Ben anchors WALB First News at 5:00 as well as WALB News Ten at 6:00 and 11:00. He also serves as our nightside Executive Producer.
Ben was born in Americus and lived in several towns in the WALB viewing area, including Blakely and Moultrie, where he graduated from Colquitt County High School.
He received a Communication Arts degree with a minor in English from Georgia Southern University where he currently serves as the chairman of the Multimedia Communication Advisory Board.
Shortly after college, Ben came to WALB as a general assignment reporter. He quickly became our weekend anchor and then a primary weekday anchor. He helped lead our coverage of the flood of 1994 and covered the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
After working as an anchor and reporter at WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee and producing nationally-syndicated consumer news stories for a company in Atlanta, Ben returned to WALB in late 2001.
Ben has won dozens of state, regional, and national broadcast journalism awards. In 2010, he became the first Albany journalist to win an Emmy when he was named Outstanding News Anchor by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He won an Emmy for Outstanding News Special the following year for his role in "Coastal Crisis," a live broadcast from the coast on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His other awards include Best News Reporter/Anchor from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association and Best Male Anchor from the National Academy of Television Journalists.
Ben has volunteered for numerous charities through the years. He currently delivers Meals on Wheels and serves on the board of the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross.
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