Benjamin Broze

Benjamin Broze

Digital Content Producer

Ben grew up in North Mankato, MN, and started at KEYC News 12 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 a 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 5k’s and 10k’s. He looks forward to racing at the Mankato Marathon in the fall.

Finally, he loves to spend time with family and friends, which is a great part of living and working in his hometown.

Hometown -- North Mankato, Minnesota

Alma Mater -- Southwest Minnesota State University

-- 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.

Education:

  • Southwest Minnesota State University

Recent Articles by Benjamin

  Open Arts Minnesota creates artistic opportunities for people of diverse abilities

  MSU Mankato hosts “The Opioid Fix” Documentary screening on Jan. 29

  Wooden Spoon works with local farmers to create unique meals and treats

  Early voting begins in Minnesota

  Minnesota DNR postpones Candlelight Hike at Rice Lake State Park; more events to come at state parks

  KEYC News 12 This Morning visits Mt. Kato for skiing; learning the ropes before hitting the slopes

  GMG partners with Regional Economic Development Alliance to promote the community

  News comedy shows, music, and theater coming soon to the Fairmont Opera House

  Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Tournament honors a child’s hockey dreams and raises funds for cancer research

  Organizers excited for more snow ahead of Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival

  Tips for tax season from Tindal & Associates

  Friends turn their passion for cars into their own business with Kato Detail Bros

  School counselors and psychologists work together to identify and help students with mental illness

Waseca police investigating bomb threat at Junior/Senior High School

  New Ulm offers lots of activities for the winter in town and at Flandrau State Park

  Cherry Creek Inc. support culinary students with Taste of Winter

  Pick of the Litter - Steely Dan

  Woman charged after crash that killed 85-year-old Gaylord man

  Spider Veins: what they are and how to treat them

  Business Network International offers referrals and networking opportunities

CenturyLink to pay nearly $9M in Minnesota overcharge case

  Best Buy shows off Google Home and Amazon Echo

  Sweet Financial offers advice on setting your financial goals for the new year

  Local chef fulfills lifelong dream and shares passion through new diner

  Patrick Casey from Knutson+Casey nominated for Attorney of the Year

  Find activities for the whole family at Gibbon Winterfest

  Navigating students’ personal development through social and emotional learning

  All-Star Nutrition offers fitness challenge for greater Mankato area with “New Year, New You”

  10th Annual PLRAC/McKnight Grantee Exhibit opens this week

Two teens arrested for starting fire at Walmart in Hutchinson