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Ben Smith

Former Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed; Former Media Columnist for The New York Times

Former Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed; Former Media Columnist for The New York Times

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Ben Smith Biography

Ben Smith is a media columnist for The New York Times, a position he has held since March 2020.

Smith served as BuzzFeed's Editor-in-Chief from January 2012 to January 2020. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing and expanding editorial coverage and producing original content for the first true social news organization. He is known for having built BuzzFeed news into a respected news organization that still featured its trademark lighter content.

Prior to BuzzFeed, Smith was a senior political writer for POLITICO from 2007 to 2011, where he wrote a daily blog that Time Magazine named as one of the "Five Essential Blogs in 2010."

In 2008, Smith covered the Democratic presidential primary, with a focus on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Before POLITICO, he wrote a column and a blog for the New York Daily News. He also started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, as well as the political site, Room Eight, after working as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun.

Smith has written for many leading publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The New York Post, The New Republic, Legal Affairs, Reason and In These Times.

Smith graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Linguistics. He was born and raised in Manhattan, and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

Ben Smith Videos

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    BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wants to take the company public one day, and Peretti and Editor in Chief Ben Smith said we should expect to see BuzzFeed...
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Ben Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ben Smith for your event is available upon request. Ben Smith generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mark Grimm, George Monbiot, David Weigel, Dan Flynn and Ari Berman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ben Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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