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Omahan heads to outstate Nebraska for reporter position

Vinny Benedetto recently joined the Gothenburg Times staff as a sports and news reporter after spending much of the first 25 years of his life in Omaha.

Upon graduating from Creighton University in 2010 with a degree in journalism and mass communication, the Omaha native worked as a copy editor in the sports department of the World-Herald and covered Creighton athletics for the Scout.com network.

In his time at CU, Benedetto served as a sports reporter and eventually became the sports editor of the student newspaper, The Creightonian. When he wasn’t in the journalism lab or covering an event, the lifelong Bluejay fan could be found with his friends, supporting the then mediocre Bluejays from the front row of the student section in matching “Altman’s Army” T-shirts.

Prior to his days as a Bluejay, Benedetto was a Junior Jay. He graduated from Creighton Prep in 2006 and was active in a variety of extracurricular activities. He experienced reporting for the first time as a senior, writing for the Jay Journal. Sports consumed much of his time after school, competing in basketball, cross country and soccer before club soccer shifted to the forefront. He also enjoyed leading various retreats during his junior and senior years at the Jesuit school.

Benedetto chose to leave his hometown for Gothenburg for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, the position at The Times provided him the ability to report full time, something he’s been hoping to do since the end of Bluejay basketball season. The work opportunity was just one of reasons he was drawn to town.

“When I first arrived for an interview, I was surprised by how charming the town was, and the people I encountered could not have been more pleasant,” Benedetto said. “Having a group of friends give the community a rave review after recently playing Wild Horse didn’t hurt, and finding the Runza was just icing on the cake.”

When he is away from work, Benedetto enjoys playing and watching sports. He can be spotted running the streets of Gothenburg or shooting hoops at the area park. He is still in search of a soccer goal.

The love of sport was largely passed down from his father, Marc. The elder Benedetto works as a special education coordinator for Westside Community Schools, in Omaha.

Marc has been married to his wife, Mary, for nearly 30 years. Although she does not practice medicine, Mrs. Benedetto has spent the last decade working in the pediatrics department at the Creighton University Medical Center.

Benedetto’s lone sibling and lifelong competitor, Thomas, graduated from Creighton in May with an elementary education degree. He will join his older brother in moving away from Omaha later this summer when he takes residence in McCook where he will be a first-year teacher.

The Times’ newest reporter completed his first half marathon in the fall of 2013. He crossed the finish line in Kansas City minutes behind his younger brother but ahead of his father. In the family’s next, yet-to-be-scheduled race, Benedetto plans on catching his younger brother.

“As excited as I am to give my brother payback, I’m equally excited to immerse myself in this community and provide its people with content they will enjoy reading,” Benedetto added.

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