Richard Benedetto, White House/national political correspondent for USA TODAY, will speak at a June 6 luncheon during RVIA’s annual Committee Week, being held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 6-9.
Benedetto is a founding member of USA TODAY, and in addition to reporting on the White House and national politics, currently writes a weekly political column for the Gannett News Service, which serves the Gannett Co.’s 102 daily newspapers. The column also appears on USATODAY.com.
Benedetto has reported on government and politics on the local, state and national levels for the past 34 years. He has covered the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and now George W. Bush along with the presidential campaigns of 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
A native of Utica, N.Y., Benedetto began his journalism career with the Buffalo, (N.Y.), Evening News, and held government reporting positions with the Utica Daily Press and Observer-Dispatch. He also worked in the Albany bureau of Gannett News Service, covering state government/politics during the Gov. Hugh Carey administration. He wrote USA TODAY’s first front-page cover story on its initial day of publication. USA TODAY is now the nation’s largest newspaper.
Benedetto is currently writing a memoir of his long reporting career, “Politicians Are People, Too,” to be published in late 2005 by University Press of America.
RVIA will honor Benedetto with its Spirit of America Award during the luncheon.