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

Ex-teacher fired for hosting drinking parties won’t get job back

  Mom still seeks answers about son’s death in house fire

  Ogdensburg mayoral race shaken up by write-in campaign

  Woman sentenced to probation & 4 weekends in jail in death of grandson

  Man wants to make and sell solar power in Potsdam

Canton could be home to north country’s largest solar farm

  Boy Scout gets classroom moved outdoors

  Effort to free ship apparently coming soon

  Court rules 1 person can run for elected office in 2 towns after SLC case

  Construction delays affect SLU hockey games

  A rock solid idea for teaching geology

  Morristown’s closed bridge could be road to new opportunity

  Human remains create mystery at Heuvelton water tower construction site

  St. Lawrence County debates sales tax split

  2 students were shocked by electronic device on Gouverneur school bus, principal says

  Alleged Gouverneur hate crime caught on video, court papers show

  Seaway visitors’ center to receive $6M upgrade

  Inspector finds dangers at Canton trailer park

  Potsdam students protest climate change

  Healthy choices offered through farm-to-school program

  Fishing enthusiasts angle for prize fish in Massena

  Book recounts dark moment in Massena history

  Judge rules woman can keep property set to be sold at tax auction

  Anglers take to the St. Lawrence for major bass tourney

  Massena Arena gets new roof

Man admits being a major drug trafficker in St. Lawrence County

  Ogdensburg eyesores come tumbling down

  $170M in flood resiliency projects recommended for in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties

  Clarkson University remembers alumni who died in 9/11 attacks

  Canton’s fire department celebrates 150th anniversary