Ed Benkin has been reporting sports for KYW Newsradio since April 2004, but he’s long been a familiar face in the KYW newsroom and around the Delaware Valley.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey, Benkin attended Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey. At Rowan University, one of his teachers was longtime KYW South Jersey bureau chief Ed Kasuba. Besides attending classes at Rowan, Benkin worked as the sports director at its radio station, WGLS, where he also did play-by-play and hosted a sports talk show.
Benkin was first hired as a desk assistant at KYW in 1991. Then in 1993, a South Jersey cable TV system beckoned, so Benkin made the leap as its sports director, anchoring and handling play-by-play and sports-talk duties.
Benkin worked as a sports announcer for Princeton University from 1995 to 2013, doing play-by-play during their football games and often for hockey, lacrosse, and basketball games as well. He has served as a fill-in for Temple University’s football and basketball broadcasts.
Benkin was ESPN Radio’s Philadelphia correspondent for a number of years and also anchored its national “Sports Center” program on radio. He also wrote a book, “The First 50 Super Bowls,” which was published in 2017.
Benkin lives in Burlington Township, New Jersey, with his two daughters, Lauren and Jessica.