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Ben Mankiewicz

Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Ben Mankiewicz is a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mankiewicz graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his television career as a producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., before starting his on-air work as a news reporter and anchor at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He moved south to Miami in 1998 to become a reporter for Barry Diller's innovative start-up station, WAMI-TV, and in 1999 and 2000 he was named Best TV News Anchor in South Florida by the weekly newspaper New Times. Mankiewicz then moved to Los Angeles, nearly 75 years after his grandfather, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, arrived at the dawn of the sound era and quickly sent a telegram back east, telling a colleague to come out to Hollywood fast. "Millions are to be grabbed out here," he wrote. "Your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around."  Three quarters of a century later, his grandson would become one of those idiots. As a film critic, Mankiewicz co-hosted the nationally syndicated television series At the Movies. He currently co-hosts the on-line film review show, "What the Flick?!" on the TYT network. With Cenk Uygur in 2002, Mankiewicz co-founded The Young Turks, now the world's largest online news and commentary site.