Clea Benson, managing editor of policy news at Politico, sent out the following to the staff on Monday:
We’re delighted to welcome Benjamin Guggenheim to POLITICO, where he’ll join the tax team to cover a beat that’s a perennial favorite among our readers: the IRS and tax policy on Capitol Hill.
Benjamin comes to us from a position as a Congress reporter at Tax Notes, where he wrote about everything from 401(k)s to the Inflation Reduction Act. Earlier, his beat was the U.S. Tax Court, where he broke stories on disputes involving celebrities, including Charlie Sheen’s fight with the IRS over his tax debt.
Before that, Benjamin was a coordinator on the award-winning Covid-19 tracking team at the New York Times. He investigated Covid cases in college sports, followed outbreaks at nursing homes and colleges and tracked shifting vaccine eligibility rules across states, often using public records requests to track down data that wasn’t being disclosed.
Benjamin has a degree in international relations from Brown and grew up in Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys taking road trips, swimming and trying to improve his inconsistent tennis serve.
Benjamin gets started today. Please join us in welcoming him to POLITICO.