BEN HENSCHEL

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Prairie Village, KS
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2019-20 Kansas Student Journalist of the Year (KSPA)
         International Journalist of the Year Runner-Up (YJI)
         National Journalist of the Year Runner-Up (NSPA)
         Kansas Writer of the Year  (KSPA)

A photo of a colleague (left) and I (right) anchoring a football game. Our live broadcast format allows us to promote and livestream sports games with our own coverage. 

A photo from an interview I had with Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Fulton. The conversation revolved around the teacher contract negotiations that the district had been in for nearly a year.

Before I knew I could write, I knew I was bored. I picked up a staff application on a whim the night before it was due. That little slip of paper unlocked a hidden itch for pursuing tough, big-picture stories. I've learned to keep busy, find flaws in myself to correct and focus most on the impact I have on those around me. 

I've aimed my journalistic efforts at topics that bring social issues to the forefront, at stories that incite change in meaningful ways and at the less conventional experience of the American high schooler.

I've worked as a student journalist on The Harbinger for two years in variety of ways — in-depth and local news reporting, live sports production, sports anchoring, video production and podcasting among them. The experience I've gained from these efforts has profoundly shaped the way I see and attempt to impact the world around me.

 

Along with journalism, I'm curating an iOS application on Washington, D.C. tourism, running a lawn mowing business, managing a multi-writer commentary blog and providing college essay tutoring services. 

 

While this website showcases much of “my” work product, I owe tremendous thanks to so many members of the Harbinger staff. From the editors, designers and staff artists, to the photographers and videographers — no one person is ever truly responsible for a final product.

 

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