Jeffrey David Rowley Benedict (born 1966) is an author, teacher, and public speaker. He is a distinguished professor at Southern Virginia University, teaching classes on writing in the mass media and contemporary issues. He is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated magazine and has authored several best-selling nonfiction books, including five on athletics and crime.
In 2002 Benedict campaigned for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district, on a platform opposed to expanding gambling in the state. He failed to win the Democratic nomination, which went to Joe Courtney.
Benedict became noted for conducting the first national study on sexual assault and athletes. Over the years he has become recognized as the leading authority on the issue, and continues to speak and write about it to this day.
Aside from athletes and sexual abuse, Benedict has written on topics such as Indian casinos, eminent domain,family values and ethics in business. He blogs on many of these issues on his website.
Some of Benedict's other books include Without Reservation: How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World’s Largest Casino; The Mormon Way of Doing Business: How Eight Western Boys Reached the Top of Corporate America; and Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage.
His most recent book, Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat, details the story of Bill Marler's work on the Jack in the Box restaurant chain's E. Coli scandal.
Other recent projects include producing a documentary about RC Willey Home Furnishings based on his book How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy, and a book telling the story of an Islamic fundamentalist who converts to Christianity and is imprisoned as an infidel.
List of books
- Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women. Northeastern University Press. 1997. ISBN 1555533167.
- Athletes and Acquaintance Rape. Sage Series on Violence Against Women. 8. Sage Publications. 1998. ISBN 0761909664.
- Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL. Warner Books. 1998. ISBN 0446524034.
- Without Reservation: The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and the World's Largest Casino. HarperCollins. 2000. ISBN 0060193670.
- No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of the Smithsonian's Top Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons. HarperCollins. 2003. ISBN 0060199237.
- Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime. HarperCollins. 2004. ISBN 0060726024.
- The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family. Warner Business Books. 2007. ISBN 0446578592.
- How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story. Shadow Mountain. 2009. ISBN 1606410415.
- Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage. Grand Central. 2009. ISBN 0446508624.
- Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat. Inspire Books. 2011. ISBN 0983347808.
- The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football. Doubleday. 2013. ISBN 0385536615.
- My Name Used to Be Muhammad: The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian. Ensign Peak. 2013. ISBN 1609077105.
- Southern Virginia University faculty page, svu.edu.
- "I Am a Mormon (Talk on CD) by Jeff Benedict". Deseret Book. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "About Lydia". Lydia Hansen Benedict. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- "Critic of Casino Indians will run for Congress". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. October 1, 2001. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- Rick Green (September 30, 2001). "Candidate Takes Aim At Pequots". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- "Congressional Elections: Connecticut District 02 Race: 2002 Cycle". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- Marc Santora (September 2, 2003). "PUBLIC LIVES; Finding a Common Thread in Disparate Subjects". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- About Jeff Benedict
- Abigail Zuger (June 28, 2011). "A Timely E. Coli Story, Spun as a Legal Thriller". New York Times. p. D5. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
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- Benedict's website
- Benedict's faculty page at Southern Virginia University
- Benedict's articles published in Sports Illustrated
- Benedict's articles published in the Deseret News
- 'Poisoned' book excerpt: 'Where Did Your Child Eat?', Deseret News, May 13, 2011.
- Amazon.com listing for Benedict
- enotalone.com, short bio on Benedict.
- Review of Little Pink House at Open Letters