Benjamin was a research reporting fellow for the Local Reporting Network. He previously worked as a reporter and editor with the Arkansas Times and the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network. He covered Arkansas’s first-in-the-nation Medicaid work requirement through a reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2018, and received the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s award for best investigative reporting in 2016. Benjamin holds a B.A. in International Relations from Hendrix College.
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