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Benjamin Shaw

Indonesia 2011
National Geographic Weekend

Benjamin Shaw is currently the executive producer for “National Geographic Weekend,” a two-hour radio show hosted by Boyd Matson that Shaw created in 2007. The program is distributed to AM/ FM radio stations around the country, to XM/Sirius Satellite radio, streamed to smart phones through Stitcher.com and hosted as a podcast by iTunes. “National Geographic Weekend” radio features national and international stories about science, culture, travel and adventure. Shaw is in charge of all booking, editing, scheduling, writing, engineering and audio editing for the program. Shaw is also a field television producer for National Geographic. In 2008 NG Television sent Shaw to Mongolia to produce two television segments for the “Wild Chronicles” television program on PBS. Shaw oversaw a cameraman, a National Geographic biologist and a dozen grassroots environmentalists while the group traveled across the steppe assessing the impact of gold mining on Mongolian rivers, wildlife and the lives of nomadic herders. Previously, Shaw worked as a radio reporter for Capitol News Connection, covering technology, environment and the military for public radio stations across the United States. In 2004, Shaw worked as an assistant producer at WNYC’s “Studio 360” and helped produce the Peabody award-winning program “American Masters: Moby Dick.” Beginning in 2001, Shaw spent a year captaining his 33-foot sailboat to South America and back. While on this yearlong adventure, Shaw freelanced for travel magazines and blogs. In the 1990s, Shaw worked as a professional actor in Los Angeles and as a web and graphic designer for Microsoft in Seattle. Shaw has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a M.S. with honors from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


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    Pak Bastarian was once an illegal logger, cutting trees in the forests of West Kalimantan, Borneo where he grew up. He sits cross-legged on the tile floor of his tidy house recalling...

  • How to Escape a Charging Orangutan

    Research scientist Gail Campbell-Smith studies the conflict between farmers and orangutans in Indonesia. But sometimes the conflict is between Campbell-Smith and the orangutans. "National Geographic Weekend" producer Ben Shaw visited with Campbell-Smith...

  • Saving the Heart of Borneo

    The islands of Borneo and Sumatra continue to yield new discoveries, including 52 new species in Borneo last year alone. As the World Wildlife Fund's managing director for Borneo and Sumatra, Adam Tomasek...

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