'The Voice' Contestant Used Show Money to Fund ISIS Reporting

Ben Taub
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Ben Taub

Third-season Voice contestant Ben Taub is now the author of a New Yorker cover story about European teenagers joining ISIS.

And the NBC reality series helped finance his reporting, Taub explained on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday.

There, Taub said, he met a father whose son had been recruited by ISIS who was trying to bring his child back. Both the teenager and his father are featured in the story, and Taub notes that the teen was also on another reality show, Move Like Michael Jackson, when he was a boy.

Taub, who received an undergraduate degree from Princeton, also explained on Morning Joe how his girlfriend started him on the whole journey.

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"I ended up in Egypt in 2011," he said. "I chased a girlfriend to Cairo during the Egyptian revolution."

After his experience witnessing some of the Arab Spring, Taub said he returned to Princeton and took a journalism course with a professor who covers Syria for NPR, and who guided him.

Taub went on to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia, graduating last week. On The Voice, Taub was on Cee Lo Green's team. 

Read his cover story here and listen to him singing below. This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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