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
  • Highlands Elementary’s Rose Mary Lambert wins $319 for her classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – “She’s phenomenal in kindergarten. She is awesome in every way. She’s very popular with students, parents, and the other teachers.” said Principal Amber Hall. That praise belongs to Rose Mary Lambert. She teaches kindergarten at Highlands Elementary in Huntsville. She was excited to see us and win $319! “Oh wow! I don`t know what to say but thank you!” said Lambert. Who wrote in? How about the reading coach, Jill Estes. She saw us in the hallway […]

  • Creekside’s Angie Johnson wins $319 – Student’s grandmother credits teacher for his success

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. -“I teared up because it just warmed my heart,” said Creekside Elementary School Principal Matt Scott when he found out Angie Johnson won our Tools For Teachers Award. “Mrs. Johnson is a loving teacher, she is a very motivated teacher, she is so encouraging to her students, they love to come to her classroom each day. Mrs. Johnson always greets them with a big smile and a loving heart.” said Scott. Linda Kinlaw wrote in because of […]

  • Crestline’s Nona Livingston is “an angel on earth”

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – “Mrs. Livingston is one of our rock stars in 3rd grade,” said Principal Karissa Lang. “She works really hard to make sure every kid is learning and every kid has what they need. She just goes above and beyond all the time. She is so patient and she is so kind.” Nona Livingston teaches at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle. She wants a great experience for her kids from start to finish. “Come to school, enjoy their day, have […]

  • MLK’s Jessica Lanier Wins $319 For Her Classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Say hello to Jessica Lanier. She teaches second grade at MLK Elementary in Huntsville. Inside her classroom there is activity, and plenty of it. “Whenever you are in her classroom all the kids are actively engaged in learning,” said Principal Karen Melillo. “She has stations throughout her room and she is always up and moving around and making sure the students are doing what the students need to do and make sure their learning is where it […]

  • Amanda Howse thankful to win $319 for her classroom at Brindlee Mountain Primary

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala – There is a reason to celebrate at Brindlee Mountain Primary. That’s because of Kindergarten teacher, Amanda Howse. “All of our teachers do an excellent job but it gives you sense of fulfillment as an administrator that one of your teachers is recognized by someone in the community for doing an excellent job in the role that they fulfill.” said Principal Terry Allen. I asked Mr. Allen how she would react in winning $319. “She is going […]

  • Melanie Oliver wins Tools for Teachers award thanks to her best friend

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – “She’s not a teacher that is going to sit behind her desk. She is going to be up with the kids, she is going to be on top of the desk, she will do whatever it takes to keep their attention. Instills love for education in all of our kids.” said Principal Robert Sims. He speaks about Melanie Oliver. She teaches 6th-grade language arts at Evans Elementary in Albertville. “She is very involved in her community […]

  • Tharptown’s Beth Wilson wins $319 for her classroom

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala.- Meet Beth Wilson. She teaches 5th-grade Reading at Tharptown Elementary in Russellville. Mrs. Wilson inspires student involvement. “She goes a great job of encouraging the students to think and to speak and to share, ask questions on their aspect. Opposed to her just guiding everything and lecturing. So she gets the students involved a great deal.” said Principal Kelby Daniel. “I am shocked I am stunned. I was not expecting that at all. I thought I was […]

  • Arab Primary’s Dawn Jennings wins $319 for her classroom

    ARAB, Ala – Dawn Jennings teaches first grade at Arab Primary. In her class, her kids get rewarded for kindness. “It’s a wonderful positive way to reinforce good behavior with her kids,” said Principal Dr. Keith. And that way comes in one word. “She has a board in her classroom that spells out the word respect, and each time her children get a compliment for positive behavior they get to turn a letter around to spell the word RESPECT.” And […]

  • Collins Intermediate’s Tracy Wallingsford wins $319 for her classroom

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. –  “She is a great example of the hard work of what we do on a daily basis,” said Collins Intermediate School Principal Dale Hancock. He’s talking about Tracy Wallingsford. “She exemplifies the rest of the staff. It’s a hard-working group.” Mrs. Wallingsford teaches 6th grade at Collins Intermediate in Scottsboro. “She is an innovative teacher. She is always looking for ways to improve her practices. She instills confidence in the students.” said Hancock. In Mrs. Wallingsford class, […]

  • Ben Davis’ Jacqueline McGrady Defines Perseverance – Wins $319

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Jacqueline McGrady is this week’s Tools For Teachers winner! McGrady teaches second grade at Ben Davis Elementary in Decatur. It’s more than a story, it’s a journey. A journey about commitment, dedication, perseverance, and love overcoming obstacles. “It’s those country values you don’t find every day in a teacher, and just so filling to see a teacher who gives it their all each and every day despite what she is going through,” said Principal Dr. Hanson. […]

  • The talented Rico Williams wins $319 for his class at Madison Crossroads

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Rico Williams teaches 5th grade at Madison Crossroads.“He is phenomenal. He is the heartbeat of our staff. He has great energy. Kids love him. He is very passionate about his profession, very passionate about the kids. He just does a great job for us.” said Assistant Principal Adam Walker. “Love walking in his room because they are excited they are involved they are engaged there is great inaction between him and the kids. It’s just an […]

  • Lauderdale County High School’s Haleigh Woodard wins $319 for her classroom

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Haleigh Woodard is this week’sTools For Teachers winner. Woodard teaches 4th grade at Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville. “It shows the dedication, it shows the commitment, and the skill level she is working at. Be in your second year and to be pinned with this honor,” said Assistant Principal Casey Tate. Mr. Tate is no stranger to the award.  He won our Tools For Teachers award in 2012 while teaching 8th-grade science. “It was a […]