December 7, 2022

Josh Benson Biography, Age, Wife, Education, Career, WFLA, Twitter

Josh Benson Biography

Josh Benson is an American news anchor and reporter. He anchors the “First at Four” and News Channel 8 at 5:30 newscasts Monday through Friday. Josh also anchors News Channel 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Great 38. Josh is a Swede from Minnesota who was once able to handle -20° temperatures. But after working at many stations in warmer climates, his blood has thinned and he remains the laughingstock of his two older brothers who tease him for going ‘soft’.


Josh’s exact date of birth is unknown, the information will be updated soon.

Josh Benson Wife

He is married to Tara she is a Greek Canadian who happens to be a die-hard ‘Nole. Josh and his wife Tara Canuck  Manis live in South Tampa with their two cats Seaweed and Scarlett. However, Josh had nothing to do with naming the cat Seaweed.


Josh studied Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He remains a rabid Minnesota Vikings fan despite the fact they are rarely in the winner’s circle. Furthermore, he is a proud Minnesota ‘Gopher’, but spends much more time rooting for the FSU Seminoles after meeting his wife Tara.

Josh Benson Career

Josh has ‘moved up the street from his last job as Morning Anchor at WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida. He’s anchored newscasts at WFTV-TV in Orlando and at KVOA-TV in Tucson, Arizona. His first job was in between cornfields at KAAL-TV in Austin, Minnesota. He’s proud to say he lived across the street from the Spam Museum. Yes, there is a museum dedicated to the canned meat Spam.

While Josh stays busy with the news of the day, he also enjoys website design, programming, and video production. He has a passion for missing person cases and founded, a non-profit organization that seeks answers to the 1995 disappearance of KIMT-TV Morning Anchor Jodi Huisentruit.

Josh fired from TV News.

Josh was fired from TV News back in 2013 (very unexpectedly). Though, he claimed it was the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Also, he thanked those who helped him make the decision. Moreover, for more than a year he was able to live life at his speed, build his company and re-evaluate what is truly important. Later, he got married to his best friend and sweet Canuck Tara Manis.

Things may get by me, but they most likely won’t get by her. My cooking got better. Too, Our apartment has never been so clean. So, I launched the second start-up of my life…and shut it down like the first one. And yes, I lost money. But I took away things about the start-up culture that an MBA would have trouble teaching.

He founded Joker Media, LLC in 2002, a website design and video production company that’s allowed him to learn design and programming while creating some websites and programs for some really great individuals, companies, and organizations. Our slow and steady growth year to year has allowed for some explosive growth recently and we love the clients we work with and continue to attract.

Josh has a  fascination for missing person cases since his first job as a reporter in the early 2000s. He attached himself to the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, a missing anchor from Iowa. His  first News Director and I still investigate the case to this day and chronicle our findings along with our team

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Josh Benson WFLA

Benson is a television news anchor and reporter for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. I anchor the 4:00 ‘First at Four’ newscast and News Channel 8 at 5:30.

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