Ben has covered many important stories such as Super Bowl XLII, historic flooding in the Midwest and Hurricane Gustav in 2008, the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as the massive tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. Ben also continuously covers the topics of education reform and the housing market.
Before joining the network Ben was a reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, where he was a member of the station's investigative team, covering many major stories, including the methamphetamine epidemic and the collapse of the 35W bridge. During that time he also was a contributor to the Saturday Early Show on CBS, to which he brought his signature "Good Question" segment, started at WCCO-TV, to a national audience. Ben also reported for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on the collapse of the 35W bridge in Minneapolis and flooding in southern Minnesota.
Before joining WCCO-TV, Ben worked as a reporter at WISN-TV Milwaukee and WBAY-TV Green Bay, Wis. He is the recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for broadcast news as well as five Emmy Awards.
While a student at Marquette, Ben studied at the Les Aspin Center in Washington and interned in the White House Press Office during President Clinton's administration.
Ben was born in St. Paul, Minn. where his parents, two brothers and his sister still live. His sister Kaitlin also graduated from Marquette. Ben is an avid runner and cyclist. He has run three marathons and raised money for AIDS treatment and prevention by riding his bike 550 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
He is a member of the Marquette University President's Society.