Jeff Benedict: Mormon Author
Jeff Benedict is a prolific nonfiction writer and author of ten best-selling and critically acclaimed books, including The Mormon Way of Doing Business; Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat; Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage, The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football; My Name Used to be Muhammad: The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian; Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection Between Happiness and Despair; and Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL. He is a special features contributor for Sports Illustrated, a columnist for SI.com, and has written and produced television documentaries. His reporting has been part of segments on "60 Minutes," "20/20," and "Dateline." He has published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek. He wrote QB: My Life Behind the Spiral with Steve Young, which reached #13 on the New York Times best-seller list by the end of 2016.
Benedict is also a public speaker and is considered a leading authority on sexual assault and athletes. He blogs on other issues such as family values, business ethics, and Indian casinos.
In 2002, he ran for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district but failed to win the Democratic nomination.
Benedict is a Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Virginia University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Connecticut State University, his master’s degree in political history from Northwestern University, and his juris doctorate from the New England College of Law.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Lydia, are the parents of four children.