NBC 5 Names New Anchor/Reporter Ashanti Blaize

Sep 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from NBC 5

    DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/-- NBC 5 hires
 Ashanti Blaize as anchor/reporter, effective October 15, 2007. Blaize,
 along with Kevin Cokely, will anchor the NBC 5 Weekend Report at 5 p.m. and
 NBC 5 News at 10 p.m. on Sunday evenings. She will also report four days
 per week.
     Blaize comes to NBC 5 from KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas
 where she was a general assignments reporter. She graduated from Columbia
 University, receiving a bachelor's degree in sociology. While at Columbia,
 she interned at ABC News and developed her love of journalism.
     Ashanti attended journalism school at the University of Miami. While
 getting her master's degree in communications she worked at the South
 Florida Sun-Sentinel as an intern and field producer. She was also an
 anchor, reporter and producer for UMTV, a cable station out of Coral
 Gables, Florida.
     After graduating from the University of Miami, she began working with
 KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas where she was a morning reporter.
     Blaize was honored with a New Mexico AP Award in 2004 for her breaking
 news coverage of a snowstorm that paralyzed parts of Southwest Texas. She's
 reported on a myriad of stories from Senator John Edwards' campaign visit
 to Las Cruces, New Mexico during the 2004 Presidential Elections, to one of
 the largest fires in El Paso's history.
     NBC 5 / KXAS-TV / http://www.nbc5i.com and Telemundo 39 / KXTX-TV are
 the NBC owned and operated media centers serving the Dallas/Fort Worth