Ben was raised in Alberta, moving to Lethbridge in 2015 to work a semester as a practicum student with Global Lethbridge. During his time there, Ben covered a breaking story at Mike Mountain Horse School in which a man entered the building with a hatchet. No one was hurt and the story aired on Global Lethbridge, Global Calgary, and CHAT TV in Medicine Hat.
Shortly after, he left the media industry to focus on his work as a coach with the Christian & Missionary Alliance Bible Quizzing program, working with Sobeys and College Pro Painters before joining the Bridge City News team in September 2017.
Ben studied television media at NAIT, earning his diploma in 2015. He was also home-schooled while growing up in Airidrie and Edmonton, graduating from The Home Education Exchange in 2013 after taking a year to upgrade.
He still serves as a coach with Lethbridge Bible Quizzing, and coached teams representing the Western Canadian District at Bible Quizzing Internationals in 2016 and 2017.