Richard Benedetto, native Utican and retired USA Today White House correspondent and columnist, will discuss his new book Around and About, A reporter’s love letter to the people and places of Utica and Oneida County, on Monday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oneida County History Center. The book is a collection of 121 human-interest columns published 1974-1976 when Benedetto was a reporter with the Utica Observer-Dispatch.  Its columns are warm celebrations of the good people, interesting places and time-honored traditions that compose the heart and soul of the Utica and Oneida County community. And while they were written more than four decades ago, they contain many timely, relevant and heart-warming messages to readers today.

“Around and About is a warm dessert crafted to entertain, delight and inspire. It is meant to be enjoyed in small bites whenever the reader is looking for a relaxing break from the chores of day-to-day living. Who doesn’t need that?” ~Richard Benedetto

Richard Benedetto is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service.  He reported on local, state and national government and politics for nearly 40 years and continues to write political commentary for publications such as Politico.  Benedetto is a founding member of USA Today, joining in 1982, and wrote the national newspaper’s first Page One cover story.  Benedetto covered the White House during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.  He has covered every national political convention since 1972 and every presidential campaign since 1984.  He is a member of the Oneida County Living Legends class of 2017.  Today, Benedetto is an adjunct professor of Journalism at American University in Washington, DC.

This program takes place in the History Center’s main gallery on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the program starts at 5:30 PM. All proceeds from books sold during the event will benefit the History Center.


The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( or page for additional information.

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