About Politics Watch

My name is Ben Turner and this is my blog Politics Watch.

Me (far right) interviewing SC State Sen. Tom Davis, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in 2015.

I am a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. I specialize in covering politics and government, but I’ve reported on natural disasters, sports, agriculture, music, education and much more. In the political arena, I have experience working for and covering several politicians and political campaigns.

I’m a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism & Mass Communications, where I majored in journalism and minored in political science.

Memorabilia from my time covering the 2016 S.C. primaries.

My current day job is teaching workshops about government and civics at the Close Up Foundation. Otherwise, I’m sussing out information from the seedy underbelly that is D.C.’s political class.

Me (center) seated behind former NSA Director Keith Alexander at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

In the past, I’ve worked in a variety of journalism roles across several mediums.

An NPR story about “spin rooms” with a photo of me (far right) interviewing presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

In the print world, I rose to the post of political editor and chief political correspondent at The Daily Gamecock during coverage of the 2016 campaign, including reporting from the Republican primary debate in Charleston and the 2016 Democratic Convention.

My press credentials for the 2016 Democratic National Convention
“Serious, timely topics delivered in a confident, comfortable voice. Calls upon his own experience while invoking higher ideals.”
- South Carolina Press Association, on my writing

In my role as opinion editor for TDG, I was named the best collegiate columnist in South Carolina for 2015 by the South Carolina Press Association.

“Thanks to Ben Turner for his consistently interesting and thoughtful commentary. While I didn’t always agree with him (and doubt anyone would 100% of the time!), he…will surely be missed.”
- Dr. Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina

I was also a senior staff writer and a multimedia political reporter at The Maneater, where I covered the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Missouri and the 2012 presidential campaign.

Me (far left) and some fellow journalists take a break from covering the South Carolina primary to pose with Lester Holt.

I also covered the 2016 South Carolina primary for ColaDaily.com and helped NBC News cover the millennial vote in South Carolina.

In television, I covered local politics as a production intern at NBC News affiliate KOMU-TV 8 and covered sports as a a production intern for Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletics.

Me (far right) at the bill signing for removing the Confederate flag from the SC State House in 2015.

In radio, I served as a reporter and news director at WUSC-FM, where among other things I covered the removal of the Confederate flag from the SC State House and worked with the Associated Press to cover events during the summer of 2015.

“Ben has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and an incredibly developed professional sense for writing and reporting the news.”
- Nick Vogt, News Director at WUSC-FM

I’ve also served as a reporting intern at NPR News affiliate KBIA 91.3 FM and recorded newscasts for WWNU-FM and WWNQ-FM.

Me with Congressman (now Senator) Joe Donnelly in 2011.

On the other side of the revolving door, I’ve interned for Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), worked as a finance assistant for the campaign of former State Rep. Joe Bock (D-MO) for U.S. Congress in 2014 and worked as a field organizer for the campaign of former South Bend Deputy Mayor Lynn Coleman for Congress in 2016. I also served as a communications consultant for the congressional campaign of State Rep. Tommy Pope (R-SC).

“Ben offered his views on taking stands on various issues, which reflected both substantive knowledge and political savvy…He is insightful and able to convey his insights in writing.”
- Former State Rep. Joe Bock (D-MO)

This blog and this reporter are fiercely non-partisan.

I’m going to call ’em as I see ’em. Always have, always will.

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