Ben de la Cruz is an award-winning documentary video producer and multimedia journalist. He joined NPR as the multimedia editor for the science desk in June 2012. In this role, he will serve as the visual architect for coverage of health, science, environment, energy, food and agriculture.
Ben began his career as a multimedia journalist at washingtonpost.com in January 2000. During his 12-year career there, he helped create the newspaper industry’s groundbreaking multimedia site, Camera Works. Along the way, he managed the dozen-person multimedia and video departments, overseeing feature and news reporting.
As the senior video journalist and producer, Ben’s series of 12 short documentaries about racial identity for the Being a Black Man project won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2007. The award marked the first time a newspaper won what is widely considered as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism. His work has also been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, three National Emmy Award nominations and a Scripps Howard Award for excellence in online reporting.
Ben is a sought-after speaker. He has led multimedia workshops and guest lectured at the Poynter Institute, University of California (Berkeley), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), University of Miami, National Press Photographers Association, Corcoran College of Art, Hong Kong Baptist University and Fudan University in Shanghai. China.
Prior to joining The Washington Post, Ben worked as an independent producer for public television, a print reporter covering the Internet industry, a freelance photography reviewer for Photo District News magazine. He has also co-produced and written songs released by Sony Music, Dischord and DCide Records.
Born in Manila, Ben lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.