Ben Colmery

Director, ICFJ Knight Fellowships

Colmery is the Director of ICFJ's Knight Fellowships. He was Deputy Director of the program for five years before being named Director.

Among his achievements, Colmery has instituted a comprehensive system for tracking the work and impact of the Knight Fellows. Each Fellow manages multiple complex programs. His system keeps tabs on everything from new networks and digital tools to societal changes resulting from work of the Fellows.

Before joining ICFJ, Colmery served as a program development consultant and new media expert for the European Journalism Centre. Prior to that, he was the evaluation supervisor for journalism training programs in 20 African nations as part of a Thomson Reuters Foundation project led by Columbia University. Colmery was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where he started a journalism training program in several small communities following the Orange Revolution in 2004.

He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs, specializing in media development and communications from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Albion College.