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Benjamin Woodard

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Benjamin Woodard is a Reporter/Producer covering Chicago's Far North Side.

A Pacific Northwest native, he joined DNAinfo Chicago after graduating with a degree in Visual Journalism from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Ben's photographs and stories have been honored with several accolades from the Society of Professional Journalists. His investigative reporting on a university administrator's questionable travel abroad and breaking news reporting on the drowning death of a student won national recognition.

After an internship at a daily newspaper north of Seattle in summer of 2011, Ben and his wife moved to Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, where he launched RogersParkNews.com, a hyperlocal news site that quickly garnered a dedicated following in one of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods.

Ben has picked up dozens of bylines in the Seattle and Chicagoland areas as a freelance writer, including for the Sun-Times Media Group, GateHouse Media and the Cascadia Weekly.

Fun Fact: Ben has logged many miles hiking in the Cascade Mountains back home in Washington state, where the peaks reach higher than the skyscrapers of Chicago's loop. At the peak of a mountain one summer, an unexpected thunderstorm thrashed Ben's overnight backpacking group. The Midwest may have big storms, but nothing compares to the shock and awe of a lightning bolt cracking through the air 10 feet from your head — 5,000 feet up.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

June 1, 2015

One victim was listed in critical condition and the other in stable, police said.

Uptown & Andersonville »

May 30, 2015

Dutch royals will see Porn 'n' Chicken, Young Pappy is dead and a new Chicago pot clinic is approved.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 29, 2015

DNAinfo Radio offers the story behind the story, told by the reporters in Chicago's neighborhoods. 

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

May 29, 2015

The rapper, Shaquon Thomas, was shot twice in his back in Uptown, officials said.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

May 28, 2015

420 Windy City's application was continued to August by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

May 28, 2015

Owner Chris Casas installed motorbikes and painted the cafe, but its new name hasn't been revealed.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

May 26, 2015

The four-person anti-gay demonstration was outnumbered by supporters of the leather museum Friday.