Former reporter Liz Benjamin covered state and NYC government and politics for more than two decades, working in print, TV and online. Liz began at the Albany Times Union, where she spent a decade covering local government, City Hall, and the state capitol and launched the Capitol Confidential blog. She spent four years at the Daily News as a blogger and columnist. Before joining Marathon, Liz hosted Spectrum News’s “Capital Tonight” for eight years.
What influenced you to pursue a career in this field?
I have always been fascinated by the process that leads to policy. When I was ready to leave journalism, this was a natural next step. Also, my boss, Phil Singer, is one of the best in the business. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to work for and with him.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in a career in public relations or lobbying?
There is no one way in the door. If you’re passionate about government, politics, and/or politics – preferably all of the above – and you enjoy switching gears multiple times a day and putting out unexpected fires, you’ll do well. No two days are the same, which makes for a very interesting work experience.
What skills do you think are most useful to succeed in this industry?
You need to develop a thick skin and the ability to juggle multiple flaming clubs at once. Work on maintaining relationships, and not taking it personally when your side doesn’t win.