The Book That Changed My Life

On May 17 I’ll publish my tenth book. It’s called POISONED and this one is incredibly personal to me. This book tells the story that sparked the food movement in the country. During the two years it took me to write it, my family has revolutionized the way we eat. We now grow much of our food on the organic farm we created. We raise our own chickens. What we don’t produce we buy from local organic farmers. We eat in season. My children haven’t tasted fast food in two years and we seldom visit grocery stores. Now when we say grace we mean it.
I’m so passionate about POISONED that I created a custom Facebook page just for the book and for information about it. Check it out. And if you “Like” it, you’ll receive more updates about the book and issues in the organic and local food movement.

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Sargeant's Heaven

Life is full of adversity. But the death of a child presents one of life's most agonizing trials. The grief can be unbearable.

But this is not going to be a depressing blog post. One of the best parts of my job is meeting people who use adversity to benefit others. That's what this post is about.

So let me introduce you to Icy Frantz. Isn't that a cool name? Icy lives in Connecticut, where her husband Scott Frantz is a State Senator.

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Scott and Icy Frantz

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15 MINUTES WITH WARREN BUFFETT

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Forbes just published its annual list of the richest people on the planet. Warren Buffett ranks third with a net worth of $50 billion. It was hard to ignore that when I traveled to Buffett's office in Omaha last month to interview him for a television documentary I am currently producing.

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HIGHER EDUCATION

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Southern Virginia University is a small liberal arts college nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The school’s president recruited me to teach there a few years back. He told me I wouldn’t have to cut back on my writing comm itments and I could design my own course.

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THE MAKING OF AN SI COVER STORY

 

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For the past six months I've worked on one of the most ambitious journalism investigations of my career. Sports Illustrated and CBS News collaborated to conduct criminal background checks on all 2,837 college football players on SI's 2010 preseason Top 25 poll. The results are this week's cover story in Sports Illustrated: CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, which hit newsstands today. Additional reporting and videos are online at SI.com and CBS.com.

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Jeff Benedict is a best selling author of 14 books and a television and film producer.  His latest book — QB: My Life Behind the Spiral (written with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young) was a New York Times bestseller. He is currently writing the biography of Tiger Woods. He is a producer on the forthcoming motion picture “Little Pink House,” starring Oscar-nominated Catherine Keener with music by David Crosby.  To book him for a speech or private event, contact Ellis Trevor at ellis@chartwellspeakers.com

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