Jeff Benedict & Associates LLC on 02 May 2011

SVU INTERNS WORK ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER STORY

by Jeff Benedict

SVU INTERNS WORK ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER STORY

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

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 junior, 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.

Jeff Benedict is the bestselling author of sixteen non-fiction books and he’s a television and film producer. His latest book, The Dynasty, is the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots under Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Published in 2020, it was an instant New York Times bestseller. In 2018, Jeff co-wrote the #1 bestseller Tiger Woods. Jeff was an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Tiger” that was based on the book and aired in 2021. The book is currently being developed into a scripted series, which Jeff is executive producing. Jeff is also the executive producer on a documentary based on his book Poisoned that will air on Netflix. Jeff has written over 100 stories and has been a special-features writer for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times. His work has been the basis of segments on 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, 20/20, 48 Hours, NFL Network, CNN, and NPR.

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