Benjamin Gonzalez was raised in South Texas, about 15 minutes from the border with Mexico. Gonzalez's love for tinkering and interest in understanding the inner workings of electronics led him to major in computer engineering at the University of Maryland.
Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Gonzalez cemented his commitment to journalism by declaring it as a second major. The news surrounding the election piqued his interest in the journalistic process and opened his eyes to the ways that computer engineering and journalism could intersect. As a journalist, Gonzalez works to give a voice to the voiceless and to use visual storytelling to bring new readers to his work and to the work of his organization.