Ben is a blogger, investigative reporter and photographer. He is a founding member of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project—a collaborative project of the Center for Investigative Reporting and Paperny Films—bringing together the power of investigative reporting,
narrative writing, documentary film making and interactive multimedia production to reveal the long-neglected truth behind unsolved civil rights murders, and to facilitate reconciliation and healing.
Ben is investigating the murder of Clifton Walker—an African American man who was killed by whites outside of Woodville, Miss. on February 28, 1964—and a number of related stories about Southwest Mississippi. Ben’s interest in the civil rights period was triggered in part by his
research into the life of his own father, Paul A. Greenberg, who had been a special assistant to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the early 1960s.
In 2005-06, Ben was guest editor for a Dollars & Sense Magazine's special issue on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina (March/April 2006)—a groundbreaking collection articles and interviews concerning
economic and racial justice in the devastated region. As part of the project, Ben spent eight days on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and interviewed over 20 storm survivors, primarily from African American communities.
Ben's writing has appeared at Colorlines, the American Prospect, In These Times, Dollars & Sense Magazine, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and
the Anniston Star. Ben's blog is hungryblues.net and he is @minorjive on Twitter.