Liz Benjamin

Liz Benjamin

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Liz Benjamin is the host of “Capital Tonight”,  an hour-long TV show that airs nightly on TWC News and focuses on New York politics and policy. She has held this position for a little over five years. Benjamin is also the creator and editor of “State of Politics”, the show’s companion blog.

Prior to joining TWC News, Benjamin worked for four years at the New York Daily News, where she blogged at “The Daily Politics” on the nexus between NYC and Albany, and also wrote a weekly column. Before her stint at a downstate tabloid, Benjamin worked for ten years at the Albany Times Union, where she covered everything from towns to Albany City Hall to the state Capitol, where she launched “Capitol Confidential” – the first blog focused on state politics operated out of the Capitol, which is still running strong today.

Benjamin has an MSJ from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a BA in political science and French from the University of Rochester. She grew up in New Paltz, and is the daughter of Prof. Gerald Benjamin, an oft-quoted expert on state government and politics. Benjamin is married to Steve Smith, spokesman for the Albany Police Department, with whom she lives in Rensselaer County.

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