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Ben is an experienced journalist, speaker and broadcaster who specialises in economics and current affairs.

He works for The Independent as Economics Editor and he was previously chief leader writer.

In 2019 he was Economics Editor of Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs nightly TV show.

Ben was nominated for business journalist of the year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards and for business commentator of the year at the 2018 Comment Awards.


He has reported from the US, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Switzerland and Ireland. He has covered the global financial crisis, the eurozone emergency, the Brexit fallout and Donald Trump’s trade wars. 

He sits on the international advisory board of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

He is also a member of the Society of Professional Economists.

Ben’s first book ‘Chinese Whispers: Why everything you’ve heard about China is wrong’ was published in 2013 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson and was nominated for International Affairs Book of the Year at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards in 2014.   

Ben was born in Manchester to a Chinese father and British mother.

He lives in south London with his wife and two children