Ben Margiott joined the News 4 team as a reporter in May 2016, just a week after graduating college. He couldn't be more excited to begin his professional journalism career in a great outdoors area so close to his hometown!
Ben is a proud Arizona State Sun Devil and graduated from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with his bachelor's and master's degrees.
During his final semester in college, Ben reported for and anchored Cronkite News, the Cronkite School's award-winning evening newscast. He covered the fallout from Arizona's chaotic 2016 presidential preference election, protesters that chained themselves to vans blocking the roadway to a Donald Trump rally, and a small rural community suffering because of a nearby egg factory.
For his senior thesis project, he reported, filmed, and edited a 26-minute documentary exploring the current epidemic of high school baseball pitchers who need a reconstructive elbow surgery -- more commonly referred to as 'Tommy John' surgery.
Ben grew up in Elk Grove, a suburb just south of Sacramento, where he first fell in love with journalism; he was one of the founding members of his high school's morning broadcast.
On the weekend, you can find Ben exploring one of the area's countless hiking trails with his beautiful Siberian Husky Sedona. In the winter, you'll almost certainly spot him snowboarding deep in the trees at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows.
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