217-244-9327
          23 Gregory Hall
          nbenson@illinois.edu


Education

  • M.A., Regis University
  • B.S., Moorhead State University

Affiliations

  • Professor of Journalism
  • Interim Department Head
  • Campus Affiliations: 
    • Russian East European 
    • Central Asian Center 
    • European Union Center 
    • Center for Global Studies

Course Specialties

  • Radio journalism
  • Television journalism
  • International reporting
  • Special project reporting
     

Background
Benson has won awards for her teaching and her reporting. She is a former morning drive anchor and reporter at WMAQ Radio in Chicago. She was a Benton Fellow at the University of Chicago and a Knight International Press Fellow in Eastern Europe. During her more than 30-year career in broadcast journalism at various television and radio stations across the Midwest, Benson has won numerous awards for reporting, including being nominated for a DuPont Columbia award. She is formerly a public affairs consultant with the United Nations World Food Program, Rome. She is listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest.

Research/Creative Endeavor
Since 1998, Benson has done annual journalism training workshops throughout Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, including workshops for journalism faculty. She has worked with radio stations in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina to develop station identity and news product.

Benson worked with the International Journalism Foundation in New York to start a journalism master’s program in Slovakia and with the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C., to found a journalism school in the Republic of Georgia. She also collaborated with the University of Illinois Human Rights Law Clinic to report on human rights in Kenya.

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