Ben Smithwick

Ben Smithwick

Vice President of Development

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Ben Smithwick is Vice President of Development at Pacific Research Institute. Prior to joining PRI, he was a news editor at Fox News Channel’s Los Angeles bureau, where he helped manage the homepage of, one of the nation’s largest news websites, covering major national and international news stories, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, the crisis in Ukraine, and several elections.


Mr. Smithwick previously served as a reporter with the Santa Barbara News-Press in California, covering government, education, and local events in cities on the Central Coast. His work has appeared or been cited in various media publications, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, The Mercury News (San Jose), Daily Mail, MarketWatch, Business Insider, Reason Magazine, Daily Caller, Newsmax, and


Mr. Smithwick holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, where he graduated from the UConn’s Honors Scholar program and completed graduate coursework in resource development for nonprofits at UConn’s Department of Public Policy.