Venton Blandin, an Emmy-nominated reporter, joined Alabama's ABC 33/40 in July 2014.
Venton, a Chicago native, became interested in television news after watching local stations cover a shooting in his neighborhood. He spent a lot of his childhood chasing news trucks from all the Chicago stations, riding the 'L' after school to visit the stations and standing in lines outside a couple of Chicago-based TV shows. The 'news bug' bit Venton and has kept him inside a TV newsroom ever since 1993.
Venton's passion for news grew when he moved to Greenville, South Carolina that year. He worked behind the scenes at WYFF-TV during high school. 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 at WRC-TV in Washington, DC while in the Marines. He worked as a production assistant and weekend assignment editor from 1999-2002. He moved from the District of Columbia to Baltimore, MD in 2002 to take a job at WBAL-TV. He worked there as an assignment editor until 2004.
Venton reported for WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2004 until 2007. He left the job in Virginia to report for WCIV-TV in Charleston, South Carolina. Venton moved from South Carolina to Alabama in December 2008 to report for WHNT-TV in Huntsville. He spent almost six years reporting for WHNT News 19. Venton launched 'Fighting for You', the station's troubleshooting/viewer advocacy segment, in 2012. He fought for the little guy, cut through the red tape and helped viewers when they exhausted all of their resources to get something done.
The Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Venton with two Emmy nominations for his work in Huntsville. The Alabama Broadcasters Association honored Venton's work in Huntsville with its 'Spot News' Award.
During Venton's time at ABC 33/40, he's traveled on several national stories: Charleston, SC to cover the shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Chattanooga, TN to cover the shooting at the armed forces recruiting office, South Carolina to cover the floods and South Carolina again to cover Hurricane Matthew. Venton's work in Birmingham earned him the Alabama Broadcasters Association's 'Reporter of the Year Merit' Award.
Venton is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He's the oldest of six children and has one niece. He enjoys church, people, an adrenaline rush, some sports, helping others, trivia, board games and so much more. Venton remains an active member of True Light Church of God In Christ in Huntsville.