Ben de la Cruz
Video Journalist

Ben de la Cruz is an Emmy Award winning documentary video producer and reporter for washingtonpost.com. Prior to joining the website in January 2000, Ben worked as an independent producer for public television, a print reporter covering the Internet industry and a freelance photography reviewer for Photo District News magazine. Ben has also co-produced songs released by Sony Music, Dischord and DCide Records. Ben’s series of 12 video stories about racial identity on washingtonpost.com was part of Being a Black Man, a year-long multimedia project that won the George Foster Peabody Award in 2007. These videos were also nominated for a national Emmy this year.

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Amid the revitalization

Amid the revitalization

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has steered more than $100 million in federal earmarks to redevelop downtown Tuscaloosa.
National Cathedral staff watches Discovery flyover

National Cathedral staff watches Discovery flyover

Dozens gather on the platform atop the central tower of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to watch the space shuttle Discovery fly over the Nation's Capital before landing at Dulles Airport. The platform, erected for repairs to the earthquake-damaged tower, is the highest viewing point in D.C.
The Hirshhorn facade becomes a multimedia spectacle (2:36)

The Hirshhorn facade becomes a multimedia spectacle (2:36)

Artist Doug Aitken transforms the cylindrical facade of the Hirshhorn Museum into an urban canvas with his multimedia project, "Song 1."
The view from a tower crane (1:05)

The view from a tower crane (1:05)

Tim Reese, who works in the sky, sees a Washington that few people do. From his daily perch above the city he can take in a swath stretching from Silver Spring to Springfield just by turning his head.
At CPAC, conservatives search for unity (2:00)

At CPAC, conservatives search for unity (2:00)

At the Conservative Political Action Conference--a combination trade show and political rally for College Republicans--conservatives express hope that the Repubican Party will be united behind a candidate before the general election in November. (Feb. 11)
Amid the revitalization

Amid the revitalization

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has steered more than $100 million in federal earmarks to redevelop downtown Tuscaloosa. City officials say the project, which razed four square blocks near where Shelby himself owns a building, benefits everyone.
Preview: Laughs for Islam

Preview: Laughs for Islam

The Washington Post's Alexandra Garcia and Ben de la Cruz follow four Muslim comedians on a journey to bring understanding to other Americans.
Laughs for Islam

Laughs for Islam

In a full-frontal attack on Islamophobia, a group of Muslim comedians hit Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to combat stereotypes.
Under Suspicion: Voices about Muslims in America

Under Suspicion: Voices about Muslims in America

Under Suspicion: Voices about Muslims in America
A federal worker feeding frenzy

A federal worker feeding frenzy

GovLoop, a social networking site for government employees, bought lunch for 500 federal, state, and local government employees on Thursday as a token of appreciation for their work. (Dec. 8)
Big words, little dissent for Washington Catholics

Big words, little dissent for Washington Catholics

Catholics at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle react to the new English translations of prayers, responses and hymns from the original Latin, that were officially implemented into Mass on Sunday.
Jason Segel unveils 'The Muppets' live in D.C.

Jason Segel unveils 'The Muppets' live in D.C.

The star and co-writer of the new Muppet movie talks to the Post's Jen Chaney about being "Muppety" and introduces the first midnight screening of the film to a packed house of "Rainbow Connection" lovers.
The View from Washington, Ga. (video)

The View from Washington, Ga. (video)

In Washington, a town of 4,000 in rural Georgia, the 2011 campaign for mayor became a contest rife with tension.
Thousands gather to dedicate MLK Memorial

Thousands gather to dedicate MLK Memorial

Some 10,000 spectators arrived on the National Mall early Sunday morning for the dedication of a stone memorial for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
A battle for the perfect wedding dress

A battle for the perfect wedding dress

Hundreds of wedding dress bargain hunters raid the racks at Filene's Basement in Northwest D.C. during the semi-annual 'Running of the Brides' sale.

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - DECEMBER 26: SCREEN GRABS FROM VIDEO. In an era of increased suspicion of Muslim-Americans, four comedians take their show on the road through the South to dispel rumors. Comedian Negin Farsad performs at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Ga. Video by Alexandra Garcia and Ben de la Cruz. Photographed August 9, 2011 in Lawrenceville, Ga.. (Photo by Alexandra Garcia, Ben de la Cruz / The Washington Post)

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