Abbie Bennett

Abbie Bennett

Abbie Bennett is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English and a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a reporting concentration and political immersion from the UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism. She has been recognized with awards for excellence in investigative, breaking news and politics/election reporting by Military Reporters and Editors Association and the N.C. Press Association. She covers Capitol Hill and the Department of Veterans Affairs for Connecting Vets.

Raised an Army Brat, Bennett has lived on bases and attended DoDEA schools across the United States and overseas. She was a first-generation college student and recipient of military scholarships including the XVIII Airborne Corps scholarship, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics scholarship and the Maj. James Ursano scholarship.

Prior to joining Connecting Vets, Bennett was a reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where she covered local and state government, served as an online producer and built and led the real-time news team, which specialized in breaking viral news, generating millions of readers for McClatchy publications across the U.S. monthly.

Bennett previously reported for The Daily Reflector in Greenville, N.C., newspapers in Charlotte, N.C. and was a reporter, visual journalist and editor for the Fort Bragg Paraglide newspaper and Elite Magazine, a military lifestyle magazine published by The Fayetteville Observer. She has reported while embedded with active and National Guard units during hurricanes and other disasters in the Carolinas.

Bennett is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and also lectured for journalism classes at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina.

When she's not reporting, Bennett enjoys spending time with her cat, reading and volunteering with local animal rescues.