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.
The negotiations were described as good, honest and frank. St. Lawrence County Chair Joseph Lightfoot used those words as the county sat down Thursday morning to begin negotiations on a new plan to split sales tax revenue with towns, villages and the city of Ogdensburg.
The fall semester only just began, but 25 college students in St. Lawrence County have have already been sent home. Officials at Clarkson and St. Lawrence universities said the students violated the rules that were set up to prevent the spread of COVID-19.