Contestant on US version of ‘The Voice’ used show money to travel to Syria and report on Isis

Ben Taub appeared in the third season of the TV talent contest

A contestant from the US version of The Voice has revealed that he used money gained from the reality show to fund an investigative journalism course and a reportage trip to Syria.

Ben Taub – who appeared in Season Three of the NBC show and was mentored by CeeLo Green – recently penned a cover feature for the New Yorker in which he travels to investigate Isis’ recruitment in Europe. The article, titled ‘Journey To Jihad’, was Taub’s thesis at Columbia University’s Journalism School. It follows the story of a father from Belgium travelling to retrieve his son from the ranks of Isis.

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“I used the siphon that I received from the show to transition into journalism,” Taub has revealed. “I used it to fund my travel to the Syrian border during 2013.”

Taub also reveals in the MSNBC interview that the son from the article had also previously starred in a reality TV show in his home country, called Move Like Michael Jackson.

Taub was knocked out of the early stages of The Voice US. He recently graduated with a Masters degree from Columbia University.

Watch Taub appearing on The Voice below. Read the New Yorker feature in full here.