Ben Swann Biography
Benjamin Swann is an American television news anchor, investigative journalist, and political commentator. He is also the founder of the Truth in Media. He became a sports producer for TV, and later a news journalist and producer, and managing editor on network affiliates, FOX, and RT America of the Russian state-owned TV network RT.
Ben Swann Age
Ben Swann Family
Swann was raised in El Paso, Texas, where he was homeschooled with nine brothers and sisters. In 1993, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Brigham Young University, at the age of 15, and at 16, a master’s degree in History from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1994.
Ben Swann Wife
In 1999, he married his wife, Jasmine. They have five children together, who have been home-schooled by Jasmine. Swann lived in Portland, Oregon, where he was an assistant pastor at a Presbyterian church. Later after six or 18 months, he moved back to El Paso. He was ordained in 2000 at the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2001, he was hired as the youth minister for the Trinity-First United Methodist Church in El Paso.
Ben Swann Career
From a young age, his interest has been to be a church leader. At the age of 15, he became a youth pastor at his local Baptist Church in Canutillo in El Paso County, Texas. At the age of 19, he started preaching at revivals in Texas. Unable to find a position as a pastor in El Paso, he followed one of his brother’s suggestion to get a job in TV news. At that time, four of his brothers worked in television and three were news cameramen. He worked for a period of time for KDBC-TV and later in 1998, he moved to KFOX-TV to work as a news cameraman.
Swann returned to the Fox station KFOX in El Paso as a sports producer, after working in Portland, Oregon, as an assistant pastor for a while.
He then filmed, edited, and reported his own news and sports stories, he became a morning co-anchor and managing editor at the station. In 2008, he was an evening news anchor for the NBC affiliate KTSM-TV.
In 2005 and 2009, he won regional Emmy Awards as well as a national Edward R. Murrow Award in 2002 for his Continued Coverage of Alexandra Flores. During this period, he was an investigative journalist for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN News), writing about Mexico’s drug wars on the Texas border.
WXIX-TV in Cincinnati (FOX19)
In December 2010, he left El Paso to become an evening TV news presenter at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Fox affiliate WXIX-TV, co-anchoring with Tricia Macke. He got to produced a thrice-weekly news segment series entitled Reality Check shortly after joining the station which he described as investigating “issues other media is not looking at”.
The series reflected his libertarian views and his advocacy of Ron Paul’s positions. Swann’s Reality Check theme was Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, with his goal of providing fairer coverage for Paul than the conservative or liberal national press, including an episode about the racist “Ron Paul newsletters” which contradicted the findings of The New Republic columnist James Kirchick who broke the story.
In September 2012, one segment of his Reality Check, in particular, went viral and received a great deal of media attention. In it, he was able to obtain a 7-minute one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama while on an election campaign stop in Ohio – a rare opportunity for a local news reporter. Swann asked the President direct questions about the so-called presidential “kill list” which had been used to direct drone strikes against terrorism suspects, and the legality of the list including U.S. citizens, like Anwar al-Awlaki and teenage son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Obama responded evasively by saying news reports about the list have never been confirmed by him, despite prior confirmation of its existence by his administration staff, and misleadingly saying that drone strikes in Yemen would help bring U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan home sooner.
Several journalists and civil liberties watchdogs praised Swann’s fact-checking work on the segment, such as Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, Byron Tau of Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Swann broke several details about local officials at the Cincinnati IRS office involved in the IRS targeting controversy which was picked up in national news media and led to his making brief appearances on Fox News. In April 2013, he announced he would be leaving WXIX-TV Fox 19 at the end of May.
Truth in Media
He started a Facebook page called “Full Disclosure” while still working at WXIX-TV, where, according to Adweek, he asked, “questions about controversial subjects he says are ignored by the national media”. On October 23, 2012, Swann served as a panel member on a third-party presidential candidates debate hosted by Larry King in Chicago, Illinois, and broadcast on C-SPAN, Al Jazeera America, and online through the sponsorship of the Free & Equal Elections Foundation.
After leaving WXIX-TV, he started a social media channel called “Truth in Media” to continue production of his show Reality Check. His media channel was a collaboration with Republican Liberty Caucus and Joshua Cook. According to The Daily Beast, his Reality Check echoes talking points from media outlets such as RT and InfoWars that are rarely seen in more mainstream news media.
From May 2013 until June 2015, Swann appeared regularly on RT America in Washington, D.C. In 2014, for three months he hosted the Ben Swann Radio Show on the Republic Broadcasting Network that, according to progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America, is a far-right network which has aired holocaust denial and other antisemitic conspiracy theories.
WGCL-TV in Atlanta (CBS46)
In June 2015, Swann was hired by CBS affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Georgia where he revived his fact-checking segment under the title Reality Check With Ben Swann and was made part of the station’s new investigative unit.
In January 2017, he was suspended for running a story attempting to revive the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, in which he called for an “investigation” into the months-old false claims that a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant was hiding a child sex trafficking ring in its non-existent basement, citing anonymous Internet users as his sources; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that it appeared Swann had done no independent reporting on the topic.
Later he was reinstated after he took down his Truth in Media and Reality Check sites. He was fired on January 29, 2018, after the station learned that he had been trying to revive Truth in Media without their knowledge and permission.
Ben Swann Net Worth
Swann is One of the most talented, intimidating and astounding journalists. He is the founder of the Truth in Media. As of 2019, his net worth is still under review.