Kyle Benjamin

POSTED: 5:07 PM Mar 11 2013   UPDATED: 2:40 PM May 09 2014

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Kyle Benjamin is News 5 WCYB’s weekend news anchor and joins us from Missoula, Montana where he worked for our sister station, NBC Montana.

Kyle grew up in North Carolina, but has strong ties to the Tri-Cities. His wife is from the Tennessee side of Bristol, and they still have family in the area.

Kyle has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Carson-Newman College, where he played football from 2004 to 2006.

If you'd like to contact Kyle with a news tip or just to say hello, email him at, or click here to visit his Facebook page.

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Va. General Assembly introduces sexual assault bills

The Virginia general assembly is taking on sexual assaults on college campuses. Right now two bills are making the rounds that would change how schools report assaults and how students who violate a school's conduct policy are treated in the future.

TN General Assembly to focus on Insure Tennessee

On Monday the Tennessee General Assembly will take up an issue projected to impact 280,000 people in the state, Gov. Bill Haslam's ambitious healthcare initiative- Insure Tennessee.


GPS gets truck driver stuck in national forest

A winding mountain road proved to be too much for a tractor-trailer on the way to Damascus.


Haslam visits Johnson City to answer Insure Tennessee questions

Next week the Tennessee state legislature will gavel in on a special session to discuss healthcare in the Volunteer State.

Local computer company offers help to small businesses

A small business from Greeneville wants other small businesses to be safe online.

Bristol, Tennessee police cracking down on window tint violations

Bristol, Tennessee Police have a new tool at their disposal for enforcing laws about vehicle window tint.


Haysi staple more than just a home-grown pizza place

It's a story of prosperity, familiarity, perseverance, and new beginnings -- a small business in a small town growing even as jobs in the area are drying up, but that's not the whole story.

Sam's Club offering free health screenings through October

A national chain of stores wants to help you meet your health goals for the new year.

Glass recycling company to create nearly 50 jobs

Glass recycling company Nulife Glass is planning to open an operation there in Bristol, Virginia, creating 46 jobs.

Construction continues to confound business along Highway 36

A $42 million road project is still more than seven months away from completion. The multi-year construction effort to widen Highway 36 between Highway 75 to the north and Boones Creek Road to the South is causing headaches for more than just drivers.

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Churches, shelters open doors for those in need

With temperatures dipping into single digits Wednesday night, some people who are normally out in the elements will be in need of a warm place to stay.

Johnson City Commission meets with state legislators

The Johnson City Commission hosted a meeting Monday night with members of the state legislature to discuss the city's needs and some items the Commission would like to have discussed in Nashville.


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