Ben McNeely has been practicing journalism in some form or fashion since he was 14 years old, and found his passion for the industry as an undergraduate at NC State University. He has experience in print, broadcast, and digital journalism. He returns to NC State from Spectrum News 1, where he served as the producer of Capital Tonight, a nightly statewide program on politics and policy. Before that, he was a reporter and online editor for the Independent Tribune in Concord and Kannapolis, NC, and was news editor for The Stokes News in King, NC. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from NC State in 2005, and served as managing editor of Technician. He also was a founding board member of Little Raleigh Radio, a community non-profit that teaches volunteer content creators how to make radio and podcasts.