Born-and-raised in New York, based in Austin, I’m a writer-at-large at Texas Monthly and a podcast host and producer for Campside Media and Pineapple Street Studios. My Texas Monthly cover story on Nobel Prize–winning immunologist Jim Allison won best profile at the 2017 National City and Regional Magazine Awards. Other reporting and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and Grantland.
I also make podcasts. In 2018, I hosted, wrote, and reported UNDERDOG, a series about Beto O’Rourke and the 2018 Texas Senate race. (The New Yorker called it “masterly” and “invigorating”—”you can practically hear the sweaty shirt.”) In 2019, I co-wrote and reported OVER MY DEAD BODY, which investigated the murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel. The show spent eight weeks atop the Apple Podcast charts globally, was downloaded more than 20 million times, and is currently being developed into a streaming series for HBOMax. I’m currently at work on three podcast series slated for release in 2021.
Email: elbenson [at] gmail [dot] com