Benjamin Katz is a reporter writing about the global aviation and aerospace industry in The Wall Street Journal’s London bureau. His stories look at how the industry navigates the ups and downs of major geopolitical, economic and global health events. He frequently covers issues spanning safety, company strategy, the experience of flying and the global battle between airplane makers including Airbus and Boeing as they jostle for supremacy. Ben joined the WSJ from Bloomberg News, which he joined as an intern in 2014. Initially covering British business and politics, he shortly after began specialising in the aviation sector. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to the U.K. to complete a master’s in international journalism at Cardiff University. With Journal colleagues, he received an Honorable Mention at the 2020 SABEW awards for coverage of the pandemic’s impact on airlines. He previously won a Peter Lisagor Chicago Headline Club breaking news award and was a finalist for the Harold Wincott Award for Young Financial Journalist of the Year in 2017.

  • Speaker Ben Katz
  • Talk Title Closed Skies: How A More Nationalistic World Is Changing Aviation
  • Category Speaker 2022