Benita Zahn co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 5 and 6 with Jim Kambrich. She is also the station’s health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends. Thursday nights on WMHT, she co-produces and hosts HealthLINK.
Benita’s work has garnered her numerous awards, including being named one of the 100 Women of the Century by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, the Arthur Kapner Spirit of the Chamber Award, a three-time Emmy nominee, NYS Broadcasters award recipient, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal – New York Festival’s International Television, the Distinguished Communicator Award from American Women in Radio and Television, YMCA Citizen of the Year, the NYS Health Education Week Award, media awards from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.
She has also covered numerous national political conventions, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the aftermath Hurricane Sandy, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Unabomber trial.
Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run, Benita is also on the boards of Kelly’s Cause, Building on Love which supports Ronald McDonald House, and Park Playhouse. She is a doctoral candidate at Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute, where she earned her Masters Degree in bioethics.
Benita is an avid runner and active in local theater. Her theater credits include performances at the Fort Salem Theater, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater, Schenectady Light Opera and Park Playhouse. This past summer, she co-starred at Fort Salem Theater with Jessica Layton in No Boundaries.