DAY NEWSROOM: REPORTERS

Benjamin Kail

Energy/Environment, Waterford & Montville
b.kail@theday.com    @BenKail
Phone: (860) 701-4367

Benjamin Kail covers Montville, Waterford and Connecticut energy issues, including the Millstone Nuclear Power Station

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."

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