Elizabeth Benjamin (journalist)

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Elizabeth Benjamin (born c. 1972[1]) is a reporter for Time Warner Cable News (TWCN), serving as the editor-in-chief of "State of Politics," a blog covering the politics of the state of New York, and as the host of the daily political news and interview show Capital Tonight. She has been employed with TWCN's predeceessor YNN and NY1 since April 2011. Prior to this, previously wrote a column for the New York Daily News, also covering state and city politics,[2][3] and before her post at the News, she reported for the Albany Times-Union and blogged under its Capitol Confidential blog.[4]

She currently appears as a political pundit on radio shows such as WNYC's the Brian Lehrer Show and on TV shows on channels such as CUNY-TV and NY1; in addition to her regular blog for TWCN, she also serves as a semi-regular columnist for the online publication Capital New York.

In 2013 she married Steven Smith, spokesman for the Albany police department. The two had met at a news conference earlier that year. Smith, then training for his first-ever triathlon, was training for his first-ever triathlon even when he was directed towards Benjamin, a past Ironman participant who has a tattoo from that event on her calf. They began training together and eventually dating. New York's chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, officiated at the ceremony, held in Poughkeepsie.[5]


  • 2009 Hal Hovey Award [6]