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

  Cluster of COVID-19 cases in Massena home for disabled

  COVID-19 puts major power project on hold, officials want another project postponed

  With 14 coronavirus cases, what’s going on in Massena?

  Senior citizens affected by isolation during pandemic

  SUNY Potsdam students react to having COVID-19: ‘But I’m not sick!’

Students who tested positive for coronavirus have been isolated since returning to campus, officials say

  Getting information to the Amish during COVID-19 pandemic

Traffic numbers plunge at north country bridges linked to Canada

  Want info about COVID-19 & more? There’s an app for that in St. Lawrence County

  Lack of internet is obstacle to educating students online

  College professors adjust to teaching from home

  The school lunch line in a COVID-19 world

  St. Lawrence County works to ensure childcare for essential workers

  St. Lawrence County hospitals make big changes during pandemic

  SUNY students get answers on refunds, graduation

Kitchen help and drivers needed for senior meal program

  Curbside pickups offered for books and laptops

  Ogdensburg mayor calls for ouster of city manager, police supervisors union opposes it

  What border closure means for Ogdensburg business

  COVID-19, loss of students take toll on eateries in college towns

  St. Lawrence County to open war room to fight COVID-19

  Parents face challenges as kids stay home from school

  Ice fisherman, shanty, ATV plunge into river

  COVID-19 concerns prompt plenty of community, school cancellations

  Local nursing homes, meal centers affected by threat of COVID-19

  Local college students react to campus coronavirus changes

O’burg employer lays off workers, no reason given

  Vote underway on new water district in Louisville

  Work begins on Smart Path high-voltage power project

  Mountain Warriors sled hockey tourney returns to Canton