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

St. Lawrence County’s Social Services chief to retire

  Massena police release 911 call of man allegedly threatening to kill officers

  Ogdensburg mayor mulls combining fire and police chief positions

  Morley business owner vows to rebuild after fire

  Campground left flooded and frozen

  SLU hockey returns to Appelton Arena

  St. Lawrence County sees big changes in handgun rules

Demolition crews clear land for new Dairy Queen in Canton

A sneak peek at sports betting at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

  ‘Little treasures’ found as water levels drop on part of St. Lawrence River

Will Robinson face a second trial on sex abuse charge?

  School store breaks down barriers in Canton

  Sunday’s wintry mix a relief for St. Lawrence County

  Stores being cleared out as people prepare for the ice storm

  Massena Hospital slashes costs

  St. Lawrence Centre hooks major fishing expo

  ‘Miracle bridge’ now open to snowmobilers

  What hiring freeze means to Ogdensburg

  Jail populations drop under bail reform, but will taxpayers save money?

  St. Lawrence County’s sheriff retires, reflects on career

  New year, new name & new owner for Massena hospital

  North country weather - from bad to worse

  Canton Dairy Queen to be demolished?

  St. Lawrence County Court Judge Richards retires from bench

  Fire damages Norwood apartment & causes evacuation next door

  In Star Lake, it’s all-aboard the grocery express

  Alcoa retirees unite to fight life insurance termination

  Lodge helps families affected by cancer to reconnect

  SUNY Canton offers degree in Esports Management

  St. Regis Mohawks could sell medical marijuana as soon as this spring