Riley joined News 2 as an MMJ/Reporter in November of 2019, where he covered some of the biggest events facing the Lowcountry including presidential debates, the coronavirus pandemic, riots in downtown Charleston and the Murdaugh murders and subsequent investigations.
In 2022, Riley joined the station’s anchor team, leading weekend evenings as Weekend Evening Anchor. He also began hosting News 2’s newly established political show, ‘2 the Point with Riley Benson,’ discussing local and national topics that matter to you and your family while also joining the station’s investigative team, The Investigators, while covering news of the day across the Lowcountry.
Riley is an Ohio native and received his degree in broadcast journalism and mass communications from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
He currently resides in Mount Pleasant. Although he’s not a South Carolina native, he spent many years vacationing at beaches in the Lowcountry with his family while growing up and is excited to continue to explore and learn more about Charleston and the tri-county area.
Riley spent the summer of 2018 as a reporter intern at Myrtle Beach’s WMBF News.
During his free time, Riley enjoys spending time at the beach, golfing, or exploring everything Charleston has to offer. He’s also a huge sports fan and loves his Cleveland sports teams and Ohio State Buckeyes!
Riley’s favorite Charleston area beach is Sullivan’s Island but enjoys weekend trips to Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach.
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