The Curious Autodidact

March 5, 2015

Words Make a Difference: Kelley Benham, journalist

Filed under: media related,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:22 am


Kelley Benham

If you have an interest in writing a journalism you should take a taste of the Longform Podcast. It features brilliant interviews with writers you have heard of and many you may not know. I cherry-picked through some I love and then started in on the people I was less familiar with.  All the interviews are different but all very well done and worth listening to.

I stumbled onto their interview with Kelly Benham and listened to her story about her career in journalism and her very personal journey as a mother of a premature baby so premature she was called micro-premature. I heard her mention her 1000 words about Terri Schiavo, an attempt to humanize her, after the highly publicized battle that wound up polarizing the country on the topic of end of life choice. Benham wanted to put a different twist on the public’s view of who this young woman was and wow is it a powerful contrast to the familial rancor we all recall.

I love to stumbling into things like this. Kelly Benham is a wonderful writer and her words will touch you deeply and stay with you as her words about Terri did with me.


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