Ben Mueller Heads to London
Just four years ago, in June 2014, Ben Mueller was an intern on the Metro desk at The Times. Now, he’s our newest United Kingdom correspondent.
Starting in early September, Ben will be based in our London newsroom, where he will have a chance to work with a terrific team of reporters and editors digging into one of the biggest stories of the day: Britain’s looming exit from the European Union in March 2019, and the uncertainty about country’s future once it leaves.
Since becoming a staff reporter in Metro two years ago, Ben has established himself as a tenacious but empathetic reporter. These qualities will serve him well abroad.
In 2016, Ben and his colleagues in Metro examined every murder in a single police precinct — 14 in all — to produce the groundbreaking series Murder in the 4-0. The goal was to understand why murder was persisting in some parts of New York, even as crime rates were falling to lows citywide.
Ben started at The Times after internships at The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. For his first assignment in Metro, Ben squeezed into an extra desk at the police shack. Then he moved to rewrite and handled the early morning New York Today newsletter part-time. Eventually, he found his way back to the police shack, where he worked on the 4-0 series.
Ben’s reporting has had an impact. His stories have had a hand in dozens of school districts’ being forced to stop barring immigrant children; in the N.Y.P.D.’s correcting disparities in detective staffing (an article he reported with the indefatigable Al Baker); and recently in the mayor’s promising to slash marijuana arrests.
Ben’s route from police shack to foreign assignment may not be all that unusual — at least, at The Times — but his path before journalism was a bit unconventional. He started reporting as a student at Yale, but only after a semester of feeding marshmallows to capuchin monkeys at the Comparative Cognition Laboratory in the Yale New Haven Hospital.
Ben says he was working with a graduate student to try to figure out if capuchins know how to be generous, and if they share. His major takeaway: He wanted to spend more time with humans.
— Michael and Jim