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

  Community meeting planned in wake of teens’ suicides

  On 4/20, Akwesasne demands legal pot sales sooner rather than later

  SUNY Potsdam to review how sexual assault, harassment cases handled

  $hip comes in for Port of Ogdensburg

  Fire guts Norfolk garage & workshop

  SUNY Potsdam student, former professor speak out about sexual harassment, abuse allegations

  Ogdensburg’s library caught in crossfire between city hall and school district

  Another teen suicide blamed on internet blackmail

Moody’s Ogdensburg report: the good, the bad & the ugly

Local colleges see uptick in COVID cases

  Canton’s long wait for new McDonald’s restaurant will soon end

  Ogdensburg’s fire department could see more job cuts

  Remembering Riley Basford after internet blackmail pushed him to ‘split second of madness’

  Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority looks to build childcare center

  Fort de la Presentation gets new property, plans makeover

  Child advocates call for reform after Brasher Falls 7-year-old is charged with rape

  Protesters challenge St. Lawrence County’s police reform plan

  Akwesasne territory prepares for marijuana sales on NY side

  Why thousands of fish died near Ogdensburg’s Maple City Trail

  Potsdam company, recipient of $700K worth of state grants, ponders leaving NY

  Catholic education could return to Canton in a new way

  Otis Technology donates PPE to police in St. Lawrence County

  Frustration mounts as some still can’t visit loved ones in nursing homes

  Gillibrand, in Morristown, pushes for school money

  Arson suspected after fire at Gouverneur Boxing Club, owner vows to reopen

  Some Louisville taxpayers voice concerns over town’s newly acquired golf club

  Potsdam sees ‘medical tourism’ as people drive hundreds of miles to get COVID vaccine

Ogdensburg mayor arraigned on harassment charge

  St. Lawrence County uses survey to get handle on broadband problem

Driver ticketed in propane tanker crash