A seventh-generation Texan, Ben was born in Austin and raised in Marble Falls. After graduating from Abilene Christian University, he began his career in news at KTXS, the ABC affiliate in Abilene. From there, he came back to his old stomping grounds of Central Texas and has been at KXAN since 2007. During that time, he’s covered both Fort Hood shootings, the Michael Morton story, the Rodney Reed request for a retrial and numerous cold cases. He’s shot and edited documentaries dealing with law enforcement, mental health and Texas mass shootings. He also produced award-winning features about the lives and culture of rural Hill Country residents. Since becoming KXAN’s investigative photographer in 2014, he’s been honored with Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, Lone Star Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Walter Cronkite Awards for Political Television Journalism and the Alfred I. duPont Award. When he’s not shooting and editing the next story, he’s usually reading history or adventure, cooking, writing historical articles or taking pictures of his beautiful home state.
Ben left KXAN in November 2021.