Todd Bensman is a 23-year veteran journalist and writer based in Texas who in September 2015 earned a master's degree in homeland security studies from the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School and its Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. His thesis, designated the "Outstanding Thesis Award" distinction, focused on the smuggling networks that move migrants from Islamic countries over U.S. land borders. He is a two-time National Press Club award winner for foreign reporting, including one for his reporting on Islamic immigration over American borders. He has worked in 25 countries. He has served as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, CBS News and as an investigative reporter for Hearst Newspapers focused on Islamic extremism, border security and Mexico's drug war. Bensman received numerous other awards for his domestic stories, several of which led to public corruption investigations and convictions. Bensman also holds a master's degree from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism.