John Bentley is an award-winning television journalist who has covered stories across the country and around the world. From the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan, to covering the 2008 presidential election as an embedded reporter, to producing multiple investigations into the Church of Scientology, John has produced, reported, and shot stories for both longform broadcasts (such as Dateline, 48 Hours, and 20/20) as well as day-of-air programs. He is currently a producer at NBC News.
Before coming to NBC, John worked at ABC News where he was part of a team that won three straight Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence at the network's flagship broadcast World News Tonight. He also shot and produced stories on the changing nature of the US and Cuba relationship, which ran across multiple platforms at the network, as well as co-producing three 20/20 episodes.
John began his network news career at CBS News, where he was one the co-founders of the Digital Journalism Unit. Reporting across all platforms for CBS and covering stories around the world, John has gone on maneuvers with the US Navy as they patrolled off the coast of Iran, reported on the fall of Tripoli, and arrived in Haiti just hours after their devastating earthquake.
Starting in 2007, John was an embedded reporter for the 2008 presidential campaign, covering Republican nominee John McCain. After the election, John helped start the digital journalism unit at CBS News, which, in addition to producing stories, trains other journalists at CBS both inside and outside the unit.
Prior to the campaign trail, John worked at the newsmagazine 48 Hours. He produced investigative stories on a wide range of subjects, including a piece on a brutal hazing incident at a Long Island high school (which won the Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence) and a report documenting human trafficking from Eastern Europe to Mexico to New York City (which won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary).
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, John graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and began working at KSAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio. He earned his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University before starting at CBS News.
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