About Us

Capital Tonight is New York’s only statewide political program, bringing you the most comprehensive coverage of the news from the State Capitol, the campaign trail and across the Empire State.  Each weeknight, we bring you the most news about the politicians you elected to represent you in Albany and Washington and the candidates seeking your vote.  Our staff of dozens of reporters are fanned out across every corner of the state, giving us a reach that is unmatched in New York.

In addition to providing the most complete political news in New York, each night we’ll bring you in-depth interviews you’ll find only on Capital Tonight that go beyond the headlines.

Capital Tonight airs live each weeknight at 8pm and re-airs at 11:30pm.  Our viewing audience spans the entirety of Upstate New York – from the Hudson Valley through the Capital Region to the North Country, and across Central New York, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

MEET OUR HOST: LIZ BENJAMIN

Liz Benjamin joined YNN as the host of Capital Tonight in April of 2011 and is the driving force behind our effort to bring you the state’s most comprehensive political news and analysis

as it happens.  In addition to her role as anchor, Liz spearheads Capital Tonight’s blog, STATE of POLITICS – your one-stop resource for breaking political news from the Capitol, City Hall, and across New York State.

Liz comes to YNN’s political team with impressive journalistic credentials.  Her experience as a political reporter covering New York State and City politics spans a decade and in that time Liz has built a reputation as a respected, tireless, no-nonsense reporter who knows the business from every angle.  She joined the Capitol press corps as a reporter for the Albany Times Union in 1997 and launched that paper’s Capital Confidential blog. In 2007, she joined the New York Daily News, taking over primary responsibility for their blog, The Daily Politics. Under Liz’s leadership, both became “must-reads” for Capitol insiders, as well as other political reporters.

Liz joined the Capital Tonight team intent on creating a new brand of journalism; one that blends the most comprehensive televised political reporting and analysis with around-the-clock blogging as only Liz can do.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about Capital Tonight or our new STATE of POLITICS blog, please send us an email to: feedback@capitaltonight.com

Meet the Capital Tonight Crew

Liz Benjamin, Capital Tonight Host

Nick Reisman, Capital Tonight Reporter


Watch Capital Tonight, weeknights at 8 pm and 11:30 pm

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