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Kevin Benz

Kevin Benz writes about sports, media, popular culture and an occasional "Hear me out" rant. Kevin's been a part of the Austin scene for over 30 years after arriving in 1979 to attend the University of Texas where he graduated with a Radio-Television-Film degree. Before entering the online world, Kevin's career centered around television broadcast journalism in Austin and in Houston.

Most recently Kevin spent 11 years as News Director at News 8 Austin, a 24-hour local news station which he helped launch in 1999.

Today Kevin gets to cover his passions and those of fellow Austinites, celebrating those things that make Austin a special place.

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Texas suspends Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks from Alamo Bowl amid sexual assault investigation

By Kevin Benz

University of Texas football players Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks have been suspended for the Alamo Bowl and sent home as a reported sexual assault investigation (with no charges yet ...


Turkeys on the Field

Embarrassing loss to TCU begs the question: Can Texas win again?

By Kevin Benz

After two steps forward, the Texas Longhorns took a step back Thanksgiving Day. The TCU Horned Frogs stepped out onto the field confident in their ability to beat Texas — and ...


#16 Texas vs TCU

It's not the same without A&M, but Texas hopes to start new Turkey Day tradition, beginning with TCU

By Kevin Benz

As Texas takes on TCU tonight in Austin, there are still tickets available for thgame. Are you kidding me? I know Texas head coach Mack Brown doesn't believe it ...


F1 in Austin

At last! Fans roar over Formula 1 engines as U.S. Grand Prix gets ready to race in Texas

By Kevin Benz

The United States Grand Prix roars into the Circuit of the Americas Sunday. The race marks the end of an odyssey that began years ago when Tavo Hellmund discussed the ...


In Memorium

Darrell Royal, a legend in full: Iconic Texas coach dies, leaving a legacy beyond just football

By Kevin Benz

The legend has passed. Some men leave their mark on the world, others change it completely. Legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal was one of those latter ...


U.S. Grand Prix update

Get ready to race: Sneak peek at the new Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 track near Austin

By Kevin Benz

The Circuit of the Americas race track near Austin is beginning to look like the world-class venue everyone hopes it will be. Here's a sneak peek.


It's Time

Mack Brown needs to step away for the good of Texas: Oklahoma embarrassments must stop

By Kevin Benz

It’s time. The University of Texas' football team exposed itself in Dallas and Longhorn Nation must ask whether Mack Brown is the man to lead this program any longer ...


College football

Can Texas deal with success? Longhorns face Oklahoma State in Big 12 conference kick-off

By Kevin Benz

If No. 12 Texas is to compete for the 2012 Big 12 Championship, Stillwater, Okla.,  is where it starts against an unranked, but dangerous, 2-1 Oklahoma State football team. Oklahoma ...


Profiles of Innovation

From deep in the heart of Texas, Tim League builds Alamo Drafthouse into national theater chain

By Kevin Benz

Tim League drove home using the same usual route from his two year-old engineering job at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, Calif. It was 1993; League was 23 years old. The ...


Longhorn football

At last, UT has a real quarterback, again: David Ash dominates Ole Miss as Texas breezes to victory

By Kevin Benz

Is anyone else completely tired of hearing about all the quarterbacks the University of Texas could have recruited? Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Barkley — add Bo Wallace to the ...


live like an F1 driver

Big party in downtown Austin planned for Formula 1 Circuit of the Americas opening

By Kevin Benz

With less than 90 days until the United States Grand Prix race comes to Texas, construction at Circuit of the Americas near Austin is coming along at a rate that ...


Football Final Four

Something new to argue about: College football four-team playoff finalized for a real national champ

By Kevin Benz

Just when you thought you had entered the dead zone of sports — college baseball is over, the NBA is done, football hasn't started yet and pro baseball crawls toward ...


Plays In UT Gear

Texas pride: Beau Hossler remains the best story of the U.S. Open despite his Sunday stumble

By Kevin Benz

With all due respect to Mack Brown's University of Texas football team, the next great Longhorn sports dynasty may belong to, um . . . golf. Even golf novices, those who wouldn ...


Never Give Up?

Hunting Lance Armstrong, the white whale of drug testing: New doping charges more of the same

By Kevin Benz

Now it gets really serious. Austin cycling legend Lance Armstrong faces formal charges that he cheated in winning his seven straight Tour de France titles. The charges come from the ...


The CultureMap Interview

Mario Andretti explains how Austin's Formula 1 track can capture America's imagination

By Kevin Benz

Mario Andretti races. He races everything. It's been said he'd race a chicken if it had a steering wheel. Even at 72-years-old, he still looks every bit the ...


Not Super Priced

Austin Formula One tickets to go on sale: $159 for lowest priced general admission pass

By Kevin Benz

The day has finally come. After more than a year of hurdling problems with cash, partners and even Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone himself, and after months of selling those ...


Don't mess with Texas

Rumors that Gov. Perry wants UT President Rick Powers out sends Twitterverse into overdrive

By Kevin Benz

Not satisfied simply mucking up his alma mater, Texas A&M, Gov. Rick Perry set his sites on The University of Texas. And the Twitterverse blew up. Wednesday at 7 ...


Backup Days Ahead

Concussed and lied to: Colt McCoy treated like a worthless discard by ignorant Cleveland Browns

By Kevin Benz

Colt McCoy deserves better, and that's just what he might get. Not long ago, the former University of Texas quarterback — the kid that took the program to the National ...


moving right along

With topping off ceremony, Austin's Formula 1 appears to be on track again

By Kevin Benz

With a huge round of applause, construction workers and VIPs stood together watching a 15-foot evergreen tree swing into place atop the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) pit building near ...


Hear me out

Don't censor: Free speech trumps concerns about controversial UT Trayvon Martin cartoon

By Kevin Benz

Editor's note: CultureMap Austin Editor in Chief Kevin Benz also serves as the national board chair for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA) the largest journalism association dedicated ...


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