Ben Hancock is an award-winning journalist with nearly a decade of experience covering technology, law, economic policy, and international affairs. He is currently Data Editor at ALM Media, publisher of The Recorder, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Law.com, and a number of other legal industry news outlets across the United States. In that role, he combines computer programming, data analysis, and traditional reporting to lead the newsroom’s efforts to produce more powerful data-driven journalism.
Prior to taking on his current role, Ben was a litigation reporter for ALM covering California courts and the intersection of technology and the law. He won the 2018 Jesse H. Neal award for “Best Range of Work by a Single Author” for his reporting about the future of law. In 2016, he won recognition from the California News Publishers Association for his coverage of the fallout over the class action settlement in the Uber driver litigation.
In addition to the Uber cases, Ben has covered other major employment law court battles involving cutting-edge issues, including the landmark “gig economy” case against GrubHub, and the various lawsuits against Google over employee conduct on its online internal forums. He has also reported extensively about arbitration and the growing litigation finance industry.
Ben previously worked in Washington D.C, where he covered international trade policy and the politics of trade in Congress for Inside U.S. Trade, a specialty publication serving an audience of government officials, legislative staff, think tanks, and lawyers around the world. He led the publication's coverage of U.S.-European Union trade affairs, and traveled on assignment twice to Southeast Asia for coverage the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
A fluent Korean-speaker, Ben also lived in Seoul, South Korea, where he was a freelance correspondent and a staff copy editor for the Yonhap News Agency. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of work, he can usually be found studying more about the Python programming language or hiking out on a Bay Area trail with his family.