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 Chris Benson

Chris Benson, a Chicago-based writer and lawyer, has worked as a city hall reporter in Chicago for an area radio station, and as Washington editor for Ebony. His articles have appeared in Jet, Chicago Magazine, and Reader's Digest. In addition to his journalism experience, Mr. Benson has worked as a promotional writer and as a speechwriter for several Washington D.C. politicians, including former U.S. Representative Harold Washington, and as a press secretary for former U.S. Representative Cardiss Collins. He was editorial consultant for the New York Times bestseller Don't' Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, by Patti La Belle with Laura B. Randolph (1996). His short story, "Click," is included in the L.A. Times bestseller Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, (2001).

Mr. Benson is co-author of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America (2003), Mamie Till-Mobley's story about the life and death of her son, Emmett Till, and the love that helped her survive. He is also the author of Special Interest (2001), a Washington-based suspense thriller, which introduces the African American investigative reporter, Angela McKenzie, and is at work on the sequel, Damage Control. His short story, "Double Dealing," included in Eleanor Taylor Bland's new anthology, Shades of Black (2004), introduces us to a Chicago-based urban reporter and undercover investigator, David Steen Hunter