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
  • Great things are happening at Geraldine Elementary School

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala – One North Alabama teacher found her calling in a very special classroom. “When you see a teacher find their niche you say okay this exactly where she is supposed to be,” said Principal Cody Rowell. That place is Geraldine Elementary School and the teacher is LaBranda George. Mrs. George teaches the first grade and her students love her. “Students are always engaged.  She may be working with a small group here, but all the other students […]

  • Ridgecrest’s Jamie Wallace Wins $319 For Her Classroom

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Meet Jamie Wallace. Wallace teaches third grade at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Huntsville. “Her spirit is very warm and very compassionate,” said Principal Denine Matthews. “When it comes to her students, there are no limits what she would do for them.”   The nomination came from someone very special, Wallace’s mother. “My mom is my biggest cheerleader. She just encourages me every day,” said Wallace. As for her little ones, Wallace says, “If they can dream it, […]

  • Sharon Childress wins $319 in her final year at Claysville School

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The last stretch of a long and loving career in teaching deserves a celebration. Say hello to Sharon Childress. This is her final year teaching 2nd grade at Claysville School. According to the Principal, Childress has done so much to improve the school atmosphere and the students love her. “They light up when she is around. She has asked me several times not to do anything special for her. We will see what happens at the end […]

  • Sisterly Bond: Ashley Edwards wins $319 for her class at Woodville High School

    WOODVILLE, Ala. – Right in the heart of Jackson County is a teacher known for her genuine care of students. Ashley Edwards teaches first-grade at Woodville High School. Faculty members praise the dedication that Mrs. Edwards has for her students. “The number one thing I notice is her genuine care for the children. She has without a doubt their best interest at heart,” said Principal Jamie Darwin. The nomination comes from a faculty member very close to Mrs. Edwards, her […]

  • Jana Kennamer wins $319 for her 1st grade class at D.A.R.

    GRANT, Ala. – A  teacher from Grant has impacted young students for years. Say hello to D.A.R.’s Jana Kennamer. Kennamer has taught 1st grade for over two decades and has a classroom full of students ready to learn. The D.A.R.’s Principal has nothing but praise for the dedicated teacher. “Loves to teach – gets so much out of her kids on a daily basis. She just wants them to be smarter at the end of the day than when they […]

  • Johnson Elementary’s Ashley King wins $319 for her class

    Limestone County, Ala. –  Right down the road in Athens, there is a very special teacher dedicated to her student’s success. That’s Ashley King. She teaches science and math at Johnson Elementary in Limestone County. Principal Robbie Lauderdale says Mrs. King’s class has a little of everything. “Her classroom has flexible seating. It’s not a traditional classroom where students are seated at desks. They are always collaborating working on project-based learning group activities. She embraces the math and science she […]

  • Carol Fretwell wins $319 for her science class at Russellville Elementary

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – The students at Russellville Elementary aren’t afraid to tell you about the impact their science teacher has made on them. That’s Carol Fretwell. She teaches science at Russellville Elementary School. Principal Kristie Ezzell says it’s a close-knit class. “She is really good at establishing relationships with children,” said Ezzell. Ms. Fretwell speaks very highly of her science students. “I love teaching science and I have best students in the world,” said Fretwell.   For her students, […]

  • Cami Coker wins $319 for her class at Horizon Elementary

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – “She is one of our great teachers in the kindergarten area.” said Principal Rodney Richardson. Principal Richardson talks very fondly about Cami Coker and her ability to teach. You can find her at Horizon Elementary in Madison, Alabama. “She is very animated when it comes to getting kids to make a connection to the book she is reading in her classroom as well.” “She puts students first and her passion for learning I think she definitely […]

  • Tracy Bailey Wins $319 For Her Class At Madison County Elementary School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – When you walk into Tracy Bailey’s room at Madison County Elementary School things are a little different. “She has no traditional desks in her classroom, everything is flexible seating.” said Principal Amy Mason. And there is a good reason. “She is always looking for cute and innovative ways to kids excited about learning.” And it’s working! Mrs. Bailey is thankful for the recognition. “It`s really nice to be appreciated and be thought of that way. It`s […]

  • Pamella Berry Wins $319 For Her Library At Madison County Elementary School

    Madison County, Ala. – This is Pamella Berry, you can find her in the library at Madison County Elementary in Gurley. “Pam is a very vivacious person, she has a great personality.” said Principal Amy Mason. “I am thankful someone recognized those attributes in me as a person but those attributes also represent many of our colleagues that we have here.” said Berry. The message to her class? “To be responsible and manage their own education track meaning hey, do your […]

  • 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 […]

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