Ben Austen

Ben Austen is a journalist and the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction and named one of the best books of 2018 by BooklistMother Jones and the public libraries of Chicago and St. Louis. A former editor at Harper’s Magazine, Ben was a story consultant on the podcast The City and a senior fellow at the Invisible Institute. His feature writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired and many other publications. He is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book about parole boards and the country’s practices around crime and punishment.