Ben’s Resume

EDUCATION
Yale University, New Haven, CT (2003-2007)
B.A. cum laude, distinction in History
Coursework inc English, Political Science, Anthropology, Portuguese, French, etc.
Winner of Jonathan Edwards Master’s Prize for leadership in residential college life and community-building.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme, CT (1999-2003)
Salutatorian, Yale Book Award, Graves Memorial Scholar

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Writer and Editor  (1997-present)
Publish in Smithsonian, Saveur, Playboy, GQ, MSN Money, Yankee, Studio 360, Health.com, Tasting Table, Riffin.com; creator and author of daily food site, http://www.pennypalate.com; wrote semi-weekly posts from Southern Africa for Discovery Channel Online; wrote, designed and co-edited Temptations humor magazine.

Freelance Editorial Assistant, Saveur (January 2009-April 2009)
Write front-of-book pages, sidebars, profiles, and internet features; research upcoming features; fact-check articles from first proof through final; coordinate contributions and art submissions from chefs, freelancers, publicists.

Head Writer, Duff Young Foundation (April 2008-present)
Write the Foundation’s third world town development plan; chronicle the planning and building of its first town in Liberia; incite and engage in forum dialogue; interview development experts and solicit their contribution and criticism.

Editorial Intern, Playboy Magazine (September 2007-April 2008 )
Wrote articles, music and book reviews for the Playboy blog, wrote feature intros, product reviews, Q&As, contributor page and display copy for the magazine, researched and edited articles and features, conducted interviews.

Production Intern, Public Radio International’s Studio 360 (September 2007-January 2008 )
Produced show segments, researched, prepped, and performed interviews, cut and edited audio with Pro Tools, pitched and developed stories, created promos, publicized weekly broadcasts, and edited web content for Kurt Andersen’s Peabody Award-winning, nationally syndicated radio show about art, culture, and creativity.

Lewis Perry Curtis Fellowship (2006-2007)
Won a $3,000 Fellowship to fund my independent research project on Confederate immigrants to Brazil after the American Civil War. Visited communities of Confederate descendants and conducted interviews in English and Portuguese; performed extensive research in Brazilian archives and libraries; produced thesis with results.

Teaching Assistant, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (2007)
Taught Creative Non-Fiction Writing, a class examining style and technique in features reporting in all fields.

Research Assistant, Icon Films, Bristol, UK (2004)
Researched upcoming documentary series; assisted in filming sequences; logged tape; acted as liaison between Icon and multiple secondary production companies; prepared advertising reports; performed routine clerical work.

SKILLS
Technology: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy; Pro Tools; Microsoft Office; Blog platforms.
Language: Intermediate Portuguese, French and Spanish

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