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.
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.
St. Bonaventure is one of only three teams which has beaten St. Joseph’s over the past 23 games.
Villanova is now the number three team in the nation, but the Wildcats insist their attention isn’t focused on the rankings.
The last time Villanova played Xavier, the Wildcats made it look easy. They don’t expect the same scenario in Wednesday night’s rematch.
The Temple Owls basketball team is ready for the challenge of playing No. 1 Villanova.
Villanova has the number one ranking in college basketball, but the Wildcats insist being number one won’t get to their heads.
After falling to St. Bonaventure, 83-73, at Hagan Arena, the Hawks will look to rebound on Saturday with a road game at Fordham. Phil Martelli’s squad has yet to lose two games in a row this season, and the Hawks head coach says the team has already dissected its loss to the Bonnies and is ready to move on to the next challenge.
Celek agreed to a three-year extension, while Johnson signed a six-year deal which will run through 2021.
Fran Dunphy discusses the importance of his team keeping their composure as they continue through the season.
The Eagles are undergoing a lot of changes as Doug Pederson takes over.
Last year, the St. Joseph’s Men’s Basketball Team won a total of 13 games. The Hawks can equal that total this season with just one more victory.