For the People Speaker Series: Jason Benetti

October 18th, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is proud to welcome Chicago White Sox and FOX Sports broadcaster Jason Benetti to our “For the People” speaker series.

Resilience is a common theme of this year’s special exhibit, “Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory” and is a fitting word to describe Jason’s life.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler, Jason has never let barriers, whether physical or the perceptions of others, define who he is or stand in the way of realizing his goals.

Jason’s resilience was fully on display during his college years, as he balanced life on the air with sports play-by-play while earning degrees in broadcast journalism, economics, and psychology at Syracuse University and later a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest School of Law.

That experience would open the door for network opportunities with ESPN and to ultimately fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming the lead announcer for his beloved Chicago White Sox.

Join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s Union Theater as Jason Benetti takes you through his life’s journey with a message of resilience in overcoming adversity and achieving success.

ABOUT JASON BENETTI: Jason Benetti has served as the primary television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox since 2016.

It was just announced this summer that Benetti will be joining FOX Sports to call football, basketball, and baseball games, in addition to his duties with the White Sox.

Prior to joining FOX Sports, Benetti spent over a decade with ESPN, staring with play-by-play of college basketball in 2011, followed by college football, baseball and lacrosse games, high school football and Major League Baseball, as well as NFL, college football and MLB on ESPN Radio. Benetti has also served as a commentator for ESPN’s MLB Statcast AI coverage of the Wild Card and Home Run Derby.

Earlier in his career, Benetti worked various play-by-play roles with Fox Sports 1, Westwood One, the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate), Time Warner Cable Sports, BIG EAST Conference, High Point University, IMG College, Salem Avalanche and DePaul University.

Benetti graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism, economics and psychology and later earn his J.D. at Wake Forest School of Law in 2011.

The Illinois native continues to be an involved at his alma mater by giving back to the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University’s Communication Hope through Assistive Technology camp. Benetti has previously taught sports broadcasting as an adjunct professor at Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

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