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Ben Mankiewicz - TCM Daytime Host
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Ben Mankiewicz - TCM's Weekend Daytime Host

Ben Mankiewicz is the weekend daytime host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM). When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history.

Mankiewicz was born and raised in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he began his television career as a producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., before starting his on-air work as a news reporter and anchor at WCSC, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC.

From Charleston, Mankiewicz moved south to Miami in 1998 to become a reporter for Barry Diller's innovative start-up station, WAMI-TV. In January 1999, he became host and co-writer for The Times, the station's edgy, irreverent daily news magazine that went on to become a critical success. In 1999 and 2000, he was named Best TV News Anchor in South Florida by the weekly newspaper New Times.

Mankiewicz then moved to Los Angeles nearly 75 years after his grandfather, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, arrived and wired his friend Ben Hecht back in New York, "Millions are to be grabbed out here, and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around."

While in Los Angeles, Mankiewicz co-hosted a national radio and web-based talk show with Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks, from 2002-2007.

As a film critic, Mankiewicz co-hosted the nationally syndicated television series At the Movies and currently co-hosts the on-line film review show What the Flick?! He also writes film reviews for The Huffington Post.

Mankiewicz has also been a correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show, Period on Fox Sports and had what he calls "remarkably undistinguished" guest roles on such television shows as Big Love, Party Down, The Practice and The District.


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