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

  Vaccine distribution points in St. Lawrence County: 2 open, 3 others not yet

  Local officials react positively to federal mask mandate for travel

Search on Black Lake halted due to temperatures

  Teen’s body found in Black Lake, search continues for her father

  Potsdam’s state-run vaccination site gets ready to open

  Ogdensburg’s mayor charged with harassment, vows to fight complaint

  Ogdensburg assistant fire chief suspended

  COVID surge in SLC prisons is ‘terrifying,’ says inmate’s wife

Deputies a step closer to getting body cameras

  Boutique Air has adds Massena to Baltimore flight

  Judge hears arguments in dispute over Ogdensburg firefighters layoffs

  St. Lawrence County lawmaker wants to reduce home heating costs

  Third person resigns from Potsdam’s police reform committee

  St. Lawrence County’s new legislature chair could mean new chance for sales tax deal

  St. Lawrence County Legislature could see leadership shakeup, sources say

  Fire destroys garage in town of Pierrepont

  Controversy surrounds Canton town clerk successor

  Fire damages part of Amish home

  Gouverneur prison has 50 inmates with COVID

  Medical transport drivers take financial hit, worry about future

  At nursing home hit hard by COVID, music to warm hearts

  Sales tax deal in the works for Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County

  Helping Hands shocked to get $10K from anonymous donor

  Ambulance squads need PPE, but can’t fundraise to buy it

  Police investigate incident between Ogdensburg mayor and fire captain

  Drivers who take nursing home residents to appointments face challenges during pandemic

  Demonstration draws attention to workplace violence at Ogdensburg City Hall

  Ogdensburg nursing home requests help as it reports 10th COVID death

  Outside cases keep some St. Lawrence County schools remote

  Waddington hardware store stays open thanks to help from family and friends