Previously, Wedeman was based in Cairo, Egypt, where he led CNN's coverage of the uprising against then-President Hosni Mubarak as well as the wider unrest in the Middle East. Before the Cairo posting, Prior to that, he was CNN's Amman, Jordan, Bureau chief.
Wedeman was originally hired by CNN as a local Jordanian employee. The job title was "fixer/producer/sound technician"; one of his duties was to help reporting staff get through checkpoints, since he is fluent in multiple dialects of Arabic and familiar with the culture(s).
Ben Wedeman was born in Washington, DC. His father is a retired diplomat. Wedeman spent most of his childhood outside the United States, after having moved with his family to South Korea in 1968. Subsequently, he lived with his family in Bangkok, Thailand; Phnom Penh, Cambodia - during the Cambodian Civil War - then attended boarding schools in Beirut, Lebanon (in 1974-75, just as the civil war broke out); Tangier, Morocco; and Windsor, Connecticut (USA). He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Languages and Linguistics in 1982 and from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies with a masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies.
He is married, with three children, and currently lives in Rome.
In October 2000, Wedeman was shot in the back -- purportedly by Israeli Defense Force troops -- while covering a clash between Palestinians and Israelis near the Karni border crossing between Gaza and Israel.
In August 2011, Wedeman was in Sabah, Libya covering the 2011 civil war that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. Pursuing a lead which led him to an abandoned warehouse, he discovered thousands of barrels containing bags of a yellow powder labeled to be radioactive. It was later confirmed by the IAEA that this powder was Yellowcake Uranium.
- With his team, Ben Wedeman won the 1996 overseas press club Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV interpretation or documentary on foreign affairs for the network’s coverage of Jordan’s relationship with Israel after their peace treaty, as well as for its coverage of Iraq under Saddam Hussein.
- He led the team that won an Emmy award for its 2000 coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone. This coverage also earned him an Edward R. Murrow award.
- Wedeman's team won the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of the 2006 Lebanon War, where they stayed in Lebanon, documenting the experience of the Lebanese people.
- In 2010, he won the Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award at the sixth annual International Media Awards in London, hosted by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting
- In 2012, his team won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form for his reporting in "Breaking News Simulcast of Revolution in Egypt: President Mubarack Steps Down"
- Ben Wederman bio, CNN website
- "CNN Correspondent Ben Wedeman wounded in Gaza", CNN website, 31 October 2000
- "CNN Correspondent Wounded in Gaza", Committee to Protect Journalists, 31 October 2000
- "CNN Finds Possible 'Yellowcake' Uranium in Libya", National Journal, 22 September 2011
- "Syria - Life and Death in Aleppo : CNN's Ben Wedeman Reports from inside Aleppo 8-13-12", YouTube
- "Guardian Middle East editor wins peace-through-media award", The Guardian, 11 May 2010
- "Congratulations CNN and AC360!", CNN, 2 October 2012