Kelly Bennett

Reporter, CBC Hamilton

Kelly Bennett is an award-winning reporter who lives in Hamilton. She grew up in Victoria and covered economics and arts as an investigative reporter in San Diego. She loves digging into great stories, hiking and playing the violin. Drop her a line anytime at

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Union leaders still have hope Hamilton steel company can be saved

Even though a Hamilton steel mill has been officially transferred to a liquidator, union leaders at Hamilton Specialty Bar still think there's a chance their company won't be sold for scrap.
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Niagara financier's big money propositions leave entrepreneurs with ruined dreams

CBC News has learned of at least nine small business owners around Ontario and the U.S. who have collectively given more than $650,000 to a Niagara businessman in exchange for investment loans and deals. But the loans never materialized, and most didn’t get a cent of their money back.

Ontario PCs 'set aside' nomination for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

The Ontario PC party 'set aside' the result of the nomination contest for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

Hamilton steel company gets 12 more days to try to stay alive

A judge granted a 12-day extension on Wednesday to get a deal on the table to keep Hamilton Specialty Bar going.

A last, last-ditch effort to save Hamilton Specialty Bar

Steelworker union leaders will be making a last-ditch effort over the weekend to work out a deal with a bidder that would keep Hamilton Specialty Bar operating.

Hamilton 'breathing a little bit easier' after Canada exempted from steel tariffs

Steeltown was relieved Thursday to hear U.S. President Donald Trump say Canada and Mexico would be exempted from his 25 per cent tariff on steel – for now, at least.

Hamilton, Burlington home listings hit lowest level in 15 years

The number of homes put up for sale last month was the lowest number of listings for any February in 15 years, according to data released by the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington.

How Hamilton's steel industry may escape the brunt of tariffs

The outcome of Trump's tariff announcement may not be as bleak for Hamilton steel as first envisioned, analysts said,

City grapples with worst potholes in recent memory

The city has received a record number of claims that the pockmarked roads have caused damage to private vehicles, and it's not even spring yet, when the complaints usually roll in.

Teen girl who tried to rob man before he was stabbed to death sentenced to jail time

An 18-year-old girl was given a 15-month sentence after she pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with the death of a man who staggered into a Stoney Creek Mountain gas station covered in blood around 2:30 a.m. one morning last April.

After historic ice jam flood in Brantford, scientists study what can be done

"We hate to see these disasters occur. And what we quickly transition to is, how can we prepare better in the future?" conservation engineer says.

23 years after her unsolved murder, Hamilton remembers Helen Gillings

Helen Gillings's case was cold long before the national spotlight shone on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Friday, Hamiltonians gathered to remember her.

How will police purge data from 'almost 20,000 street checks?' board member asks

Hamilton police have information on people collected from thousands of "street checks" since 2010 but the police board doesn't yet know how the service will get rid of that data.

Police board chair expects 'hard questions' on anti-carding law

Hamilton’s police board chair says there will be “some hard questions asked” about the impact of the province’s regulation on carding and street checks at Thursday afternoon’s board meeting.

'I got bit': Tales of woe after calling a locksmith based on an online ad

Readers share misadventures that illustrate a similar pattern to a scheme CBC Hamilton reported earlier this month.