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

Firefighters keep Lisbon fire from spreading

Salvation Army closing Ogdensburg thrift store

  Collegiate bass fishing enthusiasts get hooked on St. Lawrence River

  Recycling center planned as disposal costs soar

  Potsdam to vote Wednesday on tax increase for library

  St. Lawrence County buses connecting with colleges

  Potsdam’s largest cemetery falls on hard times

  What can be done about abandoned cemeteries?

  Firefighters push back against pick for emergency services head

  St. Regis Mohawks celebrate new gathering place

  Potsdam Chamber of Commerce gets new leader

  Uncertainty over flooding haunts St. Lawrence River residents

  Last Mohawk ‘code talker’ laid to rest

  Ogdensburg pumper was due for replacement in next couple of years