I’m a journalist and publisher living in Tucson, Arizona, with my family. In March 2020, I founded The Portager, an online local news startup serving my hometown in Northeast Ohio. Our company has grown and now reaches over 8,000 subscribers.
But that’s not my only project. I’m also the English language editor at il manifesto, an Italian newspaper, and I’m a volunteer at Empowerment Avenue, helping incarcerated journalists get published. I’ve recently begun work as a researcher supporting workers movements.
In January 2018, I became an early employee at Proton, the Swiss tech firm behind Proton Mail, the largest encrypted email provider. During my first three years there, the service grew from five million users to over 40 million. As head of content, I oversaw all marketing and UI copy. In 2023, I rejoined Proton as an editor on their growing content team.
I have a diverse background. I speak Spanish, Italian and a bit of Portuguese. I began my career in newspapers, interning at The Boston Globe, The Columbus Dispatch and the (Mogantown, W.Va.) Dominion Post. I was a general assignment reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where I wrote about pretty much whatever was going on in Palm Beach County. And I was a politics and government reporter at the Naples Daily News in Florida, covering the statehouse in Tallahassee. Later, I moved to New York and freelanced for The New York Times, Newsweek, amNewYork and a variety of other publications, while cobbling together an income writing copy for real estate agents and tutoring a fashion designer’s assistant.
I have lived in Brazil, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Italy, England and Vietnam. I was a sub-editor at the Bangkok Post and founded an independent magazine called Latterly, which covered human rights and international politics. We published from 2014 until 2018, and the magazine is in the Library of Congress. I have consulted on articles and publications for UNHCR, Transparency International, Publish What You Pay and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.
My wife is a human rights attorney, and we have two kids. I’ve been to 31 countries. I like to read science fiction and political philosophy, study languages, wake surf, hike in the mountains, play chess and travel with my family.
You can reach me at ben at pm.me.