Ben McMillan started storm chasing during his high school years growing up in Pella, Iowa and it has stuck with him ever since. Focusing on a career in public service, Ben has worked in law enforcement, for several hospitals, and currently works in the Fire/EMS system in Phoenix, Arizona.
After witnessing the many severe storms growing up in rural Iowa, Ben chose to combine his interests of public service and weather by becoming a professional storm chaser. While enrolled at Iowa State University, Ben worked for the campus police department and co-founded Iowa State’s student news program “Newswatch 18” frequently contributing weather videos to the show.
In 2008, Ben tracked and witnessed Iowa’s last EF-5 tornado, the strongest type of tornado that can be recorded by scientists.
Ben was credited as being one of the initial storm spotters that tracked the storm, and helped alert the town of Parkersburg a tornado was coming its way.
Ben worked for KCCI television in Des Moines before joining the WeatherNation team, and has been featured in several Emmy-nominated and/or Emmy winning news stories. Ben was also honored by companies such as Ford and Red Bull in their portrayal of people making a difference in their communities through service-oriented jobs.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family in Arizona, their horse and several dogs. Ben is also an aviation enthusiast who hopes to someday get his pilot’s license, and loves being in the great outdoors.
Q&A with Ben McMillan
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