Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben Piven worked at PBS Worldfocus in New York City. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he studied the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.
Originally from Baltimore, he received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. When not working, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music, and travel.