Ben Thompson is living his childhood dream.
"Admittedly, I was a unique child," Ben joked.
Ben's the Emmy award-winning anchor of Wake Up Charlotte and WCNC Charlotte Midday. He also serves as the moderator of WCNC Charlotte's political affairs show Flashpoint.
"Growing up, we watched morning news every day," Ben recalled. "The Thompson breakfast table was usually a spot for lively banter about current events and politics. Fast-forward to today, the breakfast table is now a sleek anchor desk and my family grew into thousands of people across the Carolinas. It’s a full-circle moment every day."
In 2021, Ben celebrated his 10th anniversary at WCNC Charlotte. Viewers have to come to trust Ben's broad experience during big, breaking news stories. And that trust is essential when a story requires context and perspective. On Flashpoint, Ben takes viewers inside some of the Carolinas’ biggest, most complex issues, and holds elected leaders accountable during probing political interviews.
Still, viewers often confess their favorite on-air moments come during candid, unscripted chats between Ben and his Wake Up Charlotte co-anchor, debating their favorite foods, sharing their biggest pet peeves and laughing at their various personal quirks.
Ben's most meaningful work happens away from the studio; volunteering in the community, most recently with local charitable programs like the Salvation Army's Magical Toy Drive, Scouting for Food and Read Across America Day.
A proud graduate of NYU, Ben spent his early years as a journalist interning at the TODAY Show and MSNBC.
Ben and his husband Brad live near Uptown Charlotte with their lovable 70-pound lap dog Scout.