Ben Montgomery

Ben Montgomery is a former enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website He is also the author of two books: the New York Times bestselling 'Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail,' winner of a National Outdoor Book Award for history/biography; and 'The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II.'

Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. He was a Livingston Award finalist for Spectacle: The Lynching of Claude Neal. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.