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Universities Use New Book, Poisoned, in Courses Nationwide

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 15, 2011

Best-selling author Jeff Benedict this year released Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat, which chronicles the history-making 1993 Jack in the Box outbreak that introduced the nation to a deadly foodborne pathogen: E. coli O157:H7. Poisoned has received rave reviews from news outlets like the New York Times and Associated Press, and is recommend reading for anyone concerned about the state of the American food supply.
 

JEFF BENEDICT & ASSOCIATES PRODUCES FIRST TV DOCUMENTARY

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July 11, 2011
Contact: J.J. Feinauer/540-632-6413
 
Tonight a television documentary produced by Jeff Benedict & Associates will air onBYUtv, a worldwide cable/satellite television channel that reaches 60 million homes in the U.S. via DirecTV, Dish Network and over 500 cable systems.  The film, titled “Bill Child,” is based on Jeff Benedict’s book How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story.
 

SVU INTERNS WORK ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER STORY

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March 2, 2011
Buena Vista, VA
The cover story of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated was co-written by Jeff Benedict and Pulitzer Prize winning writer George Dohrman.  It's the result of an unprecedented six-month investigation by Sports Illustrated and CBS News, which performed criminal background checks on all 2,837 players on SI's 2010 preseason Top 25 poll.  A special report on the investigation will air tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.  And additional articles and video are at SI.com and CBS.com
Two Southern Virginia University students worked on the SI-CBS project.  Senior Jeffrey Gasser was a lead researcher and earned a byline in the cover story as a special reporter.  " Jeff Gasser showed a remarkable ability to grasp the complexity of the research and reporting for this project and did an outstanding job," said Sports Illustrated Executive Editor B.J. Schecter.  "He was an invaluable member of the team and has a bright future ahead of him."
Gasser has been Benedict's personal research assistant for nine months and was tapped to work on the college football and crime story last fall.  The opportunity required him to work closely with senior journalists at CBS News.  "This project would simply have not been possible without the dogged persistence and intellectual curiousity of Jeff Gasser," said Armen Keteyian, chief investigative correspondent for the CBS Evening News.  "He is just the kind of aspiring young journalist our profession needs."
It's rare for a college student to receive a byline in Sports Illustrated.  But Benedict, Schecter and Keteyian felt he earned it.  "Very few students have the maturity and drive that Jeff possesses," said Benedict.  "Early on he established himself as a colleague and vital part of our team."
Another SVU student -- J.J. Feinauer -- also worked on this project and earned a byline in the feature story published at SI.com.  "JJ is the youngest intern I've ever hired," said Benedict.  "But he was a great addition to the project and played an integral part in maintaining hundreds of case files."
Feinauer, a sophomore, became Benedict's personal assistant shortly after the SI-CBS project got underway.  He and Gasser are also working on a book with Benedict, as well as a television documentary.

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March 2, 2011Buena Vista, VA

The cover story of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated was co-written by Jeff Benedict and Pulitzer Prize winning writer George Dohrmann.  It's the result of an unprecedented six-month investigation by Sports Illustrated and CBS News, which performed criminal background checks on all 2,837 players on SI's 2010 preseason Top 25 poll.  A special report on the investigation will air tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.  And additional articles and video are at SI.com and CBS.com

 

BEST SELLING AUTHOR JOINS DESERET NEWS AS CONTRIBUTOR

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(January 17, 2011)  Today author Jeff Benedict joins The Deseret News as a columnist and blogger.  His column debuted in the newspaper today [Link] and will also will appear online with enhanced graphics [link].   Benedict will also contribute a number of investigative feature stories for Deseret News.

 

Southern Virginia University Press Release

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Yesterday Southern Virginia University Distinguished Professor of English Jeff Benedict joined Sports Illustrated as a columnist on SI.com. Benedict will write a regular column called "Sports and Society," which will cover the off-the-field aspects of professional and college sports. His debut column appeared yesterday and takes a hard look at the recent rash of pro athletes arrested for domestic violence.
 
In 2004 Benedict did a series of articles on the Kobe Bryant rape case for Sports Illustrated magazine. He joins SI.com at a time when the website averages about 350 million hits and 19 million unique users a month.
 
“We’re delighted to add Jeff Benedict to our stable of outstanding writers,” says B.J. Schecter, Assistant Managing Editor at SI.com. “Jeff is one of the nation’s leading voices on athletes and violence and will regularly provide insight and analysis on the growing and concerning issue.”
 
Benedict is the author of nine critically acclaimed books, including four on athletes and crime. His books Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play the NFL and Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA’s Culture of Rape, Violence and Crime were bestselling exposés that revealed the shocking number of criminals playing in the NFL and the NBA. Benedict’s groundbreaking reporting on the aftermath of the Kobe Bryant rape case for the Los Angeles Times led to an AP award in 2004. Benedict also conducted the first national study on the rates of sexual assault and domestic violence amongst college athletes, and he produced the first and only study to examine the arrest and conviction rates for pro and college athletes charged with crimes.
Benedict joined the Southern Virginia faculty in 2007. He teaches a class on current issues and a seminar he designed called "Writing and Mass Media," which features guest lecturers from book publishing, television broadcasting, and print and online media.  
 
“I am not surprised that the most recognized voice in sports, Sports Illustrated, has hired Jeff to write for them,” says President Rodney K. Smith, “As one who has written and taught extensively regarding sports law and policy, I have come to respect Professor Benedict’s work. I certainly wish I could have taken a class from someone like Jeff Benedict when I was in college.”

Yesterday Southern Virginia University Distinguished Professor of English Jeff Benedict joined Sports Illustrated as a columnist on SI.com. Benedict will write a regular column called "Sports and Society," which will cover the off-the-field aspects of professional and college sports. His debut column appeared yesterday and takes a hard look at the recent rash of pro athletes arrested for domestic violence.

 
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including My Name Used to Be Muhammad and The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football. The System is being made into a television drama.

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