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

  • Colder Friday – Mild Weekend

    Posted on: 3:59 am, November 28, 2014, by

    Bundle up for early morning shopping in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures start in the upper 20s to lower 30 this...
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  • Breezy & Chilly Thanksgiving

    Posted on: 4:05 am, November 27, 2014, by

    Happy Thanksgiving from WHNT News 19! We have a slight risk of a few flurries or sprinkles this morning. There...
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  • Small Chance Rain Today – Cooler Thanksgiving

    Posted on: 4:20 am, November 26, 2014, by , updated on: 04:21am, November 26, 2014

    Things look good this morning as moisture exits the region. If you are hitting the road, no travel problems are...
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    Thanksgiving Travel Forecast 2
  • Quiet Thanksgiving Week Forecast

    Posted on: 3:54 am, November 25, 2014, by

    As we head toward Thanksgiving, the forecast looks good across the Tennessee Valley. Cooler air returns, but nothing like we...
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    Futurecast RPM 12km Temps DMA 50hr
  • Windy Monday

    Posted on: 10:57 am, November 24, 2014, by

    You might see a surprise when you get home this afternoon. Your trash can might be tipped over or better...
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  • Breezy Monday

    Posted on: 4:12 am, November 24, 2014, by

    After a windy and soggy Sunday, rain chances decrease as we approach Thanksgiving. Today is one of the those where...
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    DMA Wind Speeds
  • 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