Born-and-raised in New York, based in Austin, I’m a senior editor at Texas Monthly. My reporting and essays on politics, sports, film, and technology have also appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, New York, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Hemispheres, and Grantland. My Texas Monthly cover story on Nobel Prize–winning immunologist Jim Allison won best profile at the 2017 National City and Regional Magazine Awards.
In October and November 2018, I wrote, reported, and hosted UNDERDOG, a six-episode podcast series about Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz, and the Texas Senate race. Among my favorite things: the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, the early records of Brad Mehldau, and the smoked brisket at Snow’s BBQ.
Email: elbenson [at] gmail [dot] com