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Eric Benson began writing for Texas Monthly in 2014 and joined the magazine's staff as a senior editor in 2018. He has covered scientists in Houston, imams in Dallas, boxers in San Antonio, and citizen journalists in Reynosa, Mexico. His cover story on immunologist James P. Allison won best profile at the 2017 National City and Regional Magazine Awards.

Articles by Eric Benson

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The Quest for Better Beef

Aug 12, 2020 By Eric Benson

Vegans want to end the killing of animals. Scientists say livestock are accelerating climate change. COVID-19 is ravaging meat-packers. Texas beef is under fire—but all across the industry, from the pasture to the butcher case, a vision of more sustainable burgers and briskets is beginning to come into focus.

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Who Counts?

May 29, 2019 By Eric Benson

Texas stands to lose a great deal if the 2020 Census doesn’t include every Texan—including congressional seats and billions in federal funding.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.

Faith and Hope

Jul 20, 2016 By Eric Benson

The country’s largest group of Muslims live in Texas, yet many of them don’t feel welcome here. A few young and progressive leaders—like Irving imam Omar Suleiman—are working to change that.