anita blanton

 

Resume

 

EXPERIENCE

 

WAVY/WVVT-TV (NBC/FOX)                                                                                         January  2013 – Present

Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter

  • Promoted from weekday anchor (4pm and 5:30pm) to weekday co-anchor 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm in March 2016
  • Co-anchor for WVBT-TV (FOX43) at 10pm
  • Made co-anchor for the newly added 4pm newscast in addition to the 5:30pm newscast
  • Promoted from weekend anchor in March 2013 to weekday anchor (5:30pm)
  • Primary fill-in anchor

 

KOCO-TV (ABC)                                                                                          December  2008 – December 2012

Morning Anchor/Special Projects Reporter

  • Co-anchor of weekly morning news show (4:30am –7am)
  • Primary fill-in for main evening anchor
  • Special Projects Reporter for “What Matters to You” & “Believe in Oklahoma”
  • Show  received the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Morning News for three years and was also recognized as Best Morning Show by the OAPB
  • In 2011, won three Society of Professional Journalists Awards for reporting

 

WRIC-TV (ABC)                                                                                               November 2006 – August 2008

Morning In-House Reporter/Fill-in Anchor

  • Report/anchor daily for Good Morning Richmond (fast-paced 2hr newscast) and 8news at 9 (1 hr)
  • Strong emphasis on breaking, unfolding, and developing stories taking place during newscast
  • Primary Fill-In Anchor for Morning Anchors (weekday and weekend)
  • Public Appearances

 

KWTX-TV (CBS)                                                                                                March 2006 – November 2006

Lead Reporter/Fill-in Anchor

  • Daily reporting with extensive live and breaking news experience
  • Primary fill-in anchor for all newscasts
  • Producing experience (Noon, 5p, 6p, and 10p newscasts)
  • Non-linear editing experience

 

KTXS-TV (ABC)                                                                                                                          2005-2006

Weekend Reporter

  • Research and report stories for daily evening newscasts (Weds. -Sun.)
  • Frequent live shot opportunities
  • Strong emphasis on local news
  • Community Appearances
  • Linear editing experience

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Hampton University, Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism/Minor: Political Science

Graduated Magna cum Laude

 

AWARDS

 

  • 2016: Virginia Association of Broadcasters: Outstanding Newscast
  • 2012: 1st place Criminal Justice Reporting
  • 2009-2012: Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Best Morning Newscast
  • 2009-2011: Oklahoma Association Press Broadcast Division Best Morning Newscast
  • 2011: Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists: 1st place Health Reporting
  • 2011: 1st place Diversity Coverage

 

 

OTHER

 

  • Member: National Association of Black Journalists, National Hampton Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
  • Featured singer- Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Team
  • Board Member of the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility, McLoud, Oklahoma
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer