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, NJ. At Rowan University, one of his teachers was longtime KYW South Jersey bureau chief Ed Kasuba. Besides attending classes at Rowan, Benkin worked as sports director there 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 Newsradio 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 now serves as a fill-in for Temple University’s basketball broadcasts.
Benkin was ESPN Radio’s Philadelphia correspondent for a number of years, and also anchored their “Sports Center” program on radio. He also writes news and sports features for the South Jersey regional newspaper, The Central Record, and has been heard as play-by-play announcer for the Trenton Thunder, the Trenton Titans, and the Reading Royals.
Besides his sports reporting duties at KYW Newsradio, Benkin also does updates at our sister sports radio station, 94 WIP.
Ed lives in Burlington Township, NJ, with his two girls: Lauren, born in November 2004, and Jessica, born in June 2008.
Jim Schwartz is ready to make his mark on the Eagles new look defense.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles rookies had their first day of on the field work on Friday.
The Flyers are looking ahead to an off-season full of changes.
For the second time in seven years, the Flyers are hoping to rise from the dead in the post-season.
Change is clearly in the air as the Doug Pederson era begins in Philadelphia.
The loss of Ed Snider had been difficult for the Flyers’ family. For the players, getting back on the ice proved to be therapeutic.
In 2009, the Wildcats lost to North Carolina, 83-69, and the Tar Heels would go on to win the national championship.
Miami is 27-7 and finished third in the powerful ACC Conference.
The Villanova Wildcats made it clear from the start there would be no early exit this time.
The loss by Temple also denied the Delaware Valley an all-Big 5 Matchup on Sunday. Villanova advanced with ease as the Wildcats blew past UNC Asheville, 86-56.
They will play in the last game on the last day of the first round, as they are set for a 9:57 p.m. ET tip-off with Cincinnati. While many of the St. Joe’s supporters won’t be able to make the trip, the Hawks appear to be in their element as they hit the road for the opening weekend of the tournament.
Getting to the second weekend of the tournament has been a problem for Villanova. The Wildcats have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2009, the year the program made it to the Final Four.
St. Joseph’s had a difficult ending to its season last week with losses to St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.
Fran Dunphy’s squad is heading to Orlando for the start of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Villanova is 26-4 and has already clinched the Big East regular season crown. The Hoyas are 14-16.