Ben Gelber is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who forecasts the weather for NBC4 each weekend at 6 and 11 p.m., and a science and environmental reporter three days each week.
Ben was awarded an Emmy for Best Weather Anchor (2007) and has received several Emmy nominations.
He earned honorable mention for Ohio’s AP Best Regularly Scheduled Weathercast (2003), and first place for Outstanding Weather Operation (2000) with his Storm Team 4 colleagues.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, and a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University. He was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval (1981), and inducted in the East Stroudsburg (Pennsylvania) High School Meritorious Hall of Fame (2004).
Ben was already a practicing meteorologist in the third grade, giving daily morning classroom forecasts. He constructed a weather station during his high school years, commencing a lengthy data set in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in 1970, with the help of his parents, who maintained records that are part of the NOAA Climatic Data Center archives.
Ben has published several state weather history books, numerous articles in meteorological journals and newspapers, and an op-ed essay for the New York Times, entitled “Ben Franklin on Global Warming.”
Ben was designated as a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service in Columbus, after a rain gauge and temperature shelter were installed at the NBC4 in 1996-97. He routinely volunteers with the Weather Service and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security during the annual Spring Storm Spotter Training sessions at the OSU Fawcett Center.
Ben is an adjunct instructor of meteorology at Columbus State Community College, and a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University in climate science. He frequently visits schools in Central Ohio to give weather presentations. He has served as a weather consultant for motion picture companies filming in the region, major outdoor events, and government agencies requiring forecasts for winter storm maintenance.
In 2010, Ben founded a community music outreach ensemble specializing in klezmer melodies—Friday Night Live Music–that brings historical music to seniors, universities and cultural arts programs throughout the year. He is the keyboardist and performs several of his piano compositions in local concerts.
Ben enjoys giving community weather talks and teaching seminars, judging science fairs, and moderating science panels on subjects ranging from air quality to climate change.
He volunteers with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, based on personal experience, and introduces programs that promote health education and awareness, receiving several community service awards, including recognition from the Buddy Up Tennis program that serves youngsters with Down syndrome.
Ben and his wife, Michelle, reside in Hilliard, OH, and have three sons–Justin, Joshua and Jordan.