Stephen Colbert and Ben Domenech

This is me, Ben Domenech. I’m sitting next to Stephen Colbert. We both grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. For some reason, he did not need a title card for identification purposes. Go figure.

I am a research fellow for The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based libertarian think tank, and editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on politics and culture. I also produce a popular daily email for center-right insiders called The Transom.

I previously worked as a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and as chief speechwriter for Texas Senator John Cornyn, as well as writing for numerous other politicians. I’ve had the privilege of working as a book editor on a few New York Times bestsellers penned by some excellent authors, I’ve written freelance articles for a number of newspapers and magazines, and I co-founded Redstate in 2004. I contribute regularly to several blogs, including Ricochet and RealClearWorld. I also co-host an award-winning daily center-right podcast, Coffee & Markets.

You can view my portfolio and current projects here.