Catch Ben's forecast each weekday morning from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. on 7News Sunrise and weekdays on 7News at Noon.
Ben is proud to call Lake Charles home and enjoys the friendliness of the people and especially the delicious food SW Louisiana has to offer.
He grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi, a small rural town in the central part of the state and always had an interest in the weather.
In 2003, he transferred from Holmes Community College to Mississippi State University in Starkville to begin a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences with emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.
While studying at Mississippi State, he got to experience a couple of major weather events firsthand which included Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, both during his senior year.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2006, Ben's first on-air job was with the national weather syndication company, WeatherVision Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked for 5 years until coming to KPLC in April 2011.
Ben also provided radio weather reports for a group of stations in his hometown of Kosciusko before coming to KPLC. He will never forget being on the air for hours Saturday morning April 24, 2010 as an EF-4 tornado tracked across the central part of the state coming very close to his hometown and resulting in ten fatalities and 146 injuries making it Mississippi's ninth deadliest tornado since 1900. His live coverage of that event garnered a first place award from the Associated Press for Best Spot News Coverage in 2010.
Ben is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association on both the national and local levels. He was elected secretary and treasurer for the Southeast Texas / Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA in 2013.
Outside of his weather duties, Ben enjoys college football, especially Mississippi State University football, traveling to see friends and family, and cooking. He's also known to make a good pot of coffee according to John and Britney.
Ben volunteers during the summer as camp counselor at Camp Oasis in Meridian, Texas, a 4-day outdoor summer camp sponsored by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America for children and youth diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, two debilitating digestive diseases.
He is also very active in his local church, Trinity Baptist in Lake Charles, where he volunteers on the Media Production Ministry.