Ben Gelber

Ben Gelber is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who forecasts the weather for NBC4 regularly each weekend at 6, 7 and 11 p.m. and during the week, and a science and environmental reporter.

Ben earned first place for Best Weathercast by the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (2022). He was awarded an Emmy for Best Weather Anchor (2007) and has received several Emmy nominations. Ben has also received Ohio AP honors for Best Regularly Scheduled Weathercast and Outstanding Weather Operation (2000).

Ben has published several state weather history books, numerous articles in meteorological journals and newspapers, and an op-ed essay in the New York Times entitled “Ben Franklin on Global Warming.”

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 was inducted in the East Stroudsburg (Pennsylvania) High School Meritorious Hall of Fame (2004).

Ben is an adjunct instructor of meteorology at The Ohio State University and previously at Columbus State Community College in climate science. He frequently visits schools in Central Ohio to give weather presentations and has served as consultant for motion picture companies filming in the region, major outdoor events, including Red, White & Boom!, and government agencies requiring forecasts for winter storm maintenance.

Ben was already a student meteorologist in the third grade, giving daily morning classroom forecasts. He constructed a backyard weather station during his high school years, commencing a lengthy dataset in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in 1970, with the help of his parents, who maintained records that are now part of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information archives.

Ben was designated as a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service in Columbus, with the installation of an 8-inch rain gauge and temperature shelter at the NBC4 in 1996. He routinely volunteers with the NWS and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency & Homeland Security during the annual Spring Storm Spotter Training sessions at the Ohio State University Fawcett Center.

In 2010, Ben founded a community music outreach ensemble — Friday Night Live Music — that brings historical music to universities, and cultural arts programs, and seniors. He is the keyboardist and performs several of his own 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, and has received several community awards that include recognition from the Buddy Up Tennis program, which provides tennis and life instruction for youngsters with Down syndrome.

Ben and his wife, Michelle, reside in Hilliard, OH, and have three sons–Justin, Joshua, and Jordan.

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