Benita Zahn

August 25, 2016 03:56 PM

Benita Zahn, DPS, co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 5 and 6 with Jim Kambrich. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends. She also co-produces and hosts "Health LINK" Thursday nights on WMHT and writes a weekly column for the ’Live Smart’ page in the Times Union.

Benita's work has garnered her numerous awards, including the 2015 Resourceful Woman Award (Troy YWCA), 2014 Arthur Kapner Spirit of the Chamber Award (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber), named one of the 100 Women of the Century (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber), seven-time Emmy nominee, NYS Broadcasters award recipient, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal - New York Festival's International Television, Distinguished Communicator Award/ American Women in Radio and Television, Women Against MS honoree, the NYS Health Education Week Award, media awards from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, 2014.

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Benita has also covered numerous national political conventions, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Unabomber trial.

Benita is Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run. She is also on the boards of Kelly's Cause, Building on Love which supports Ronald McDonald House and Park Playhouse. Benita is an avid runner and active in local theater. Her theater credits include performances at Capital Rep, Fort Salem Theater, Park Playhouse, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater and Schenectady Light Opera.

Benita earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics in 2014 from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute where she also earned a Masters in Bioethics.

Benita also completed the Lake George Triathlon in 2015.

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