Ben Bowman is a reporter who cut his teeth at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and in Jackson, Mississippi.
But the desire to be back home and tell stories that matter to Michigan residents brought Ben to WNEM in March 2014.
Previously, Ben covered local and national stories from the South, to the Midwest and in Washington, D.C.
From the White House pressroom, Ben helped break news of General David Petraeus' extramarital affair. During the 2012 presidential and midterm elections, Ben provided political coverage for WJLA News Channel 8.
Before his career in journalism, Ben taught elementary school on Chicago's West Side where he increased the number of students earning a "meets or exceeds expectations" on state standardized tests by 100 percent.
Ben spent five years working in state government and political campaigns.
As a policy analyst, Ben reviewed the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Illinois consumers and insurers.
Ben worked on Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee's campaign staff and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. during his bid for the U.S. Senate.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ben earned his master's degree from Northwestern University as a Blonston Scholar and a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University on a full academic scholarship.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing with his German Shepherd, discussing politics and meeting new people.