Ben Hall knew at a young age he wanted to be a reporter.
By his sophomore year in college, Ben was interning at the CBS News Bureau in Atlanta, Georgia where he worked as a page for CBS News legend Eric Sevareid. He worked at two political conventions, and went on to work for CBS News in New York on the Foreign Desk during the summer of his junior year. Ben graduated from the University of Nebraska Journalism School and was named the university's outstanding broadcast news graduate.
Ben is now a veteran reporter at NewsChannel 5. He has covered the state legislature, presidential campaigns and is presently part of NewsChannel 5's award-winning investigative unit.
Ben has won two National Headliner Awards for environmental reporting. His stories on the political power of the coal industry in the state legislature and on mountaintop mining in Tennessee won the prestigious award in back to back years.
Ben has also won seven regional Emmy Awards for a wide variety of stories. One of his favorite assignments involved traveling to Africa to cover a Nashville church that set up an orphanage to help children whose parents died of AIDS. Another memorable Emmy involved breaking news. Ben reported "live" from inside the state capitol on the day income tax protestors surrounded the building.
Aside from his reporting duties, Ben is also host of Issues of Faith on NewsChannel 5 Plus. The show highlights various issues facing the religious community. It is an opportunity for religious leaders to discuss issues in a format that allows intelligent and in-depth conversation.
Ben's first job was as a "one-man band" at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Ben was the photographer and reporter in the station's Carbondale, Illinois, bureau. He spent three years at KFVS before accepting the reporting job in Nashville.
Ben's interests include playing tennis, going to movies and traveling. He spent part of his junior year studying at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has traveled to the Amazon, been diving with great white sharks near Guadelope Island in the Pacific Ocean and visited Costa Rica.
Ben and his wife Lesli have two young children. Both are big fans of the NewsChannel 5 Network.