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

  Potsdam police seek help solving gravestone mystery

  Changes, with more to come, at Massena hospital

  Schools begin cracking down on students using cell phones

  High water delays, but doesn’t deny anglers in annual Bassmaster tournament

  Ogdensburg teen speaks out after being attacked in his home with a hammer

  Mall burglars caught after hitting same stores two nights in a row

  Repairs back underway along Ogdensburg waterfront

  Democrat, Republican launch Ogdensburg write-in campaign

  Potsdam apartment complex gets new owner, fresh start

  Madrid stores worry, as Dollar General prepares to open

  Newspaper company gets $400,000 loan from economic developers

  New Hammond superintendent looks to improve school’s relationship with community

  Firefighters quickly douse flames at old cheese factory

  Some organic farmers worry about weed killer use

  SLC lawmakers bring back message about jobs from Washington

  Local school officials weigh in on vaccination law

  A hopping good time!

  St. Lawrence County makes strides with ‘zombie properties’

  Hammond town hall, library could get new home

  High water won’t dampen Seaway Festival’s spirit

  Digging up history in Potsdam

  Union voices concerns as local customs officials transfer to southern border

  Everyone has a favorite in Morristown parade

  Recycling transfer station planned in Harrisville

  $54M soybean processing plant planned for Massena

  Clarkson startup wants to build factory in Potsdam

  Why 48 years later - this Vietnam veteran is now getting his diploma

  Ogdensburg man sees outpouring of support after fire destroys his home

Fire destroys Ogdensburg home

  ‘Meaningful relief’ will take several weeks for flood victims