Ben Swann

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Ben Swann
BornBenjamin Swann
(1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 35)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Alma materBrigham Young University
California State University
OccupationJournalist
TelevisionWXIX-TV (2010–2013)
KTSM-TV
KFOX-TV
Website
Official website
 
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Ben Swann
BornBenjamin Swann
(1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 35)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Alma materBrigham Young University
California State University
OccupationJournalist
TelevisionWXIX-TV (2010–2013)
KTSM-TV
KFOX-TV
Website
Official website

Benjamin "Ben" Swann (born July 17, 1978) is an American journalist. He had worked in New Mexico, Texas and Ohio.[1] While at WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, he produced a fact-checking series entitled Reality Check, which gave him national coverage for his reporting about controversial issues. Swann announced he was leaving WXIX-TV on May 31, 2013,[2] and on May 30, 2013, he said he would launch a crowdsource funded "Truth in Media Project" to continue production of his show Full Disclosure through a Chicago production team.[3]

Education[edit]

Swann was home schooled and earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Brigham Young University in 1993, at the age of 15, along with a Masters in History from California State University in 1994, at the age of 16.[4]

Career[edit]

Swann has won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2004 and an Lone Star Emmy Award in 2005, as well as journalism awards in New Mexico.[5][6][7][8]

Early in his career, he was bureau chief in Las Cruces, New Mexico.[4]

Swann worked for 11 years in the television market in El Paso, Texas. He first worked at KFOX-TV as an anchor, reporter, managing editor and photographer.[4][8] He then moved to KTSM-TV, the NBC affiliate, where he anchored the evening news for three years and became one of the top names in the market.[8][9]

He left El Paso to become a TV news presenter at Cincinnati's Fox 19 Evening News at Six and Fox 19 Ten O'Clock News with Tricia Macke,[10] During the 2 and one-half years Swann was part of the news team at Fox 19, it consistently placed second in ratings in the Cincinnati market.[2]

Swann served as a panel member on a 2012 3rd party candidates forum hosted by Larry King.[11]

Reality Check[edit]

In addition to anchoring, Swann conducts investigative reports and covers "undercovered" issues. Several of his reports for his segment "Reality Check", which is also available on YouTube, were controversial. He reported on a theory that more than one shooter may have been behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[12][13] Before that his piece alleging bias in the media's coverage of Ron Paul's presidential campaign[14] and the Ron Paul newsletter controversy had already drawn national attention.[15][16] Also writing for CBN News, he focused on Mexico's drug wars on the Texas border.[8][17]

On April 9, 2013, Swann announced he was leaving Cincinnati on May 31, 2013.[2][18][19]

Awards[edit]

Swann had won multiple awards for his journalism while working as a TV anchor and reporter for local television affiliates. In addition, he has won other awards where he placed second place or won local awards, which are not listed here:[1]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ben Swann: KFOX Morning News Anchor/Reporter". KFOX. January 24, 2006. Retrieved 2013-05-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Kiesewetter, John (May 24, 2013). "A shakeup in exits by Swann, Janson?: Anchors' departures may reshape viewing habits". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Ben Swann on his new venture, leaving Fox 19 and his favorite stories". Cincinnati.com. May 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Meet Ben Swann, New Fox19 Anchor". Cincinnati.com. December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Outstanding New Segment: Breaking News/Single Story". 2005 Lone Star Emmy Awardees. Lone Star Chapter of the NATAS. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "News Special". 2009 Lone Star Emmy Nominations. Lone Star Chapter of the NATAS. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ben Swann". Fox19. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d Seay, Roger. "FOX19 names Ben Swann as new co-anchor". FOX 19 News. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  9. ^ NPT Staff (February 8, 2008). "Media Watch: Swann Flies to a New Station". Newpaper Tree. El Paso, TX: EPmediagroup.com. [dead link]
  10. ^ Gauthier, Andrew (December 13, 2010). "In Cincinnati, Multi-Talented Anchor Prepares for WXIX Debut". TVSpy (WebMediaBrands). Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Harper, Jennifer (October 19, 2012). "Inside the Beltway: Third Party Goes Forth". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 4, 2013 (from HighBeam Research). 
  12. ^ "Media Buzz: Former KTSM anchor Ben Swann taking heat for viral Sandy Hook video". El Paso Times. January 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  13. ^ Lopez, Ralph. "Fox newsman Ben Swann questions 'lone wolf' story in shootings". digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  14. ^ Blankenship, Mat (2013). Meet Ron Paul: a Biography. Xlibris. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-4797-9894-0. 
  15. ^ Wemple, Erik (January 19, 2012). "Cincinnati anchor does deep on Paul campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 3, 2013. "'Reality Check' ’s probing of national political issues is working for Fox 19.... [The stories] consistently fill out four of the top five traffic-generators for the Fox 19 site." 
  16. ^ Gauthier, Andrew (January 20, 2012). "Cincinnati Anchor Gains National Following with Ron Paul 'Reality Check's". TVSpy. WebMediaBrands. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ Swann, Ben (July 30, 2010). "Pastors Take Godly Approach on Border Violence". CBN News: World. The Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ben Swann Leaving Fox 19 Announcement". April 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  19. ^ Santilli, Pete (2013-04-12). "Episode #393: Ben Swann Poised To Dominate Alternative Media". Pete Santilli Show. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 

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