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Benjamin has been writing since his first gig as a fifteen-year-old stringer for the local Suburban & Wayne Times. He was managing editor of The Conestoga Spoke, and contributor to The Syracuse Daily Orange.

Since graduating from Syracuse University with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing (This Boys Life author, Tobias Wolff, led his Senior Workshop), Benjamin has been published in Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, MTV News, Mental Floss, and Swing Magazine on topics ranging from politics to pop culture.

He has interviewed Bono, The Edge, Neil Young, Michael Stipe, Reid Hoffman, Shepard Fairey, Douglas Coupland, Cameron Crowe, Michael Penn, David Gray, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco, Matthew Sweet, and Paul Thomas Anderson, amongst others.

Benjamin contributed to the collection, "2 Do Before I Die," and wrote the award-winning PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me (2012) and forthcoming Friends & Neighbors (2024).

Benjamin began blogging in 2000, and continues regular weekly updates via his .

He is currently writing a memoir expected in 2024.

Dec 5 2023

Shari Scorca: Lightning In A Bottle

In 1998, Shari Scorca was in the final days of her MTV News internship and her senior year at NYU, when she nabbed a pair of tickets to the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC. A freak lightning strike critically injured fans, stopped the performances cold, and pressed Shari into action. “I ended up in…
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Nov 29 2023

Nina Justman: The Moonman Cometh

From 1988 to 2003, Nina Justman was the MTV News’ first line of defense and offense.  As Assignment Editor, she pitched reps for artist access, and took the heat when they didn’t like the story. She talked artists onto the red carpet, and begged them off. “Nobody did a red carpet like we did,” she…
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Nov 21 2023

Doug Herzog: Hall Of Famer

Interviewing Doug Herzog about MTV News is a little like talking with The Pope about the Pieta; it’s just a tiny sliver of his massive scope. At one point in his four decades of broadcasting innovation, Doug oversaw MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, TVLand, Spike and Logo – in addition to previous stints at Fox and…
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