Benjamin Bryant (broadcaster)
Benjamin Bryant (born 1977) is an American writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. He is a former government official in the Obama Administration and also works, on occasion, as an artist and actor.
|Other names||Ben Bryant|
|Education||University of the Incarnate Word (MS) Giessen American High School|
|Known for||Forever and a Day (soap opera) (actor, "Gregory Marshall")|
Station to Station (director, actor)
|Fort Hood Shooting Task Force Report|
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Report
The Brink with Benjamin Bryant (2018–present)
America Tonight (guest, 2012–2013)
Bryant is the former co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning drama Anacostia, and host of “The Brink with Benjamin Bryant”. He has produced several television and streaming series, specials, and a series of holiday films and is in post-production on his directorial debut, Station to Station. An occasional actor, as well, Bryant has portrayed troubled hotelier Gregory Marshall on the dramatic serial Forever and a Day since the end of the show's first season.
In the Obama Administration, Bryant served on the Pentagon’s Fort Hood Shooting Task Force, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Working Group, and the two-year Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, for which he was the commission’s final spokesperson. In 2011, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin announced the formal acquisition of several of Bryant's papers, notes, and recordings related to his historic work for the White House and Department of Defense.
Early life and educationEdit
Bryant was born in Nuremberg, Germany to American parents in a military family. His father is Brigadier General Albert Bryant Jr. He is the grandson of Brigadier General Albert Bryant, Sr., recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and a former Montford Point Marine and Army Brigadier General Richard Saxton. He is also the nephew of writer and speaker Lori Bryant-Woolridge.
Bryant graduated from Giessen American High School in Giessen, Germany in 1994, commencing study at the University of Texas at Austin, that same year. At Texas, he studied journalism and communication studies from 1994-1998, when an extended illness led to medical withdrawal prior to graduation. Bryant completed a Bachelor of Science degree from New York’s Excelsior College.
In 2015, Bryant graduated with a Master of Arts in Administration and a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
Journalism and broadcastingEdit
In 1996, Bryant was serving as a radio news intern at Austin radio station KKMJ when the Atlanta Olympic Bombing occurred. His impromptu overnight coverage gathered attention from the public and Austin American-Statesman columnist Jane Grieg, leading to a full-time role at KKMJ and named Program Director, with news and local programming responsibility, of its sister station, ABC Radio affiliate KJCE.
Bryant worked as a freelance journalist and columnist before focusing on public relations and crisis communications consulting for public and private sector clients. He served as writer and editor for the Deepwater News and FHP&R: Force Health Protection & Readiness magazine. He returned to broadcasting as the host of the “BZCast” podcast in 2017, including an exploration of leaking and whistleblowing in the federal government, and in 2018 with the launch of non-profit media platform BZ/MP and the debut of “The Brink with Benjamin Bryant,” a series of one-on-one interviews focusing on Washington D.C. notables, and its spin-off serialized investigative podcast, “The Brink with Benjamin Bryant: INTERSECTIONS”. In 2018, Bryant also appeared in a non-partisan public service announcement entitled "The One Place Everyone is Equal."
Military and governmentEdit
Bryant has served as a speechwriter for Rear Admiral Patrick Stillman of the United States Coast Guard, and communications advisor for James Finley, then-Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology and other military leaders during the George W. Bush administration. Bryant worked in increasingly senior roles within the Government, including work on the Pentagon’s Fort Hood Shooting Task Force, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Working Group, and the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, for which he served as the agency’s final spokesperson. In the 2010s, Bryant made multiple appearances on the nightly news program America Tonight, anchored by Joie Chen, speaking to military issues in the news.
Task Forces and CommissionsEdit
|2009-2010||Department of Defense
Fort Hood Shooting Task Force
|Hon. Togo D. West, Jr.,
Adm. Vern Clark
Writing and Admin Team Lead
|2010||US Air Force Fort Hood Task Force Follow-on||Sec. Michael B. Donley||Senior Writer,
Writing Team Lead
|2010||"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Comprehensive Review Working Group||Hon. Jeh Johnson,
Gen. Carter Ham
Editorial and Production Lead
|2011||Virginia Department of Health/VA Beach
Pandemic Influenza Program Assessment
|Benjamin Bryant||Executive Director,
|2013-2016||Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission||Hon. Al Maldon||Assoc. Director, Public Relations and Outreach (2015-2016),
Lead Writer and Editor and
Editorial and Production Lead (2013-2015)
In 2011, news reports covered Bryant and Thomas Zamberlan's donation of their original editor's copies from several Presidential and DoD task forces to the Smithsonian Institution. That same year, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at Bryant's alma mater University of Texas at Austin, announced the acquisition of Bryant's personal notes, papers, and recorded recollections related to his work on the historic Fort Hood investigation and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeals and their intention to make them available to researchers.
