Jesse Benn

Engaged citizen, opinionated writer, critical media studies scholar, amateur photographer/videographer, engages in random acts of journalism.

I'm a dad, an engaged citizen, a writer, a critical media studies researcher, a partner, a photographer/videographer, and as often as possible, a world traveler. I've written about everything from presidential politics to a dusty old pair of shoes. My writing, video, and/or photography has been published in The Huffington Post, AlterNet, Revolution News, Backpacker Magazine, and numerous local media outlets.

I'm the 2012 winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region Nine “Mark of Excellence” award for general column writing at a large university. But more importantly, I won “Mr. Hustle” at basketball camp when I was seven. A nonconformist by nature, I moved out of my parents’ house at 16, left high school at 17, and sacrificed part of my soul to the corporate world before taking a non-traditional path through higher education, attaining a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University and a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

I live in Colorado where I hike, camp, and do other fun outdoor stuff with my partner Jessica, our daughter Daavi, and our dog, Spriggs. My academic work has focused on anti-intellectualism, but I've also been published or presented on the subjects of peace journalism and entertainment media. I'll begin working on my PhD this fall. In the mean time I'm focused on being a dad, activism, and challenging racism in white spaces.