Venton Blandin, a regionally Emmy-nominated and Regional Edward R. Murrow-winning reporter, joined KMOV News 4 in July 2017.
The Chicago native became interested in television news after watching local stations cover a shooting in his Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s Westside. He spent a lot of his childhood chasing news trucks, riding the ‘L’ to visit TV stations to wave at their on-air people and standing in line one to watch audience members sit in at tapings of Chicago-based talk shows. The ‘news bug’ bit Venton in 1992 and hasn’t left him since.
Venton’s passion for news grew when he moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1993. He spent several years—during high school — behind the scenes at WYFF-TV on the assignment desk and in news production. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and did tours in the Philippines, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand before receiving an “honorable discharge” as a Corporal. Venton attended Bowie State University in Maryland.
Venton worked as a production assistant and weekend assignment editor, from 1999-2002, at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. He worked as an assignment editor, in Baltimore, MD, at WBAL-TV from 2002-2004.
Venton moved, in 2004, to WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia to become a reporter. Venton left Virginia, in 2007, to report for WCIV-TV in Charleston, South Carolina.
Venton moved to Huntsville, Alabama in December 2008 to report for WHNT-TV. He stayed nearly six years, until June 2014, before moving to Birmingham to report and anchor at ABC 33/40.
The Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Venton with two Emmy nominations. The Alabama Broadcasters Association honored Venton its ‘Spot News’ and ‘Reporter of the Year Merit’ Awards. The Associated Press awarded Venton its ‘Best Reporter 2016’ Award. The Radio Television Digital News Association awarded Venton with its Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
Venton has reported several local stories, but has also covered national stories including the 2015 deadly shooting inside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, the 2015 deadly shooting at the armed forces recruiting office in Chattanooga, Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, St. Louis protests in 2017 and Branson Duck Boat Tragedy in 2018.
Venton loves God, attends church, is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has filmed TV shows and movies as a member of SAG/AFTRA.