Ben Anderson is a strategic communications consultant, writer and photographer, based in the metropolitan Washington, DC region and serves individuals, non-profit organizations, trade associations and think tanks whose missions advance free market principles, individual rights and personal responsibility.
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Ben’s journalism experiences extend to the newsrooms of CNN Headline News, CNN International, Georgia Public Television, WGNX-TV (now WGCL CBS-Atlanta) and the Media Research Center’s CNSNews.
As Communications Director of the United States Helsinki Commission, Ben had the privilege of serving an independent federal agency which contributes to the formulation of US foreign policy. Comprised of 18 Senators and Representatives and one undersecretary each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce, the Helsinki Commission leverages its clout through public diplomacy to affect improved human rights conditions, military security and economic development throughout the former Soviet Bloc.
Later, Ben volunteered his communications skills to the Washington School of Photography, then a small non-profit educational organization in Bethesda, MD. Using a bare-bones earned-media strategy, Ben produced a morning appearance on Fox5-DC morning news with Holly Morris, a tactic which generated more than $49,000 in tuition income. Ben conceptualized, pitched and produced Exposing Darfur a photography exhibit by NBC News Anchor Ann Curry which drew more than 500 patrons to the exhibit’s opening. As a volunteer, Ben drove the organization’s income through three consecutive years of 30% revenue growth. After serving another three years as Marketing and Communications Director, Ben left the organization in a position to occupy facilities in Rockville, MD three times the size of its previous Bethesda home.
Ben has been behind either a film, television or Digital SLR camera since 1982. He has photographed more than 150 restaurants and hotels throughout the Baltimore-Washington region for Zagat Survey, Best Western, VRNational, BF Saul Hotels Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites; Passion Food Group restaurants DC Coast, Acadiana and Ceiba; Oceanaire Seafood Room; Foreman Wolf restaurants Charleston and PAZO; Jose Andres Thinkfood Group restaurants Jaleo, Zaytinya and Oyamel Cocina Mexicana.
Additional clients include LAXNews, Hearing Health Magazine, Smile Fredericksburg, Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors among many others. Ben has had the joy of teaching introductory D-SLR photography workshops to hundreds aspiring photographers, leading others into finding their own unique way of capturing a moment in time.
Today, Ben offers an array of marketing, media relations, strategic communications, editorial and photographic services to select organizations in the mid-Atlantic region.