Benjamin "Ben" Swann (born July 17, 1978) is an Americanjournalist. He had worked in New Mexico, Texas and Ohio. 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, 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.
Early in his career, he was bureau chief in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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. 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.
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, 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.
Swann served as a panel member on a 2012 3rd party candidates forum hosted by Larry King.
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. Before that his piece alleging bias in the media's coverage of Ron Paul's presidential campaign and the Ron Paul newsletter controversy had already drawn national attention. Also writing for CBN News, he focused on Mexico's drug wars on the Texas border.
On April 9, 2013, Swann announced he was leaving Cincinnati on May 31, 2013.
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:
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, National Award & Regional Award: Continuing Coverage for "Alexandra Flores"
New Mexico Associated Press, Breaking News for "Windstorm!"
Southern New Mexico Press Club, News Reporting
Southern New Mexico Press Club, Sports Reporting
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, Regional Award: Breaking News for "Flash Floods: Tragedy and Heroism"
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, Station/Breaking News for "Flash Floods: Tragedy and Heroism"
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, Continuing Coverage for "Brianna Lopez"
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, Regional Award: Continuing Coverage for "507th Maintenance Company"
Lone Star Emmy Awards, Breaking News for "RV Fire"
^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."