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Ben is a contributing writer for The New York Times covering sports in Chicago and around the Midwest. He is currently co-authoring a book about the NCAA and the rise of college sports. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine.
Ben grew up on the North Side of Chicago and graduated from Ithaca College. He previously served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. You can follow Ben on Twitter @bstrauss1.