Ben Hammersley after his 2009 Do Lecture

Interview by Leonora Oppenheim

Ben Hammersley (born 3 April 1976 in Leicester, England) is a British journalist, broadcaster, photographer, and technologist, currently based between London, England, and Florence, Italy.

He is Editor at Large of Conde Nast's Wired UK magazine,[1] Director of Digital at Six Creative[2] and Principal of Dangerous Precedent.[3] He is also a freelance reporter for the BBC, and a consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Hammersley previously worked as the first Internet reporter for The Times, where he was shortlisted for one of the British Press Awards, and as a reporter for The Guardian and the UK arm of MSN. During his early career, he specialised in technology journalism. Hammersley often reported from dangerous countries, including Iran and Afghanistan. After travelling undercover to interview the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 1999, Hammersley simultaneously moved toward war correspondence and technological innovation - reporting from war zones and writing technical book for publishers such as O'Reilly Media. He is credited with inventing the word 'podcasting', leading on to 'podcast' and 'podcasts', in 2004.

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