Ben Mauk is a writer based in Berlin.
His essays and reporting appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. He is writing a book for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He co-founded and directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop and is a contributing editor at The Dial.
Ben is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist. His first film, Reeducated, a collaboration with Sam Wolson, is part of "Inside Xinjiang's Prison State," an immersive V.R. and interactive feature on life inside a Chinese reeducation camp. The project won The New Yorker its first-ever Emmy and Peabody awards and the film has screened at more than 30 festivals.
His other honors include two Online Journalism Awards, a Deadline Club Award, jury prizes from SXSW and NewImages, and the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism. His work has been anthologized three times in the Best American series and twice nominated for the National Magazine Award.
He is a 2024 New America Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar, Poynter Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Monson Arts resident, and a grantee of the Pulitzer Center, de Groot Foundation, and Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is represented by Adam Eaglin of The Cheney Agency.
He writes an occasional newsletter.