Bené Viera is a passionate multimedia journalist, writer and editor.
Her words have graced the pages and websites of The New York Times, GQ, Vulture, Cosmopolitan, ESSENCE, ELLE, Glamour, ESPN, VH1, Jezebel, VIBE, Fusion and elsewhere. For nearly a decade Bené has covered culture and how it intersects with race and gender. Because she has a gift for interviewing, she has been asked to interview more artists, actors and creators than she can name. She has held Staff Writer roles at Clutch, VH1, Centric TV and The Frisky, respectively. In May 2016 she was brought on as an editor for the ESSENCE Festival overseeing the festival’s digital content.
Besides writing for all but one of her bucket list publications, one of Bené’s career highlights include “The House That Shonda Built” cover story for ESSENCE magazine’s October 2015 issue. It was the first time in the magazine’s 45 year history to release six covers for one issue. She also penned three cover stories for the magazine’s #BlackGirlMagic February 2016 issue.
Bené’s work demonstrates her longtime commitment to centering stories of marginalized people. Anyone who has worked with her can attest to her deep love and commitment for the craft of writing. Bené has a MA in Journalism and BA in English. She currently resides in Brooklyn with dreams of L.A.