Ben Piven

Ben Piven

Ben reports on global economics and geopolitics for AJ Impact, the new business and finance vertical at Al Jazeera Digital. He often writes about international trade, climate change and urban policy.

He was previously a Planning Editor at Al Jazeera America in New York City and an Online Producer at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.

Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben worked at PBS Worldfocus. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he researched the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Originally from Baltimore, he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music and travel.

United States

Black Lives Matter protests spotlight environmental racism

Activists push green-led economic recovery to tackle systemic imbalances.

Black Lives Matter protests spotlight environmental racism

Business & Economy

Earth Day: Coronavirus crisis offers big green opportunity

Economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns present a unique environmental moment for action on climate change.

Earth Day: Coronavirus crisis offers big green opportunity

Coronavirus pandemic

US coronavirus 'czar' struggles to fix broken supply chains

Critics of the Trump administration say the armed forces should play a bigger role in the fight against coronavirus.

US coronavirus 'czar' struggles to fix broken supply chains

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus toll in New York City exposes wider inequalities

Geographic data shows a disproportionate number of low-income area residents suffering amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus toll in New York City exposes wider inequalities

Fossil Fuels

Is a government bailout of US shale oil still in the cards?

US oil producers - hit by coronavirus demand shock and price war - have yet to see a rescue package materialise.

Is a government bailout of US shale oil still in the cards?

US Elections 2020

Despite long odds, Bernie Sanders refuses to cede Democratic race

Sanders and his fervently loyal supporters hope to influence policy and pursue the slim chance of a resurgence.

Despite long odds, Bernie Sanders refuses to cede Democratic race

Coronavirus pandemic

Analysis: A Democratic star rises in the coronavirus gloom

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefings deliver a daily dose of measured rationality to assuage deep fears of coronavirus.

Analysis: A Democratic star rises in the coronavirus gloom

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus could destroy 10 million US jobs, economists fear

While experts disagree on the scale of the impact on workers, the hit is likely to be swift and severe.

 Coronavirus could destroy 10 million US jobs, economists fear

Coronavirus pandemic

Will a US airline bailout come with serious strings attached?

Airline workers and many economists say Congress should not just give a blank cheque to the struggling aviation sector.

Will a US airline bailout come with serious strings attached?

Coronavirus pandemic

Can Trump's plan to give away money ease coronavirus blow?

The White House pushes the prospect of $1,000 direct cash payments to Americans to cushion fallout from coronavirus.

Can Trump's plan to give away money ease coronavirus blow?

Climate Change

Are financial giants contradicting their own climate pledges?

Report says corporate-level financing by five big firms contributes to oil drilling in the Amazon.

Are financial giants contradicting their own climate pledges?

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus is curbing carbon emissions

COVID-19 is slowing economies and emissions, and experts say greener criteria could help avert future outbreaks.

Coronavirus is curbing carbon emissions