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Lee Chilcote is a Cleveland-based writer and Ohio native. For the past 15 years, he has worked in a variety of roles within economic and community development organizations and small businesses. Two years ago, he began writing full time.
His freelance feature writing has appeared in a range of local and national publications, including Cleveland Magazine, Scene Magazine, Land and People, Think, Home Energy and Agence France Press. He also serves as Development News Editor and For Good Editor of Fresh Water
He has a Master's degree in English from Cleveland State University (CSU), and a Master's in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU. He is originally from Cleveland Heights, but now lives in the up-and-coming Detroit Shoreway neighborhood in the heart of Cleveland's near west side.
Ben started his career in Bowling Green, Ohio, as a photographer and photo editor at the G News. This is where he found his passion to be a photojournalist. Capturing people and things in their real-life environment is what drew him to this field of photography. While gaining experience at the BG News and Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune, he earned his bachelor of science in technology with a focus in visual communication at Bowling Green State University.
In his 10 years of professional experience, he has served as the sole photographer for the News Messenger -- a Gannett-owned newspaper in Fremont, Ohio, as a staff photographer for Suburban News Publications in Columbus, Ohio, and runs his own successful wedding photography business. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and has received numerous awards from the Associated Press. Photography has been his lifelong passion, and as the grandson of a professional photographer, he has generations of experience to draw from. Ben also enjoys camping, nature photography and playing bass in his band, The Top Heavies.
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