Ben Feldheim is an award-winning writer, journalist, video tinkerer and occasional drummer living in Chicago.
Feldheim has written stories for newspapers, magazines, alt.-weeklies and websites about a slew of different subjects. While earning a master’s degree in journalism, and after interning at Rolling Stone Magazine, he wrote music and celebrity articles before covering autistic teens, people who build and fly their own airplanes, murders, redemption, drug rehab, dozens of court cases, the Northern Illinois University shooting and when a woman met the family of a young man whose donated organs saved her life, after the man was killed in a bar fight. He also once convinced a severely hung over Jack Black to follow through on a scheduled interview, even though Black was ready to go back to sleep at 1:30 P.M. Feldheim also contributed to the autobiography of Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil.
Feldheim built an online community around a news website and two connected social media networks from scratch. He convinced the population of Orland Park, Illinois to read his various reporting on Orland Park Patch, even after getting looks from people like he had horns growing out of his head when he first arrived and introduced himself and the site. He built readership to an average 60,000 unique visitors a month (for a village population of about 57,000), and also made the site profitable in just over two years. In the process, he covered more murder cases, as well as other crimes from the scenes and at the court house. Feldheim wrote about the killing of Honeybee Killer Gary Amaya, questionable school district staffing moves by board members, financial and personnel troubles in the fire district, breaking news, arts, business and charitable efforts. He was named a finalist in the 2012 Peter Lisagor Awards for a series on a large eminent domain project in town, part of which required explaining a municipality-financed apartment complex development that confounded residents and fellow journalists alike.
Today, Feldheim writes for Rush University Medical Center’s Office of Philanthropy, and continues to freelance.
This site is dedicated to his mentor Mike Sager, his professor Bob Reid of blessed memory, his family and countless others who paved the way, held his hand and even carried him at times.