Venton Blandin

Venton Blandin, a two-time Emmy-nominated reporter, joined WHNT News 19 in January 2009 after reporting in Charleston, South Carolina. He leads the station's 'Fighting for You' team.

Venton was born in Chicago, Illinois and became interested in television news as a child after watching Chicago's WMAQ-TV cover a shooting in his neighborhood in 1992. He spent a lot of time as a child chasing trucks from all the Chicago stations, riding the 'L' after school to visit the stations and attending tapings of TV shows based in Chicago. Venton spent an 'unhealthy' amount of time hanging out inside the NBC Chicago newsroom. A few of the anchors there saw something and gave him a chance. Venton's passion for news grew after an internship at WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC a year later. He was eventually able to work behind the scenes in the newsroom and production offices during his high school years.

Venton joined the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and has done tours in Australia, Japan, Korea, Thailand and in the Philippines before receiving an "honorable discharge" as a Corporal. He attended Bowie State University, while continuing to work in television, after getting out of the military.

Venton has worked as a reporter at WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC. He broke the national story of two Florida college students traveling through the Charleston with bomb-making materials. Venton did hourly LIVE reports on the story for CNN for two days.

Venton reported for more than two years at WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He also has worked as an assignment editor at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. Venton was able to play a big part in news-gathering during the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Venton spent three years working at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, MD as an assignment editor. He was a big part of Beltway Sniper Attacks coverage in our nation's Capital region.

Venton spent his first three years at WHNT NEWS 19 reporting LIVE during the 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts. You can now see his 'Fighting for You' reports during the 5:00 pm newscast Monday through Friday.

The Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Nashville has honored Venton with two Emmy nominations. One nomination was for the story he broke on an accused killer's escape from Madison County to Dallas, TX. The other was for his story about a Decatur soldier killed while serving our country in Afghanistan.

Venton is the oldest of six children, enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going to church, volunteering, listening and playing music, playing some sports, dancing, attending comedy shows, flying in helicopters, riding roller coasters, acting and speaking to groups.

Venton is a member of True Light Church of God In Christ where he works with a couple of ministries. He serves as a board member for Madison County's Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates, works with the Semper Fi Community Task Force, volunteers with the Special Olympics and American Cancer Society.

Recent Articles

  • Huntsville Welcomes ‘StoryCorps’ Listening Tour

    Posted on: 6:41 pm, March 13, 2014, by , updated on: 09:03am, March 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you like to sit with friends and chat over a cup of coffee? Huntsville’s NPR...
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  • Huntsville Police Tight-Lipped About Woman’s Death on Thornmor Drive

    Posted on: 4:36 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 continues to try to track down new details on the discovery of a woman’s...
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  • Huntsville Company Donates Resources, Removes Sheffield Woman’s Tree Stump

    Posted on: 6:38 pm, March 11, 2014, by

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 has results to tell you about concerning Grazia Milstead and her tree stump....
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  • Family Struggles to Cope with South Huntsville Woman’s Murder

    Posted on: 4:53 pm, March 11, 2014, by , updated on: 06:58pm, March 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A family is scrambling to bury a woman killed in south Huntsville after she was found murdered...
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  • Woman Dead, Man Still Hospitalized After Situation in South Huntsville Neighborhood

    Posted on: 9:50 am, March 10, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:07pm, March 10, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say a woman is dead and a man was rushed to Huntsville Hospital following a...
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  • UPDATE: Owner of Bench Warmer Too Surrenders Liquor License Permanently

    Posted on: 2:44 pm, March 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:48pm, March 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The owner of Bench Warmer Too will not face the Alcohol Beverage Control Board March 5,...
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  • Man Hurt in Wreck on Pulaski Pike, Baby Okay

    Posted on: 12:32 pm, March 4, 2014, by , updated on: 12:40pm, March 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Paramedics say a man was hurt in two-vehicle wreck Tuesday on Pulaski Pike, between Sparkman Drive and...
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    Photo of police directing traffic on Pulaski Pike, and one of the vehicles being towed away. (Photo: Venton Blandin/WHNT News 19)
  • Investigators Begin Bad Check Round-Up

    Posted on: 6:58 pm, March 3, 2014, by

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators are crisscrossing North Alabama to look for people known to bounce checks. March 3,...
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  • Decatur Police: Man Stepped In Front of Train Intentionally

    Posted on: 9:36 am, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:37am, March 3, 2014

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Police say a man who was hit by a train Monday morning walked into the...
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  • Huntsville School Superintendent, Justice Department Continue Legal Fight with DOJ

    Posted on: 6:57 pm, February 27, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The head of Huntsville City Schools is reacting to a court motion filed to take the...
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  • UPDATE: Both Men Freed From Natural Well on Monte Sano, Both Okay

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, February 27, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:09pm, February 27, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Good news – Huntsville Fire & Rescue crews freed two men from a deep pit on...
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  • Lockdown Lifted at Brindlee Mountain High School, Parent in Custody

    Posted on: 9:31 am, February 27, 2014, by , and , updated on: 02:37pm, February 27, 2014

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Marshall County School Superintendent Tim Nabors confirmed Thursday morning’s precautionary lockdown at Brindlee Mountain High...
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