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

  Teen’s death protested outside Social Services office

  NY’s biggest transmission line project underway in St. Lawrence County

  7 News speaks with murder victim’s mother

  Stepbrother describes years of abuse in murder victim’s household

  Wandering bear pays a visit to Potsdam

  13-year-old charged in death of Gouverneur girl; home visited by police several times

  Gouverneur residents mourn teen’s death

  Pistol permits at center of St. Lawrence County judge primary

  Lockdown weary people enjoy getting outside despite the heat

  Cuts are coming to Massena Public Library after vote

Boxes of farm products handed out in Massena

  Families excited to visit loved ones in group homes

  End of an era as Masssena Hospital closes maternity unit

  St. Lawrence County describes ‘chaotic’ primary election

  For many local churches, this will be opening weekend

  Lisbon farmer, separated from family in Canada, still won’t be reunited

  Old Ogdensburg school turned into inn

  Lisbon continues tradition of kindergarten graduation

  Ogdensburg City Council argues over phone calls to lawyer

  School districts bombarded with ballots as governor extends voting deadline

  Protests concern local officials about spread of COVID-19

  Library, some residents outraged after town tells them how to vote

  Cancellation of fair disappoints sheep exhibitors

  Hair salons work to keep clients safe from COVID-19

  SUNY Potsdam apologizes over campus police Facebook post

Ogdensburg’s Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center calls back furloughed workers

  Potsdam pecks away at law to allow villagers to raise chickens

  Ogdensburg lawmakers deadlocked, have shouting matches on airport security

  Two St. Lawrence County legislators step down mid-term

  Organizers are getting ready for Bassmaster Elite in Waddington