Ben Finzel

Ben Finzel

At a Glance:

Ben Finzel has been a Project Contributor since June 2009, has written 6 entries and currently lives in Washington, D.C. .


Ben Finzel is a DC native and professional communicator. After graduating from college in the “buckle of the bible belt” (Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas), he moved back to DC and spent nearly six years on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director.

Finzel’s career has also included a stint as a presidential appointee in the second term of the Clinton Administration and more than one dozen years (and counting) as a public relations professional. He is currently an executive with an independent communications firm in DC.

A former college radio news director and DJ, Finzel is now a blogger and fan of digital communications. In 2006, Finzel co-developed and launched the Out Front Blog, the first LGBT communications blog by an international public relations firm.

An avid reader of many blogs and Web sites, Finzel still reads the newspaper (in print form) every day and he subscribes to numerous weekly and monthly magazines.

Ben Finzel: Recently Filed

What We're Missing on this World AIDS Day

Filed by Ben Finzel | December 01, 2009 | 10:02 AM | comments

Today is World AIDS Day, but you might not realize that given the nearly constant coverage of Tiger Woods, the Salahi's and the latest news about Sarah Palin's book tour. Yes, there are stories to be told that affect literally...Read More

The March is Over; Now We Must Take Action

Filed by Ben Finzel | October 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Marches are commonplace in DC. Everyone wants to come to DC to protest, raise their voice and let the folks in power know they care about this or that issue. To be honest, I generally don't pay a lot of...Read More

Why I Will March in October

Filed by Ben Finzel | September 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I began life as a dyed-in-the-wool 60's liberal. My parents took me to the first march on the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, I was at Martin Luther King's last speech in Washington, D.C. and I participated in the big...Read More

Sarah Palin Steps Out of The Spotlight? I Don't Think So.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I know I'm not the only one who doesn't want to have Sarah Palin as a neighbor - and leader - in the White House. But as the media and blogosphere has focused on her last days in office (after...Read More

Question: What Did We Expect? Answer: More Than This.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Barack Obama has been criticized for what he has not done as President on the myriad LGBTQ issues that he addressed during the campaign. I don't have much to add to the "what," but I have a thought about the...Read More