The Colorado State University Alumni Association will honor Jim Benemann, lead news anchor for KCNC News 4 in Denver, with the College of Liberal Art’s 2004 Honor Alumnus Award at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner May 7.
Benemann, who graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism-broadcasting, is being honored for exceptional professional success and in recognition of his continual dedication to Colorado State.
Benemann is known as an outstanding journalist and communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to the community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado.
"Jim Benemann is an exemplar of what we hope our graduates will bring to the world – highly competent professional achievement based on an understanding of community and a commitment to integrity and responsible communication," said Heather Hardy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "We are pleased to have Jim represent the college and its more than 25,000 alumni."
Rising to the top of the news media world, Benemann is best known for his work at KCNC as well as for his previous position as anchor for KUSA 9 News in Denver. After graduation, the Chicago native went on to establish a broadcasting bureau in Washington, D.C., where he covered Capitol Hill, political campaigns and foreign assignments, including reports from Cuba, Korea, South America and Europe. Benemann has earned numerous awards and is known as an outstanding reporter, anchorman and a newsroom leader.
"For more than 25 years, Jim Benemann has been among Colorado State’s most extraordinary supporters in lending his name and energies to the university," said Greg Luft, professor and associate chair of the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. "Beyond being a respected professional, Jim is the consummate gentleman, a dedicated husband and father and a man who truly values his past and current involvement with Colorado State University."
Benemann has returned to campus as a guest speaker, professional evaluator for the journalism department’s senior capstone reviews and keynote speaker for a variety of university and departmental functions. He also is a member of the journalism department’s advisory board. Throughout the years he has contributed to improvements in the curriculum and to helping define and maintain high academic and professional standards. He also provides internships and assists in fundraising efforts, alumni gatherings and other college promotions and activities.