Ben chronicled chaos and calm for newspapers in his beloved homestate of Florida before joining The AJC in August 2016. As a reporter, Ben is interested in how governments work — and the people/structures that make governments fail. Don't assume he knows something and is choosing not to report on it, instead send him an email. Ben could use your help making sense of this confusing world, and without your help will default to a mix of seeking context and eating too many boiled peanuts. Ben's strongest opinions revolve around food, comedy and music. You can find most of what you need to know about Ben in his first two CD purchases: The 2002 Spider-Man soundtrack and T.I.'s sophomore album "Trap Muzik" in 2003.