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

  Volunteers needed to help feed seniors in St. Lawrence County

  Massena Meals on Wheels asks folks to ‘stock the pot’

  Wanakena’s new history center to show how community survived and thrived

  Methadone clinic proposed for St. Lawrence Centre Mall

  City officials, firefighters at odds over Ogdensburg’s new dispatch policy

  Massena’s elementary schools to open Tuesday, decision on other grades expected soon

A Norfolk garage fire sends a firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries

  2 years after fire, ribbon cut at Canton’s new Dairy Queen

  Potsdam High School suspends in-person classes after 2 COVID-19 cases are confirmed

‘Good, honest and frank’ sales tax talks begin in St. Lawrence County

  St. Lawrence County in mad dash to get people counted

  SUNY Potsdam joins global network to track migratory birds

  Fire destroys Canton garage

  Parents, athletes rally in favor of playing Section 10 sports

  Schools see traffic back-ups as parents play it safe, drive kids to class

  Ship stalls, navigation suspended in St. Lawrence Seaway

Police: no link between 3 suspicious vehicle fires in Norwood

  51 people tested for COVID-19 at special site in Massena

  Massena COVID-19 testing site open until 2 p.m.

  Potsdam narrows down downtown revitalization list to 15 projects

  Surge in COVID-19 cases is game changer in Massena

  Police investigate 3 suspicious vehicle fires in Norwood

  Mayors: it’s time to change sales tax plan with St. Lawrence County

Massena reels in big fishing tourney

  25 students sent home from St. Lawrence, Clarkson universities for breaking COVID-19 rules

  Ogdensburg’s new police chief wants to see ‘stabilization of department’

Ogdensburg appoints new police chief

  Petition challenges change to Ogdensburg’s city charter

  Founders of Massena cryptocurrency mine battle each other in court

  Neighbors detail attack at Norfolk home, State Police investigating