Ben Terris

Feature writerWashington, D.C.


Americans have long drawn leaders from a small pool, but a familiar name doesn’t always mean a leg up.

  • Dec 17, 2014

The Facebook co-founder turned magazine owner says his actions will drown out worry over TNR’s demise.

  • Dec 14, 2014

He and his team say they plan a “fact finding mission,” possible meeting with Netanyahu.

  • Dec 10, 2014

By day, Brett Talley crafts speeches. By night, he pens horror novels — and, sometimes, goes ghost hunting.

  • Dec 8, 2014

Rep. Beto O’Rourke says Obama’s action is ‘noble,’ but he worries about what extra border security will mean.

  • Nov 21, 2014

In Washington, where employment upheaval is a biennial tradition, Tom Manatos knows where the jobs are and has turned Capitol Hill staffers’ worst weeks into a golden opportunity.

  • Nov 17, 2014

Democrats make their last stand at Waterloo.

  • Nov 5, 2014

Known for: hog castration, Republican stardom.

  • Nov 5, 2014

Republican Joni Ernst took a seven-point lead in a new Iowa Senate race poll as Braley barnstormed the state.

  • Nov 2, 2014

Des Moines Register poll showing Joni Ernst up by 7 in Senate race puts damper on Bruce Braley celebration

  • Nov 2, 2014
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Ben Terris is a writer in the Washington Post's Style section with a focus on national politics.

Ben previously worked at National Journal, where he wrote political features primarily focused on Congress. His time at National Journal also included a hunting trip with one of the most conservative members of Congress, a hamburger cook-off with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and a trip to Clarksdale, Mississippi to write about the murder of a mayoral candidate.

A 2008 graduate of Brandeis University, Ben spent the first 13 weeks of his career driving 15,000 miles around the country in a beat-up Toyota Camry talking with young people about politics and writing up what he learned from them for the Huffington Post. He subsequently took a job as a hyperlocal reporter for the Boston Globe and then went to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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