Ben is thrilled to begin his career in the Northland! "It's one of the few places in the country with four distinct seasons," says Ben. "The weather is so diverse here, it never gets old!"
Ben grew up on a lake in Chisago City, MN where his parents still live. His interest in weather came early. Family pictures show him standing outside during a hailstorm with an ice cream bucket on his head! During the summer, he would stand on the dock and watch storms approach--always waiting until the very last minute before running up toward the house. He also remembers trick-or-treating through knee-high snow during the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. And, on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout he, of course, earned a merit badge for Weather.
Ben joined the WDIO/WIRT weather team in December of 2010, and was excited to get to work doing what he loves--talking about the weather! Before joining WDIO, Ben interned in the meteorology department at KARE-11 in the Twin Cities and was the acting meteorologist for Experimental Aircraft Association Radio during the aviation show in Oshkosh, WI in 2009.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a Minor in Mass Communications from Saint Cloud State University in 2010. Soon after graduating, Ben spent two months living at a fly-In fishing camp in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Hundreds of miles from civilization, he was able to experience the ultimate outdoors with some of the best walleye and northern pike fishing in the world!
When he's not checking out the weather, Ben enjoys jamming on his acoustic guitar and traveling. He is a true outdoorsman as he loves hunting and fishing and always appreciates a place with a great view. And Ben always perks up whenever someone has a question about the weather. If you're curious about any unusual or interesting weather, just email him or call and he'd be happy to answer any questions.
You can contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.