Ben Pollock, 2012-14 director of online media
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Ben’s day job is a news copy editor/page designer for the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — a night-and-weekend job, actually. “Like many members, my column writing always had been a sideline. Mainly as a side to being a copy, metro, editorial page and wire editor,” he says.
He was 2010-12 president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Ben created a website after his last column ended — along with his downsizing as editorial page editor — in 2001. He soon added a blog, Brick, at benpollock.com/brick. Most of Ben’s columns have been humor and general interest pieces. The exception was his 1986-98 stint at the Democrat-Gazette doing the daily, non-bylined, front-page column “In the News,” where each of the eight-12 items is a complete wire story, reduced to a single sentence. The history of “newsers” cannot be reduced to one sentence,” Ben says.
He has a bachelor’s in communication and American studies from Stanford University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.