayton. The principal says her students are very responsive to her […]

  • Traci Cherry wins $319 for her classroom at Brookhill Elementary

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – This Athens teacher has a big passion for her students and an even bigger smile. Traci Cherry has the attitude and aptitude that makes for the perfect a recipe for success, according to her faculty members. “The energy is always high, from the kids and it starts with the teacher. She comes in positive every day with a smile on her face. She builds relationships with every child because she wants to see every child in […]

  • Melanie Kelso wins $319 for her Pre-K class in Lincoln County

    LINCOLN COUNTY, TN. – Right across the Alabama-Tennessee state line is a teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. Melanie Kelso is a Pre-K teacher at Stone Bridge Academic Center in Fayetteville. Fellow faculty members say everything Mrs. Kelso does is for her students. They say she is a hard worker. “She is very energetic, she goes above and beyond doing things for the kids. It`s all about the kids in her classroom,” said Lincoln County Pre-K Coordinator Kathy […]

  • Math student nominates Falkville High School’s Samantha Riddle

    Morgan County, Ala. – It is not a puzzle that this teacher was nominated. Meet Samantha Riddle, she is the 10th-grade math teacher at Falkville High School. The Principal claims she makes a huge impact on what happens at the school. “We have a lot of great things going on here and Miss Riddle is a prime example of what we have going on here at Falkville.” said Principal Dennis Morris. The faculty says her teaching ways really stands out. […]

  • Shelly Spain wins $319 for her classroom at Douglas Middle School

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Down the road in Marshall County is a teacher dedicated to helping her student learn skills that will make them successful in life. Shelly Spain teaches at Douglas Middle School and the school’s principal had several compliments for the dedicated teacher. “She knows all the bells and whistles to get the best she can get out of her children because she has a connection with them,” said Principal Sarah Mitchell. Shelly Spain prepares her kids for […]

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