On September 25, 2015, Ben C. Solomon, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, will be the keynote speaker at the Ladue Education Foundation’s Annual Community Breakfast at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
“Ladue was the most important and formative time for me to become a journalist,” says Ben September 8, 2015
Solomon, Ladue Horton Watkins High School Class of 2006. It’s a magnanimous statement from a recent Pulitzer Prize winner. Ben and his team at The New York Times were awarded the prize in April of this year for International Reporting for their coverage of the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Ben also received the George Polk Award for health reporting this year, and he is nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine.
Ben was involved in the broadcast journalism program at LHWHS and went on to study at DePauw University. In 2010, he was hired by The New York Times, eventually becoming one of their first foreign multimedia correspondents. He has covered uprisings in Egypt, Syria and Libya, as well as the Ukranian conflict, ivory poaching in Africa, and numerous other issues in the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet Union.
In addition to his resolute and dauntless reporting, Ben writes, shoots and edits documentary features for Times Video. He is taking a break from his globe-hopping to return to St. Louis for this special appearance to benefit the Ladue Education Foundation. He is generous enough to credit his time as a Ladue student as being a significant factor in his success. “Mrs. Box and the Ladue education system gave me the courage to see a career in filmmaking and journalism as a possibility.”