Matthew Benson is one of Arizona’s leading figures in media relations and communications. With unique experience working at the highest levels of government and professional media, Matthew is a trustworthy source for reporters on deadline and a credible voice for organizations in need of communications guidance.
Prior to joining Veridus, Matthew served as Director of Communications and chief spokesman for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. In that role, he was responsible for the management and coordination of all executive communications, including the Governor’s media appearances, official statements, public remarks and use of social media. In 2013, Matthew was named “Best PR Person” as part of the Arizona Capitol Times’ Best of the Capitol Awards.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Matthew was Director of Communications for Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (2010). Earlier, he worked in the professional media for a decade as an award-winning reporter for The Arizona Republic (2005-2009) and Fort Collins Coloradoan (2000-2005).
Matthew was born and raised near Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in Journalism (1999). Matthew now lives in Scottsdale with his wife and son.
Areas of Expertise
Strategic communications and messaging, reputation management, crisis response, media training, speech writing, social media, event production and coordination, government relations.
2019: Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce “Rising Star”, (1-9-19)
2018: Winner “Best PR Firm,” Arizona Capitol times, Best of the Capitol 2018, (6/26/18)
2017: Winner “Best PR Firm,” Arizona Capitol times, Best of the Capitol 2017, (6/27/17)
2013: Winner “Best PR Person,” Arizona Capitol Times, Best of the Capitol 2013, (6/25/2013)
10-23-2018: Horizon – Proposition 127 would require more clean energy in Arizona
10-08-2018: Fox10 – Newsmaker Saturday: Matthew Benson, Kris Mayes on Arizona Prop 127
01-08-2017: NBC12 – Sunday Square Off – Ducey’s Dreams for 2017 Face Hard Realities
09-28-2016: NBC12 – Will voters reject sheriffs?
08-26-2016: PBS – Arizona Week – Do Political Polls Inform or Mislead?
08-10-2016: KJZZ’s Here and Now – Can Christine Jones Maintain Early Lead in Congressional Race?