Ben Cathey is an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist at WVLT News. You can see his forecasts weekdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. along with Saturdays on WVLT News.
Ben is thrilled to return to his East Tennessee and mountain roots. His grandfather grew up in Etowah, went to University of Tennessee, and worked for Alcoa for decades.
Not only has Ben been awarded three Emmys, he's also a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, something only a few hundred people around the world can claim. You’ll also see him focus on real-world climate change impacts.
While many news crews like to run from the rain, Ben relishes chasing weather in the field. If there are bad conditions like blizzards, hurricanes, historic floods or heat waves, you’ll find him out in the elements.
Ben came to WVLT News from sister station WTVG in Toledo, Ohio, where he delivered the forecasts for five years. Before that, Ben worked in the largest (land) TV market in America! While in Sioux Falls he worked the “Ironman” shift. Ben was part of a team that won a 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast. He also tracked 43 inches of snow and an EF-4 tornado on the same day. Prior to that, he worked in West Texas at KWES.
His interest in weather was piqued by hurricanes that slammed his hometown in North Carolina. There’s even an embarrassing photo from third grade career day complete with an umbrella hat.
Ben graduated from the University of Miami with Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism majors. Before leaving Coral Gables with double honors, Ben saved the lives of two baby ducks with a colander and Ethernet cable. He was tapped into both Alpha Epsilon Rho and Chi Epsilon Pi honor societies and mentored for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
When he is not tracking storms with his rat terrier Bolt, Ben loves to read, rock climb, and solve puzzles. He is accepting challenges in trivia as well as any story ideas you have, big or small.