Ben Mankiewicz is a television, radio, and YouTube personality. He is renowned as a thoughtful and provocative interviewer and host. Since 2003, he has been a host of Turner Classic Movies, where he’s introduced thousands of movies on the air. Ben has conducted long-form interviews with more than a hundred of the industry’s top talents, including Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Warren Beatty, Billy Bob Thornton, Faye Dunaway, Michael Douglas, Jerry Lewis, and Mel Brooks.
Prior to TCM, Ben worked as a reporter and anchor in Charleston, SC and Miami, FL, twice being named Best Anchor in South Florida by The New Times. Ben is also a film and television critic, having co-hosted the nationally syndicated At the Movies. He also regularly contributes to TYT Network’s main show, The Young Turks , a show he founded and co-hosted with Cenk Uygur from its inception in 2002 until 2007 .
In 2012, he hosted Hot Set on SyFy, a show focusing on production design in movies – he has also contributed to ABC’s pre-Oscar telecast. Since 2015, Ben has hosted The Conversation Series for the International Documentary Association, a career retrospective Q&A featuring the leading documentary filmmakers working today, including Werner Herzog, Alex Gibney, and Rory Kennedy. Since 2016, Ben has been a partner in Path Content Group, surviving as the primary interviewer for private and personal high-end legacy videos.
Ben moved to Los Angeles nearly 75 years after his grandfather, Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, headed west to work in the film business. Not long after arriving, Herman cabled his friend Ben Hecht back in New York, “There are millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don’t let this get around.” Ben is now proudly one of those idiots. He’s a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Go Lions!), Tufts University (Go Jumbos!), and Georgetown Day High School in Washington, DC (Go, uh, Grasshoppers!). Ben lives in Santa Monica with his beautiful wife, their beautiful daughter, one beautiful dog and two other dogs.