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Bob Benz

Visiting Professional

Phone: 740.593.0740

Email: benz@ohio.edu

Twitter: @sufferingdebenz

Office: Schoonover Center 211

Bob Benz is the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional at Ohio Universitys Scripps School of Journalism, and he also is a partner at LedgeSolutions, a digital consultancy that helps media companies with interactive strategies. Previously, he was president of content at Hanley Wood, a B2B media company focusing on the residential and commercial construction and design industries. Benz led a digital-first initiative within Hanley Wood’s Business Media division.

Bob Benz (seated) works with members of the Radar Desk curation team while he was the president of content at Hanley Wood.
Benz hired several Bobcats at the media organizations he ran, including Scripps School graduate Charlotte OMalley, left.

Benz’s experience ranges from traditional media roles such as VP/interactive for the E.W. Scripps Co.’s newspapers, to working with and for startups. He has been a partner in Maroon Ventures, served as chief digital officer at Clarity Media Group and was the COO/co-founder of Radiant Markets.

As vice president of interactive media for Scripps, Benz oversaw strategic, financial and operational activities. He was one of several newspaper industry executives who negotiated an extensive partnership with Yahoo! that led to a consortium of 30 newspaper companies representing about 800 news websites.

Benz began his career as a journalist, spending 10 years in newsrooms. The highlight of his journalism career came in 1994, when he was an editor on The Plutonium Experiment, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporter Eileen Welsome and The Albuquerque Tribune.

Benz currently is an outside director on the board of Woodward Communication, Inc., which owns newspapers, radio stations and an ad agency in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Benz earned a BA in journalism/English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has taught college-level courses at numerous universities and has held board seats with the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation, Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism Advisory Board, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Journalism Advisory Board, the Scripps Howard Foundation and PowerOne Media. He also mentored high school students for Capital Partners in Education in Washington, D.C.