Ben grew up in North Mankato, MN, and started at KEYC in July 2019 and is a Digital Content Producer. Ben graduated from Mankato West High School in 2015. He competed in cross-country and track & field, played percussion in the school band, acted and competed on the speech team, and many, many more activities while in high school. Ben continued to compete as a distance runner in college at Southwest Minnesota State University. He ran for the Mustangs as an NCAA DII student-athlete all four years of his collegiate career and also worked in the Admissions Office as a tour guide. During the summers in college, he interned at GreenSeam, the Office of Gov. Mark Dayton, and the Office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar. He majored in Professional Writing and Communication with a minor in Political Science, graduating in 2019.
In his free time, Ben likes visiting the local coffee shops, reading, writing, and playing video games. His favorite shows include Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime and movies like The Social Network. He’s still an avid runner and races on weekends at local 5Ks and 10Ks. He looks forward to racing at the Mankato Marathon every fall.
Finally, he loves to spend time with family and friends, which is a great part of living and working in his hometown.
North Mankato, Minnesota
• What's your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting folks in the community and helping with morning and midday shows. What’s fun is that we’ll have guests who I or my parents know.
• What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Growing up I wanted to be a social studies teacher like my dad. However, during my senior year, I got interested in government and politics and since then I’ve wanted to find a job that supports the community.
• What got you interested in (news, sports, weather)?
Working in a newsroom and responding to current events fits well into my political interests, and sharing stories from the Mankato area is a great way to support the community.
• What's your favorite candy?
I love Frooties. They remind me of parades and trips up to Nisswa when I was little. Whenever I go back there I always stop at the Chocolate Ox and buy a pound of them to take home with me.
• Favorite Book?
My favorite book is a comic called Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. It’s about an aspiring writer who works at a local newspaper writing obituaries. The book is a great story of life, death, and the importance of family.
• What's your favorite season?
Fall is my favorite season. The scenery is beautiful with the changing colors, and for many years I competed in cross-country, my favorite sport, which takes place in the fall.
• If you could spend a week anywhere, where would you go?
I would travel across France and follow the Tour de France. My dad and I have watched it since I was little and it’d be awesome to see the winners finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
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