Ben leads the station’s programming and editorial departments. He’s had that role since December of 2014.
Ben is responsible for our news and talk operations, our digital editorial team, our programming department, national programming initiatives including our podcasts, and content development.
Prior to that, he was a producer and reporter with This American Life. During his half decade at the show, his work, reporting and production was decorated with a number of awards including a Peabody, a Dart Award, a DuPont, a Scripps Howard, two Third Coast Awards for best documentary, and a James Beard Award for a story about pork bung. At one time or another, Ben has done work for Radiolab, NPR, Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Takeaway, and lots of other shows.
Ben started his career in WBEZ’s newsroom – where he spent eight years writing news, running newscasts, producing and reporting. He spent several years covering politics for the station during a period of time when Barack Obama made his way to the presidency and Rod Blagojevich made his way to prison. During that time, he also created and managed a number of major multimedia documentary projects at the station. There has been only one time in his entire career when Ben thought he might not want to spend his life making radio. That was in 2009, when he quit radio to work as an apprentice in the brew house of Six Point Brewery – which he loved, but left to join This American Life.
Ben lives with his two kids, and his wife Catrin Einhorn, a multimedia journalist with The New York Times.