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Christopher Benson

Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Christopher Benson Biography

Christopher Benson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Journalism at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in journalism at the University of Illinois and his J.D. at Georgetown University. He has worked as a city hall reporter in Chicago for an area radio station, and as Features Editor and Washington Editor for Ebony magazine. He also has written for Chicago, Savoy, Jet, and Crisis magazines, and he has contributed to The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader’s Digest. Chris served as a co-writer and associate producer of the WTTW Channel 11 documentary Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, broadcast by the Chicago PBS station in June 2005, and winner of the 2005 Peter Lisagor Award for exemplary journalism (documentary) by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to his journalism experience, Chris has served as Vice President and Associate Counsel of Johnson Publishing Company, where his responsibilities included start-up and U.S. management oversight of Ebony South Africa magazine. He also has worked as a promotional writer and as a speechwriter for Washington, D.C. politicians, including former U.S. Representative Harold Washington and former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairman Clarence Thomas, and as Press Secretary for former U.S. Representative CardissCollins.

Chris is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of her memoir Death of Innocence: The Hate Crime That Changed America, the Essence bestseller about the life and death of Mrs. Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, and the history-making changes that followed. Death of Innocence is the winner of the 2004 BlackBoard Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition. Chris has done numerous television, radio and print interviews, and has been quoted extensively on the significance of Mamie Till-Mobley’s contribution to the modern civil rights movement. He has co-authored a screenplay based on the book. Chris served as Editorial Consultant for Don’t Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, The New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award-winning memoir by Patti LaBelle with Laura B. Randolph. He also has written fiction, including the novel Special Interest, a Washington-based suspense thriller, and the short story “Double Dealing,” published in Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-Americans, edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.

At the University of Illinois, Chris teaches African American Studies courses on hate crimes and on race and the press (with a special examination of Emmett Till coverage). In Journalism, he also teaches magazine writing, with an emphasis on literary techniques (theme, character, voice, conflict, resolution).

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Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Christopher Benson Biography

Christopher Benson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Journalism at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in journalism at the University of Illinois and his J.D. at Georgetown University. He has worked as a city hall reporter in Chicago for an area radio station, and as Features Editor and Washington Editor for Ebony magazine. He also has written for Chicago, Savoy, Jet, and Crisis magazines, and he has contributed to The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader’s Digest. Chris served as a co-writer and associate producer of the WTTW Channel 11 documentary Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, broadcast by the Chicago PBS station in June 2005, and winner of the 2005 Peter Lisagor Award for exemplary journalism (documentary) by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to his journalism experience, Chris has served as Vice President and Associate Counsel of Johnson Publishing Company, where his responsibilities included start-up and U.S. management oversight of Ebony South Africa magazine. He also has worked as a promotional writer and as a speechwriter for Washington, D.C. politicians, including former U.S. Representative Harold Washington and former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairman Clarence Thomas, and as Press Secretary for former U.S. Representative CardissCollins.

Chris is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of her memoir Death of Innocence: The Hate Crime That Changed America, the Essence bestseller about the life and death of Mrs. Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, and the history-making changes that followed. Death of Innocence is the winner of the 2004 BlackBoard Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition. Chris has done numerous television, radio and print interviews, and has been quoted extensively on the significance of Mamie Till-Mobley’s contribution to the modern civil rights movement. He has co-authored a screenplay based on the book. Chris served as Editorial Consultant for Don’t Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, The New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award-winning memoir by Patti LaBelle with Laura B. Randolph. He also has written fiction, including the novel Special Interest, a Washington-based suspense thriller, and the short story “Double Dealing,” published in Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-Americans, edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.

At the University of Illinois, Chris teaches African American Studies courses on hate crimes and on race and the press (with a special examination of Emmett Till coverage). In Journalism, he also teaches magazine writing, with an emphasis on literary techniques (theme, character, voice, conflict, resolution).

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  • How to book Christopher Benson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Christopher Benson for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Christopher Benson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Christopher Benson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Christopher Benson?

    Speaking fees for Christopher Benson, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Christopher Benson charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Christopher Benson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Christopher Benson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Christopher Benson for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Christopher Benson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Christopher Benson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Christopher Benson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Christopher Benson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Christopher Benson for your event is available upon request. Christopher Benson generally travels from Champaign, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeffrey Kluger, Audrey Watters, Gary Stager, Sebastian Salazar and Michael Rogers. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Christopher Benson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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