My name is Ben Marquis. I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. I graduated from High School in 1996. I attended some college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Beebe. While I do not have a degree, as I was compelled by financial reasons to withdraw from school and enter the work-force full time, I plan to return to school in the near future and complete my degree as well as pursue a higher degree in journalism and business. I am an avid reader and feel that I am self-educated. I have extensively studied many topics, most notably history, politics, economics, and the military, among a variety of other things. I have worked in the manufacturing, construction, retail and restaurant industries and feel the experiences gained are valuable to my overall knowledge. I am able to conduct research on the internet and through the library. I have conducted market analysis research and written narratives and reports for a commercial real estate appraisal service. I have written numerous essays and articles, some of which have been published. I am currently a staff writer for The Opinion in Little Rock. I am confident in my writing abilities and believe that I am able to competently write about any subject within a reasonable amount of time. I feel that my skill and talent as a writer would be a valuable asset to anyone who wishes to utilize them.