DAY NEWSROOM: REPORTERS
Reporter covering Montville, Waterford and Connecticut energy issues, including the Millstone Nuclear Power Station
Ben, a Ledyard High School graduate, is back in Connecticut and eager to cover the place where he grew up.
"The Day was my hometown paper when I was in high school," he said.
Ben attended UConn Avery Point for two years, then transferred to Northeastern University and graduated with a journalism degree in 2003. He briefly worked as an intern in The Day's sports department before a summer job at Best Buy led to an unintended career in retail.
But Ben has always thought of himself as a writer, he said.
After several years working at Best Buy and GameStop — with some novel-writing on the side — Ben decided to go back into journalism. He started covering city council meetings in East Providence and posting the stories on his own website as a way to get news-writing experience and show employers what he could do.
"I didn't have any clips," he said. "This was me trying to show online that I could produce news."
As a reporter for The Palladium Times in Oswego, New York, Ben wrote about a wide range of topics, including the struggle to keep a nuclear power plant there open, local political ethics complaints and a landlord accused of proposing sexual favors for rent reductions for decades.
Ben loves the variety that comes with working at a daily newspaper: exposing corruption one day, and highlighting the best parts of a community the next.
"If you have a chance to uncover or expose a wrongdoing, or help serve the public by being a watchdog while still being fair and accurate — that is win-win. Those are my favorite days. And then the next day you write a fun story that puts a smile on people's faces."
By Benjamin Kail