Katie Benner is an American reporter for The New York Times covering the United States Department of Justice.

Katie Benner
Katie Benner at the 2018 Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony
EducationBowdoin College
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Public Service (2018)

Early life and education


Benner grew up in Vermont and was an English major at Bowdoin College, in Maine.[1] After graduating in 1999 with "zero idea" about a career plan, she moved to Beijing to teach English.[2] While there, she wrote freelance for the Beijing Review,[1] a media outlet designated as a foreign mission by the State Department,[3] about everything from monks to music.[4] In the wake of the September 11 attacks, she began collecting information on how the event affected American expatriates. Prompted by a friend's suggestion that this idea would make an interesting news story, she pitched it to the Portland Press Herald in Maine. She had some contacts there, having worked at a deli in her college days, regularly making sandwiches for several of the newspaper's writers and editors. The Press Herald accepted the story, launching her U.S. journalistic career.[2]



Her first job back in the U.S. was as a reporter with CNN Money. With no experience in finance, she got the job after telling a skeptical job interviewer:

I am broke, and I will work extremely hard. I can learn. All journalism is, is asking questions about things you don't know and finding answers.[2]

CNN Money was followed by a seven-year run as a New York–based Fortune reporter covering financial markets, hedge funds and private equity.[5] She then had three short stints as a staff writer. She "exited early" from The Information, a technology industry publication.[6][4] At Bloomberg she was a technology columnist reporting on Silicon Valley's "cult and culture" and writing a daily newsletter.[7] This was followed by a position she described as "journalistic drudgery", writing synopses of Jim Cramer's radio and television shows for TheStreet. She opined that, "Yeah, it got a little repetitive."[1] In 2015, The New York Times hired Benner as a technology reporter and its new Apple beat reporter.[8] In 2017, she joined their Washington bureau as a Justice Department reporter.[9]

Her article "Women in Tech Speak Frankly on the Culture of Harassment"[10] was part of a New York Times collection[11] that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Benner described pervasive and ingrained predatory behavior toward women in Silicon Valley.[12] Benner was one of the reporters who broke the story about the Justice Department's Matt Gaetz investigation of alleged sexual relationships with minors.

Benner has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Marketplace Radio.[13]

Work style


Benner has been described as "masterful at digging into troubled companies", incredibly thorough and quite witty.[4] She uses multiple message apps to respond as quickly as possible and does "almost everything" on her iPhone.[14]

Personal life


Benner lives in Washington, D.C.,[9] and is married.[14] She is a trustee of Bowdoin College.[15] She is a knitter.[16]


  • Benner, Katie (July 5, 2007). "Subprime contagion?". CNN Money.
  • Benner, Katie (July 11, 2008). "The $5 trillion mess". CNN Money.
  • Benner, Katie (December 22, 2010). "A Dyed-and-True Imprint". The New York Times.
  • Benner, Katie (June 13, 2011). "Michael Dell's dilemma". Fortune.
  • Benner, Katie (January 22, 2021). "Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.
  • Benner, Katie; Schmidt, Michael S. (April 1, 2021). "Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women". The New York Times.


  1. ^ a b c Murphy, Dean; Tam, Pui-Wing (June 5, 2015). "Katie Benner Joins New York Times as Technology Reporter". nytco.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Long, Julius (September 23, 2019). "A Conversation with New York Times Reporter Katie Benner '99". bowdoin.edu. Bowdoin College. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Pompeo says U.S. Designates six more Chinese media firms as foreign missions". Reuters. October 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Lessin, Jessica (September 17, 2013). "Ace Wall Street Reporter Katie Benner Joins Our Team!". jessicalessin.com. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Katie Benner". Fortune. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Marr, Merissa (Fall–Winter 2016). "Inside (The) Information". Columbia Journalism Review. pp. 62–69. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  7. ^ Barr, Jeremy (August 18, 2014). "Bloomberg View names Katie Benner tech columnist". Politico. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Sterne, Peter (June 8, 2015). "Media Pro: Apple loosening its grip?; No instances of 'instant articles'". Politico. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Bumiller, Elisabeth; Fiscus, Amy (November 21, 2017). "Katie Benner Named Justice Department Reporter". nytco.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Benner, Katie (June 30, 2017). "Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Harassed". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Goldfine, Rebecca (April 25, 2018). "Katie Benner '99 is Part of Pulitzer-Prize Winning Team". bowdoin.edu. Bowdoin College. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  13. ^ "Katie Benner". Techonomy. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Benner, Katie (November 15, 2017). "When Using 5 Messaging Apps Is Not Enough". The New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "Board of Trustees". bowdoin.edu. Bowdoin College. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  16. ^ Cox, Cherella (January 4, 2006). "Roll With the Yarn Ballers". TheStreet. Retrieved October 4, 2022.