As the supervising web producer in charge of news content on CP24.com, Sandie Benitah is responsible for engaging CP24's web audience with the latest breaking news. Benitah provides editorial direction to her team of web journalists at CP24.com and can be seen on-air with online reaction to the day's top stories.
Benitah joined Bell Media in June 2007, as a Web Journalist for CTVNews.ca, moving to CP24.com in June 2010 where she was subsequently promoted to senior writer in April 2011. While at Bell Media, Benitah has covered the Tori Stafford murder trial, the Ontario budget, numerous elections (Federal, Provincial and Municipal), the funerals of Jack Layton and a number of fallen police officers as well as high-profile murder cases and the controversies at City Hall.
Benitah, a proud graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program, started her career in the media industry as a print journalist. She worked as a city hall reporter for a Toronto community paper before being promoted to the position of city editor. She was also a regular columnist, penning contributions for a number of publications, including the Toronto Sun. Some of her interview highlights include Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Dalton McGuinty and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson among others.
Though she is a news hound, Benitah has a special interest in stories that focus on mental health. She hopes her work in this field will help eradicate the stigma around mental health and will reach those who suffer silently.
When she's not on the hunt for a story, Benitah is on the prowl for antique books. An avid book collector, Benitah loves nothing more than finding a great deal on an old classic.
Born in Paris, France, Benitah moved to Canada when she was a year old. Her parents made sure she never forgot her mother tongue by speaking French at home and bringing her back to France frequently to visit her large extended family. She earned her French proficiency certificate from Sorbonne University in Paris in 2002. Though she loves Paris, Benitah considers Toronto home and often says she wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world.
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