BEN GARVIN is photojournalist for KARE11 TV in Minneapolis. He's won stuff like regional Murrows and Emmys, journalist of the year by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalist, photographer of the year by the Minnesota Photographer's Association and recently served a term as president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. He's currently working on a year-long documentary called Lessons from Lucy Laney profiling a single elementary school in Minneapolis. Led by a principal who survived an abusive childhood just blocks from the school, she's leading a revolution of love as children and staff defy all expectations for children of color. The project is a collaboration with reporter Lindsey Seavert and has won regional acclaim and a national following for the regular segments covering issues like African American Vernacular English (AAVE), the suspension gap between black and white students and celebrations like picture day and bring-your-adult-to-prom. The work will be aired as an hour-long special on network TV and edited into a feature-length documentary in fall 2018.
Garvin started his career as a still photographer working in newspapers like the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and the Pioneer Press in Minnesota. He grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas and went on to earned a BFA in Visual Journalism with a minor in philosophy from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He lives in South Minneapolis with his beautiful wife Jessica, two skinny and friendly boys Arthur and Lewis, two smart and thoughtful twins Netta and Bailey.