Alumnus turns a life-long passion into a career


Wright State alumnus Leslie Irene Benson is an example of the different creative paths a person can take with an education from the university. Benson, a 2004 graduate with a degree in English, combined the writing skills she learned at WSU with her passion for music to create the pop-piano cabaret band Irene & Reed.

Benson pursued a career in journalism and marketing post-graduation, but claims music as her first love.
“First and foremost, I turned to singing as my main instrumentation, but I have been writing music, poetry and lyrics since my youth,” she said.


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