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Ben Terris

Feature writerWashington, D.C.


A surging candidate tries out retail politics in South Carolina, and voters get a close look at her TV intensity.

  • Sep 28, 2015

The Republican candidate uses a visit to a pregnancy center to renew her call to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

  • Sep 24, 2015

In the early primary state, she basks in the glow of surging poll numbers and increased name recognition from her stellar debate performance.

  • Sep 22, 2015

A former rising star offers tips for surviving prison, and an argument for reforming our criminal justice system.

  • Sep 21, 2015

  • Sep 10, 2015

The mogul’s willingness to bend the rules of electoral politics may apply to his philosophy of the links as well.

  • Sep 4, 2015

Dixville Notch spent decades garnering attention for its early ballots. Now, it has hit hard times.

  • Aug 23, 2015

Rick Perry’s campaign has been pronounced “undead.” But he continues on. We track the specimen.

  • Aug 19, 2015

The “kids table” debaters put on their best face, but it was easy to see their frustrations.

  • Aug 7, 2015

Candidates meet a lot of characters on the campaign trail. Some are more memorable than others.

  • Aug 5, 2015
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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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