Steve Benen is a producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show," a blogger at Maddow Blog, and an MSNBC political contributor.
His background includes writing for the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog, publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and contributing to Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, Salon, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on broadcast media, including MSNBC, NPR, Current, Air America Radio, and XM Radio.
Benen got his Master's at the George Washington University while interning at the Office of Speechwriting in Bill Clinton's White House. He has written direct mail for a major Democratic consulting firm, worked as a communications director for a congressional campaign, and for six years, was part of the communications department at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
He lives in Vermont with his wife.