Ben Smith NYT, Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Salary, and Net Worth

Ben Smith Biography and Wiki

Ben Smith (Full names Benjamin Eli Smith) is an American journalist, reporter, and media columnist. Currently, he serves as a media columnist at The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2020, Smith was the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News for nine years. Before that, he covered politics for Politico, The New York Daily News, The New York Observer, and The New York Sun.

Ben Smith Age and Birthday

Smith was born on November 4, 1976, in New York City, New York, in the United States. He is 44 years old as of 2021. Smith celebrates his birthday on the 4th of November every year.

Ben Smith Height

Mr.Smith stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall (Approx. 1.8M).

Ben Smith Family and Parents

Smith was born and brought up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in New York. His parents are Dian Goldston(née Goldston) and Robert S. Smith, an attorney. Smith’s mother is an author, democrat and Jewish. His father is a retired associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, conservative, and a Christian. Smith’s grandfather was a novelist and ghostwrote for Mickey Mantle as well as Tommy John. His grandmother joined Mark Twain as a scholar.

Ben Smith Father

Robert Sherlock Smith served in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, as an Associate Judge. Smith resigned on December 31, 2014, following the State Constitution’s mandate that judges leave the office after the calendar year in which they turn 70.

Ben Smith Education

Smith attended and graduated from Trinity School located on the Upper West Side of New York City. He then joined Yale University and earned a B.A. summa cum laude in 1999. While there, he wrote for The Yale Herald and The New Journal magazine. He was a Morse College student resident. Smith got his start in journalism as an intern at The Forward during his junior year of college.

Ben Smith Wife and Children

He is married to his lovely wife Liena Zagare. She works as a publisher from Latvia. The couple tied the knot in the year 2002. Together, Smith and Zagare are proud parents to their three children. The family lives in Brooklyn.

Ben Smith NY Times

Since January 2020, Smith serves as a media columnist for The New York Times. He replaced Jim Rutenberg, who just joined The New York Times as a writer at large, spending his time between the politics department and The Times Magazine. Snith has published numerous news pieces for The Times including an article titled “Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?”. The piece received criticism arguing that he did not gather verified information.

Smith wrote a contentious post in March 2021 about the reemergence of writers, publishers, artists, movie stars, and podcasters in downtown Manhattan. The report was blasted for its lack of fact-checking.

Smith reported that Ozy, a media company, has tried to defraud investors and advertisers in late September 2021. Following the publication of Smith’s media column on September 26, the story led to additional investigations and reporting by a variety of sources. Smith and other media outlets made Ozy’s board of directors to announce their intention to close the company.

Ben Smith BuzzFeed

Prior to that, Ben Smith was the editor in chief of BuzzFeed, who built a hard-hitting news operation within a digital media organization better known for clickbait and listicles. Mr. Smith joined BuzzFeed as editor in chief in 2011 to help launch the company’s news branch, BuzzFeed News. He came to BuzzFeed from Politico, where he had worked as a senior political reporter since 2007.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Smith had to defend BuzzFeed News after he was the first editor to publish an unverified dossier containing scandalous reports about President Trump produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer. He  claimed that it was deserving of public release because its contents were shared with Mr. Trump and others “at the highest levels of the United States government.”

Smith spent his time at BuzzFeed focusing on the organization’s investigative journalism team. Smith was named to Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative” list in 2012. The Hollywood Reporter named him and Buzzfeed co-founder Jonah Peretti as two of the most powerful persons in the media. He received the Jewish Daily Forward’s Distinguished Journalism Award along with fellow Jewish journalist Andrea Mitchell in 2017.

Smith conducted the first presidential interview on Barrack Obama for BuzzFeed in 2015. BuzzFeed News was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their investigation into operators with suspected ties to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin carrying out targeted killings in England and the United States. He has previously worked for The New York Sun and The New York Observer as a reporter. He also contributed to The New York Daily News as a political columnist.

Ben Smith Politico

Smith contributed to the news site Politico from 2008 through 2011. Smith joined Politico in 2007 after leaving the New York Daily News. In 2008, he covered the Democratic presidential primaries for the publication. He investigated controversies such as Barack Obama’s associations with former Weatherman Bill Ayers, as well as conspiracy theories surrounding Obama’s citizenship and religion.

During the 2008 campaign, Smith incorrectly stated that John Edwards would withdraw from the race before Edwards announced his wife Elizabeth had cancer at a news conference. Smith later apologized for the story and retracted it. He revealed the contents of a confidential Republican National Committee fundraising presentation in 2010, in which the party was advised to profit on fear.

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Ben Smith Salary

Smith receives an estimated annual salary ranging from $80,000 – $150,000 working as a Columnist for The New York Times.

Ben Smith Net Worth

Smith has an estimated net worth of $1 million earned through working as a journalist. He relies on his journalism job as a primary source of income.

Who Is Ben Smith

Ben Smith is an American journalist currently serving as a media columnist for The New York Times. Previously, Smith worked as an editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News from 2011 to 2020. Smith has also covered politics for Politico, The New York Daily News, The New York Observer, and The New York Sun.

How Old Is Ben Smith

He is 44 years old as of 2021. Smith was born on November 4, 1976, in New York City, New York, in the United States.

Is Ben Smith Married

Smith is married to Liena Zagare, a publisher from Latvia. The two got married in the year 2002. The couple has three children and lives as a family in Brooklyn.

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