NEWBERRY — The Newberry Observer recently added a new name to the rank of staff writer — Benjamin “Ben” Hohenstatt, a 2014 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in journalism.
“While still attending Auburn, I saw the listing for a position in South Carolina, and I have friends and family in the area,” said Hohenstatt, 22. “Definitely love the new life experience.”
He said he is enjoying Newberry, and that it reminds him of the suburb in Chicago, Ill., that he grew up in. His favorite part has been Main Street, and he hopes he can get to know it better.
Hohenstatt also said he wants to try a cheese doughnut from Dopey’s as soon as possible.
Before attending Auburn University, Hohenstatt attended Lakes Community High School in Chicago, where he played as a defensive tackle for the football team, wrestled in the 152 weight class and threw shot put for the track team.
“I actually stopped wrestling around the time I joined the football team,” said Hohenstatt. “I was getting bigger for football, and the wrestling team wanted me to stay in the smaller weight class.”
While he did not play a sport at college, Hohenstatt did become a brother with Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Outside of school, Hohenstatt interests include watching sports, listening to music, writing, reading and movies. It was because of his love of writing he joined the field of journalism.
“I enjoy writing about anything, but I really enjoy covering odd ball stories or anything with animals,” said Hohenstatt. “Everyone is a character in some way, and I like to show people that character.”
Hohenstatt’s love of writing extends to a music blog he writes in his spare time. In this blog, he writes his opinions on current top 40 hits, and anything else that comes to his mind that has to do with music.
A big supporter in his blog and career is his family. Hohenstatt’s father, Ken, is an electrician and his mother, Maureen, is a second grade teacher’s aid. He also has two younger siblings — a brother, Chris, who is a cook and a sister, Kate, who just enrolled in DePaul University.
“I am not that sad I will not be there to see her (Kate) off. This means someone else will help move furniture,” he said. “However, before she left she told me she wanted to go into the PR field, so I gave her my old AP Stylebook. It makes me happy someone else will be a snarky grammar nerd in the family.”
Hohenstatt said he will miss his family in Chicago, but will miss something else just as much.
“I will miss the Cubs games,” he said. “When I was at Auburn, they would air on WGN, but now that contract has ended, so I will not be able to watch them like I would back in Chicago.”
Hohenstatt also said he is looking forward to the mild winter weather associated with South Carolina.
Hohenstatt hopes, as a new member of The Observer, that he will be able to bring a new perspective and element to the paper, and present stories in a way that readers find interesting and make sure the community knows itself better.