Christopher Benson

Journalist, lawyer, associate professor of journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christopher Benson, a journalist and lawyer, is an associate professor of Journalism and African American Studies 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 WBMX-FM, as Washington Editor for Ebony magazine, and has written for Chicago, Savoy, Jet, and The Crisis magazines, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Most recently, he has written commentary on justice, race and media for The Chicago Reporter. Benson is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, the account of the 1955 lynching of Mrs. Till-Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, and the winner of the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition. The book has been adapted as a screenplay and is in development as a major motion picture. His latest project is a stage adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Inheritance” by James Moll, founding executive director of the Shoah Foundation. “Inheritance” is an extension of the “Schindler’s List” story.