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Social Media Writer

United States
August 13, 2018

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Ben Kharakh

Staff Writer at Vocal

I’m a writer and editor with over 14 years experience. My work has appeared in print and online outlets in both regional and global markets. My academic training and comedy background have imbued me with a wit that's as sharp as it is quick, allowing me to provide unique coverage of a wide range of topics, including popular culture, health, politics, technology and social justice among others.


Staff Writer at Jerrick

February 2018 - July 2018

Responsible for creating content that’s as intellectually stimulating as it is rib-tickling.

Staff Writer, Moderator, and Editor at Vocal

February 2018 - July 2018

Working independently to write, edit, and moderate articles on topics such as politics, life hacks, cryptocurrency, and relationship advice. Writing articles at CEO’s request as well.

Freelance Writer

January 2006 - Present

Wrote articles for online and print media, including Fortune, Vice, Time Out New York, NY Press, City Paper (Philly), City Paper (Pittsburgh), Esquire (Russia), Onion AV Club (NYC), Playgirl.

Borrower Research at EIFC

August 2013 - June 2014 (11 months)

Conducted research using primary documents, social media, and internet searches to track down delinquent account holders.

Writer/Editor/ Managing Editor at Johnsonville Press

January 2010 - January 2011 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for coordinating, editing, brainstorming, and creating content; fostering and recruiting talent; and coordinating and leading meetings. As managing editor, I increased readership and expanded content diversity.

Featured Writer at

August 2008 - July 2009 (1 year)

Conducted interviews with a wide range of high profile and up-and-coming artists, comedians, musicians, and activists, including Ralph Nader and George Saunders.

Featured Writer at

October 2007 - May 2008 (8 months)

Interviewed entertainers, musicians, and celebrities, including Ashlee Simpson, Steve Guttenberg, Pete Holmes, Adam McKay, TJ Miller, and Lewis Black.

Interviewer at

May 2006 - October 2007 (1 year 6 months)

Interviewed over 100 entertainers, authors, musicians, and activists, including Patton Oswalt, Jeff Garlin, Flight of the Conchords, Zach Galifianakis, and Craig Ferguson. Wrote interviews that were consistently ranked amongst the most popular articles on Gothamist, as determined by reader vote.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),

English, Philosophy, History, 2008 - 2011 GPA: 3.91

Brookdale Community College AA, Philosophy, 2007 - 2008 GPA: 3.89


2008 Outstanding Student In The Social Sciences and Education Division--Brookdale Community College

2011 SAS Excellence Award/Kahn Family Endowed Scholarship--Rutgers University

2011 Jacob Cooper Award in Philosophy--Rutgers University

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