Ben Smith

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

  • Wet Sunday Ahead

    Posted on: 7:51 am, November 21, 2014, by

    At least our temperatures rebound through the weekend. Thursday was our ninth day in  a row with a high below...
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    Texas LA Rain
  • Milder Air Slowly Returning

    Posted on: 4:08 am, November 20, 2014, by

    It’s not as chilly this morning. Some cloud cover overnight helped us out. We are in the 30s and 40s...
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  • Record Cold Start – Milder Air Ahead

    Posted on: 4:20 am, November 19, 2014, by

    It is another cold start in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures are in the upper teens to lower 20s. We tied a...
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  • Tuesday Morning Snow

    Posted on: 8:15 am, November 18, 2014, by

    Some of us got a dusting of snow this morning. This was mainly across southern middle Tennessee in Moore and...
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    Olivia Hester Lynchburg
  • Very Cold Tuesday

    Posted on: 3:34 am, November 18, 2014, by

    Temperatures are in the lower to middle 20s this morning. We winds up to 15 mph, the wind chill factors...
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    Feels Like
  • Snow/Sleet Reports

    Posted on: 8:09 am, November 17, 2014, by , updated on: 09:21am, November 17, 2014

    We are getting a few snow/sleet reports in the Tennessee Valley this morning. It’s important to know this will be...
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    WHNT Earth Design
  • Turning Colder Again!

    Posted on: 2:35 am, November 17, 2014, by

    It’s a wet start to your Monday morning. Take your time heading into the work this morning. The rain could...
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    6hr DMA Satellite and Radar
  • Brutally Cold Start – Rain This Weekend

    Posted on: 4:03 am, November 14, 2014, by

    This weather pattern rivals the middle of winter in the Tennessee Valley. We start in the middle 20s, but that’s...
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    Feels Like
  • Get Used To It Being Cold

    Posted on: 4:14 am, November 13, 2014, by

    This pattern isn’t going anywhere. Most of the nation is the deep freeze and we are still over a month...
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  • Cloudy, Breezy, & Cold

    Posted on: 11:12 am, November 12, 2014, by

    What a difference a day makes! This time yesterday we had a mix of clouds and sun with temperatures in...
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