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Katie Benner is a New York Times reporter who covers the Department of Justice in the United States.

Katie Benner childhood and education

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Katie Benner

Benner grew up in Vermont and attended Bowdoin College in Maine, majoring in English. She traveled to Beijing to teach English after graduating in 1999 with “zero notion” about a future path.

She freelanced for the Beijing Review, covering anything from monks to music throughout her time there.

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Following the September 11 attacks, she began gathering data on how the tragedy impacted American expatriates. She submitted the concept to the Portland Press Herald in Maine after a friend suggested making a fascinating news storey. She had connections there, having worked at a deli in college and made sandwiches for several of the newspaper’s writers and editors on a daily basis. The Press Herald accepted the report, which launched her career as a journalist in the United States.

Katie Benner Career

After returning to the United States, her first work was as a CNN Money reporter. Despite her lack of financial experience, she was hired after telling a sceptical job interviewer:

I’m broke, and I’m going to put in a lot of effort. I’m willing to learn. Asking questions about things you don’t know and discovering answers is the essence of journalism.

After CNN Money, she worked as a Fortune correspondent in New York for seven years, covering financial markets, hedge funds, and private equity.

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She then worked as a staff writer for three short periods. She “retired early” from The Information, a publication for the technology business. She was a technology journalist for Bloomberg, where she wrote a daily newsletter and reported on Silicon Valley’s “cult and culture.”

TheStreet hired her to write synopses of Jim Cramer’s radio and television shows, which she described as “journalistic drudgery.” “Yeah, it got a little repetitious,” she said. Benner was hired as a technology correspondent and the new Apple beat reporter by The New York Times in 2015. She started as a Justice Department reporter in their Washington bureau in 2017.

Her piece “Women in Tech Speak Honestly on the Culture of Harassment” was published as part of a New York Times collection that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2018.

In Silicon Valley, Benner described endemic and engrained predatory conduct toward women. Benner was one of the reporters that broke the storey regarding the Matt Gaetz inquiry into possible sexual interactions with juveniles at the Justice Department.

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Benner has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Marketplace Radio.

Workplace culture

Benner has been hailed as “a master at digging into failing organisations,” as well as being “very meticulous” and funny.

She utilises various messaging apps and performs “nearly everything” on her iPhone to answer as promptly as possible.

Katie Benner Private life

Benner is married and resides in Washington, D.C.

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She is a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees.

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