Jeffery Benedict ’91
Jeffery R. Benedict graduated from Eastern in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He received a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Northeastern and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.
Even while pursuing his law degree, Jeff was developing his career as a professional writer. In 1997, he wrote his first book,Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women while interning in the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit in Boston. By the time he earned his law degree, he had published three more books: Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL; Athletes and Acquaintance Rape; and Without Reservation: How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World’s Largest Casino. By then he’d decided to be a writer instead of a prosecutor.
His books on athletes and crime established him as a national expert on the subject. He was the lead researcher on two groundbreaking behavioral studies, one on student-athletes and violence against women and the other on arrest and conviction rates for athletes. In addition to being a regular analyst on network and cable news programs, Jeff has served as an expert witness on behalf of rape and domestic violence victims; consulted for law firms representing victims of violence committed by athletes; and frequently appeared as a keynote speaker for women’s organizations, victim advocacy groups and law enforcement conferences.
In 2009, Benedict released Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage after three years chronicling the eminent domain battle in Kelo v. New London, considered the most controversial Supreme Court decision since Roe v. Wade. The New York Times Book Review called Little Pink House “a fascinating narrative”, and the Wall Street Journal tabbed it “an absorbing read”. In 2011, Lifetime Television optioned the book for a movie.
Benedict has written five other highly acclaimed books on a wide range of topics, including the legal battle for America’s oldest skeletons, the culture of violence in the National Basketball Association, and the rise of members of the Mormon faith to become some of America’s most successful businessmen.
Today Jeff is a contributor for Sports Illustrated and a writer for SI.com. He is also a columnist for Deseret News and his popular blog is featured on deseretnews.com. His most recent publication is Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak that Changed the way Americans Eat. Poisoned is Benedict’s tenth book and critics consider it to be his best. In Fall 2011 he received Eastern’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.