Benjamin Wagner collects, develops and shares stories and strategies about transformation.

As a consultant and coach, author and speaker, filmmaker and musician, he leverages his thirty years of experience to help people and businesses transform themselves, and cultivate culture and community through storytelling.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally, to his tenure transforming MTV News, to his award-winning PBS documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me,” Benjamin's focus is our shared human experience.

He has designed immersive, in-person and virtual live events around the globe, including Facebook’s F8, News Days and Executive Summits, and led real-time, daily, breaking and on-location editorial initiatives for Elections, Oscar, Grammy and Video Music Awards.

Benjamin helped launch Facebook Media Central (the company’s first media partner center), Facebook Live and Paid Online Events.

He graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and was a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Benjamin Wagner collects, develops and shares stories and strategies about transformation.

As a consultant and coach, author and speaker, filmmaker and musician, he leverages his thirty years of experience to help people and businesses transform themselves, and cultivate culture and community through storytelling.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally, to his tenure transforming MTV News, to his award-winning PBS documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me,” Benjamin's focus is our shared human experience.

He has designed immersive, in-person and virtual live events around the globe, including Facebook’s F8, News Days and Executive Summits, and led real-time, daily, breaking and on-location editorial initiatives for Elections, Oscar, Grammy and Video Music Awards.

Benjamin helped launch Facebook Media Central (the company’s first media partner center), Facebook Live and Paid Online Events.

He graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and was a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Jun 16 2021

Áine Kerr: Discomfort Zones

When my colleague and dear friend Áine Kerr left Facebook to co-found her second startup, she left a note on my desk that read, “The future begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Áine grew up in Monaghan County Ireland, just shy of The Troubles, and just prior to The Celtic Tiger.  She began…
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Jun 9 2021

Bill Flangan: Listen Closely

Back in the day (2010 or so), there were two reasons why I sought to be promoted to SVP at MTV News: Business Class Travel (back and forth to LA in one, comfortable day!), and Bill Flanagan. Bill was a celebrated contributor to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Spy, before joining Musician, and ascending the…
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Jun 2 2021

Anna Sale: Radical Vulnerability

If you’ve ever driven across America, then you probably know just how big it really is. The state of Kansas alone is well over 400 miles across. And while it’s not as flat as as reported, it is a whole lotta nondescript prairie: grass and dirt and sky for miles. It is a landscape made…
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May 26 2021

Kara Golden: Connecting The Dots

Were it not for Hint CEO, Kara Goldin, I might not be here today.  The year was 2013. And work was beginning to smell weird. I’d helped transform MTV News from a revenue-neutral, broadcaster to a 24/7, digital first newsroom. But short form was getting shorter, and memes were replacing headlines. Worse, media was riding/boom…
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May 20 2021

The Belly Of An Insect

We are a Microwave Culture. We track time by weekends, holidays and life events. We love The Quick Fix, The Cliff Note, The New York Minute. We want immediate gratification, rapid appreciation, and hockey stick growth. Few things in the natural world, though, are actually immediate. Nature tends towards cycles (like tides), stalls and starts…
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May 12 2021

Negin Farsad: The Best Medicine

I first met Negin Farsad in the MTV Newsroom thirteen or so years ago. Negin was a writer on a wacky show called “Daily Detox” which, as I recall, was a bizarre daily news recap with a very healthy budget line for puppets and plush mascots. At the time, Chris and I were a bit…
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