Photojournalist Wearing A Human Sized Ear Returns To KARE 11

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

A series that started three years on KARE11, the Tegna owned station in Minneapolis, is getting buzz again.

It features photojournalist Ben Garvin, a 40 pound paper cache ear, two go pro cameras and a single question.

“The idea was to tell people we just want to listen to them,” Garvin said. “So we make it really obvious to anybody who speaks any language at any age what I am up to. I am an ear,” Garvin told Poynter’s Al Tompkins.

The segment is called KARE 11 Ear and it returned over the Labor Day Weekend. Garvin wore the human sized ear and asked over 200 people at the Minnesota State Fair “What are you proud of?” and turned the MOS piece around for the 5:30 show.

“The idea was to tell people we just want to listen to them,” Garvin said. “So we make it really obvious to anybody who speaks any language at any age what I am up to. I am an ear,” he said.

Other questions he’s asked “How would you make America great again?” and “How do you help?”

Garvin told Poynter his favorite question so far was “What are you proud of?”. This video has over 1,000 views on YouTube while the others he’s posted have about 100.

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