Film, television and radioEdit
Bryant began producing narrative television and film projects in 2016, first joining the digital series Anacostia, from creator Anthony Anderson at the start of its fifth season, as a supervising producer. Beginning with episode five, Bryant was named co-executive producer of the series, a role he continued in until September 2019. He occasionally recurred on the series in the role of news anchor "James Vance," an homage to the late Washington D.C. news anchor Jim Vance.
In 2019, his company, the Bryant Zamberlan Group, partnered with Gemelli Films and writer-director Candice Cain to produce the first three entries in the "Candy Cain" series of holiday films, completing work on the holiday romances Ivy & Mistletoe, starring Cody Calafiore, Carrie Genzel, and Cynthia Gibb; The Maltese Holiday, starring Calafiore, Clayton Snyder, and Abigail Hawk; and Magic in Mount Holly, starring Calafiore, Genzel, Patrick Muldoon, Frank Whaley, Terri Garber, and Jennifer Bassey. Bryant, who served as the supervising producer on the films, also makes cameo appearances in the films. Bryant also served as an Associate Producer on Cain's Joy & Hope a western-themed romance co-starring Vivica A. Fox.
In September 2019, Bryant and travel writer Olivia Taylor announced on their respective social media platforms that they would co-host an upcoming travel show for the 2019-2020 season, titled "Journeys Beyond."
In 2020, Bryant wrote and directed two films, the comedy Aidy Kane, (which suspended filming in March 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic) and the psychological drama, Station to Station. He also debuted in the series regular role of troubled businessman "Gregory Marshall" on the dramatic serial Forever and a Day. Bryant has also appeared in two of Boston-based writer-director Brooke B's audio feature productions, Birthday Blues and Selling the Act, in supporting roles.
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Army Soldier (uncredited)|||
|2019||Ivy & Mistletoe||Supervising Producer, "Air Traveler" (cameo)|||
|2019||The Maltese Holiday||Supervising Producer, "Airline Clerk" (cameo)|||
|2019||Magic in Mount Holly||Supervising Producer, "Waterbury Coach" (cameo)|||
|2020||Joy & Hope||Associate Producer|||
|2020||Aidy Kane (filming suspended)||Writer, Director, “Phineas Strong”|||
|2020||Station to Station||Writer, Director, "Martin"|||
Television and digital streamingEdit
|2016-2019||"Anacostia"||co-Executive Producer, “James Vance”|||
|2018-2019||"The Brink with Benjamin Bryant"||Executive Producer, Host|||
|2018||"Unraveling Knots: The Journey Begins"||Executive Producer, Host|||
|2018||"Welcome to the Show"||"The Narrator" (character)|||
|2019||"Journeys Beyond"||Executive Producer, co-Host|||
Radio and podcastsEdit
|1996||"KJCE: The Week in Austin"||Interview Program||Host, Interviewer|||
|2016-2018||"The BZCast"||Interview Program||Host, Interviewer|||
|2018||"The Brink with Benjamin Bryant:
|2020-2021||"Forever and a Day"||Audio Drama (series)||"Gregory Marshall"|||
|2020||Birthday Blues||Audio Drama (feature)||"James"|||
|2021||Selling the Act||Audio Drama (feature)||"Aaron"|||
Since 2010, Bryant has served as the Managing Partner of the Bryant Zamberlan Group of companies, which include a global communications consultancy and BZ/MP, a non-profit news and media endeavor.
Awards and honorsEdit
Other notable honors include a 2010 Platinum MarCom "Special Category" Award for his work as the Managing Editor of the report of the Fort Hood Task Force, 2012 Davey Award for his appearances on America Tonight, 2019 Communicator Award of Distinction for "The Brink with Benjamin Bryant" interview specials; and multiple Platinum AVA and Hermes Creative Awards for "The Brink with Benjamin Bryant: INTERSECTIONS" podcast (including honors for writing, hosting, and production).
Bryant lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
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