Ben Swann is an award-winning American television reporter who has worked in New Mexico, Texas and Ohio. While at WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, he produced a fact-checking series entitled Reality Check, which gave him national coverage for his reporting about controversial issues. Swann announced he was leaving Fox19 at the end of May 2013, and on 30 May, he said he would launch a crowdsource funded “Truth in Media Project” to continue production of his show Full Disclosure through a Chicago production team.
Swann was home schooled and earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Brigham Young University along with a Masters in History from California State University in 1994 at age 16.
Swann has won an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2004 and an Lone Star Emmy Award in 2005, as well as journalism awards in New Mexico.
Early in his career, he was bureau chief in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In addition to anchoring, Swann conducts investigative reports and covers “undercovered” issues. Several of his reports for his segment “Reality Check”, which is also available on YouTube, were controversial. He reported on a theory that more than one shooter may have been behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Before that his piece alleging bias in the media’s coverage of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and the Ron Paul newsletter controversy had already drawn national attention. Also writing for CBN News, he focused on Mexico’s drug wars on the Texas border.