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2003 – 2005 — Freelance writer for Charlevoix Courier, Petoskey News-Review, Castle Farms website, Northern Express

2005 – 2008 — Staff Writer at Charlevoix Courier, pieces also appeared in Petoskey News-Review and Gaylord Herald Times

2008 – 2010 — Editor Charlevoix Courier

2009 – Present — Editor, Page Designer, News Writer, Advertising Design, Co-Owner Boyne City Gazette (print + digital)

2010 – 2011 — Publisher Modern Caveman Magazine, short-run men’s humor mag

Benjamin’s work has also appeared in Grand Traverse Woman Magazine, The L.A. Journal, Strike-The-Root, and a number of Northern Michigan niche publications.


Honors – While Benjamin has received a number of awards and honors for creative nonfiction writing and journalism, here listed are a few:

2018 – Finalist, Iowa Review Literary Prize Creative Nonfiction

2018 – 2nd Place, Michigan Press Association (MPA) Newspaper of the Year

2017 – 2nd Place, MPA Best column

2017 – 2nd Place, MPA Best Editorial

2015 – 2nd Place, MPA Best Local Columnist

2015 – 3rd Place, MPA Best Editorial Writing

2014 – 1st Place, MPA General Excellence Award

2012 – 3rd Place, MPA Best Editorial Writing

2007 – 2nd Place, MPA Best Local columnist