Joshua Benton

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Joshua Benton (born 1975) is an American journalist and writer. He is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, which he founded in 2008.[1][2]

Before moving to Harvard, Benton was an investigative reporter and columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a staff writer for The Toledo Blade. He won numerous national awards[3] for his reporting, most notably on education. He wrote a series of stories on cheating on Texas' state test, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, which led to state reforms and the permanent closure of the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District.[4]

He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a Pew Fellow in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University, and a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. At Yale University, he was editor-in-chief of The Yale Herald. Benton was also an early blogger at


  1. ^ Nieman Journalism Lab
  2. ^ Nieman press release
  3. ^ Past winners of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting
  4. ^ Asimov, Nanette and Todd Wallack. "Stakes too high to just check erasures, experts say", San Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2007.

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