Keith Benman

Keith Benman

St. Lawrence County Reporter


Keith Benman is St. Lawrence County reporter for 7News, covering Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and the rest of  the largest county in New York state.

He came to 7News from the world of print journalism, where he was most recently business editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. In his 15 years there, he won statewide awards for outstanding journalism, as well as numerous Chicago Headline Club awards for stories on the housing crisis, utilities, and casino regulation.

The Little Falls Evening Times gave a start to his journalism career when it hired him in 1995, and he subsequently worked at the Herkimer Evening Telegram and Rome Daily Sentinel. He them moved on to larger newspapers in Indiana, reporting for the Elkhart Truth and South Bend Tribune.

More than two decades of reporting at newspapers in Central New York and Indiana have made him well acquainted with agriculture and other industries that drive the North Country.

He is a graduate of the journalism program at Utica College. Before attending UC, he worked for eight years in the Joseph & Feiss clothing factory in Utica.

He is married with five grown children and lives in Massena.

Recent Articles by Keith

  West Stockholm fire chief laid to rest

Massena rapist sentenced to 7 years in prison

Volunteers install donated wheelchair ramp for injured deputy mayor

  Causes determined in fire and chief’s death

  Community mourns death of West Stockholm’s fire chief

  Fire chief dies after collapsing during house fire

  St. Lawrence County sees jump in sales tax revenue

  Robinson rape and sexual abuse trial underway in St. Lawrence County Court

  Balmat mine could expand due to promising zinc veins

  Columbus Day replaced by Indigenous People’s Day in Potsdam schools

  Massena library wants to spread support among nearby towns

  Football fever in Gouverneur as high school team heads to state championship

  Tenants frustrated over evacuations at apartment complex

  O’Brien named as incoming St. Lawrence County undersheriff

  Heuvelton to save millions of dollars with new sewer line

  Old school to become new housing for homeless

  Ogdensburg City Council wants to make it tougher to oust city manager

  Spotlight shines on 21st Congressional District

Town approves loan so Massena hospital workers can get paid

  Massena school district asks voters to approve $49.7M project

Curran Renewable Energy recovering from fire

  Mayor-elect wants Ogdensburg to delay new union contracts

  Officials discuss future flooding on St. Lawrence River

  Mohawks, marijuana and NY law

  Norfolk salutes local veteran who became war hero in France

  Gifts stolen from Christmas Giving Tree program

  Esports teams compete at St. Lawrence County high schools

  Star Lake losing only grocery store

  How a rebel candidate won write-in campaign for Ogdensburg mayor

  Ogdensburg waterfront gets big money to build higher and stronger