Benjamin Blum

Video Optimization Producer

Benjamin Blum is a video optimization producer with based in Toronto. He has also worked as a digital news producer and senior writer with, covering an array of international and domestic issues. Previously, he was a member of the CBC Sports digital team with a particular focus on rugby. He holds a master's of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax. You can contact him at

Latest from Benjamin Blum

You again? Canada, U.S. meet in rematch of controversial 2012 Olympic women's soccer semi

Canada and the United States will square off in the women's soccer semifinals at the Olympics — again (Monday, 4 a.m. ET, Here's a look at what to watch for in a rematch of the 2012 Olympic semifinals that saw the U.S. win 4-3 despite a hat trick from Canada's Christine Sinclair.

Canadian women's rugby 7s misses Olympic quarter-finals after loss to France

Canada's women's rugby sevens team missed out on the quarter-finals at the Olympics after a 31-0 loss to France in pool play on Friday in Tokyo.

Canadian rowers Filmer, Janssens win bronze in women's pair event at Tokyo Olympics

Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens have won bronze in the women's pair event at the Tokyo Olympics, Canada's 10th medal at these Games.

Simone Biles's withdrawal from Olympic event could 'normalize' mental health conversations, experts say

The decision of U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from the women's team final to look after her mental health could go a long way toward dispelling stigmas around the issue in sports, experts said.

Remember them? José Bautista one of several notable Olympic baseball players

Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger José Bautista — he of the iconic bat-flip — is among several Olympic baseball players with major-league pedigree. Here are some other notable names from MLB seasons past who are vying for gold at Tokyo 2020.

Canadian men's rugby 7s reaches Olympic quarter-finals after win over Japan

A hat trick from Connor Braid and a 36-12 victory over Japan was just enough for Canada's men's rugby sevens team to reach the quarter-finals in its first Olympics.

Canada's Olympic rugby 7s teams on a mission after trying paths to Tokyo

In a sport defined by its unpredictability and instantaneous shifts in momentum, Canada's women's and men's rugby sevens teams are focused on the elements in their control during the Tokyo Olympics.

Canadians should be prepared for more discoveries like Kamloops, Murray Sinclair says

Canadians should prepare themselves for the discovery of sites similar to that of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., where the remains of 215 children were found, former senator Murray Sinclair said in a statement Tuesday.

Concerns over common side effects shouldn't scare you from getting COVID-19 vaccines, doctor says

CBC News has received messages from audience members who've reported a range of reactions to their vaccinations, with some hesitant to return for a second dose. But an infectious disease expert said the end result of protection against COVID-19 is worth the common side effects.

Communities across Canada raise funds for displaced families in St. Vincent after volcanic eruptions

Following La Soufrière's major eruption on April 9 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vincentian communities across Canada have been collecting donations and supplies for those in need. But there are concerns that the island is facing a long road to recovery due to significant damage from the eruptions.