Ben Herson

Ben Herson is an award-winning producer, director and educator. In 2007, Herson co-produced and directed Democracy in Dakar, a globally acclaimed and award wining, feature-length film about the role of hip-hop on local politics in Senegal. The film was screened at over 100 film festivals and universities internationally. Since then, Herson has also produced an impressive canon of work documenting global youth culture and social movements in both films and education-based media projects developed with global non-profits and government agencies including, USAID, USIP, OSF, US Embassy in Dakar, and the IRC. In 2013, Herson became a director (2013) and Senior Series Producer (2015) for MTV’s Rebel Music; an award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series about youth, music and social change. The series is MTV’s most widely shared and watched viral video in Viacom’s history (2015) and was screened at the White House. In 2016, Herson became the Senior Development Producer at Great Big Story: CNN’s prestigious short-form documentary network where he oversees sponsored editorial content and brand partnerships. Herson has an M.Ed in International Education from UMass Amherst, studied media and entrepreneurship at NYU’s SSG program, and published works in peer-reviewed journals including, Comparative Education Review (2016), American Behavioral Scientist (2010) and Pen International (2007).

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