Peter Benjaminson was born in Washington, D.C. and was a
reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the Detroit Free
Press from 1970-76.
While at the Free Press, he wrote the book "Investigative
Reporting," with Dave Anderson (Indiana University Press,
1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to
book in that field. It was in print for 20 years.
In 1979 he wrote "The Story of Motown," and from 1979 to
1981 he was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. He taught journalism at Binghamton
University, New York University, and Columbia University from
In 1984, he wrote "Death in the Afternoon: America's
Newspaper Giants Struggle for Survival" (Andrews, McMeel),
the first and only book about the death of afternoon
newspapers in America's big cities.
In 1992, he wrote "Publish Without Perishing" (National
Education Association and National Writers Union); and in
1997, he wrote "Secret Police" (New York: Barricade Books).
From 1991-1994 he was the spokesman for the NYC
Department of Investigation. He was Assistant Editor of the
Chief Leader Newspaper in New York City from 1994-1998 and
the spokesman for the NYC Correction Officers Benevolent
Association from 1998-2003. In 2003 and 2009 he was the
spokesman for Members for Change in NYC Teamsters Local
In 2008, he wrote "The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl
Florence Ballard " (Chicago Review Press) and in 2012 he
wrote "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First
Superstar" (Chicago Review Press).
He is now seeking a publisher for what will be his eighth book.