Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewicz is a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network’s history. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mankiewicz graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his television career as a producer of WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., before starting his on-air work as a news reporter and anchor at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He moved south to Miami in 1998 to become a reporter for Barry Diller’s innovative start-up station, WAMI-TV, and in 1999 and 2000 he was named Best TV News Anchor in South Florida by the weekly newspaper New Times. Mankiewicz then moved to Los Angeles, nearly 75 years after his grandfather, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz had arrived. As a film critic, Mankiewicz co-hosted the nationally syndicated television series At the Movies as well as the competition reality series Hot Set. He also co-hosts the online film review show What the Flick? and writes film reviews for The Huffington Post.