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 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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  • Sheffield Woman Hires Tree Cutter, Stump Remains Three Months Later

    Posted on: 5:44 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 09:06am, February 26, 2014

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) -  There’s something big standing between a Sheffield woman and her happiness. A tree trunk! Grazia Milstead...
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  • Henagar Propane Customer Questions Propane Shortage, Company’s Policy

    Posted on: 4:23 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 04:43pm, February 25, 2014

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve had a lot of cold nights this winter.  Some propane users will tell you that’s...
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  • Navistar to Move Huntsville Mid-Range Engine Production to Ill., 280 Jobs to be Cut

    Posted on: 4:57 pm, February 20, 2014, by , and , updated on: 06:49am, February 21, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Navistar International Corporation announced Thursday that they will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville plant to Melrose Park,...
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  • Non-Emergency Callers Overwhelm 911 Operators

    Posted on: 7:46 pm, February 12, 2014, by , updated on: 08:10pm, February 12, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – People around the Tennessee Valley get antsy when the first snow flake falls. Some hop in...
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  • College Spokeswoman Explains How ‘Snow Closing’ Decision Is Made

    Posted on: 7:32 pm, February 12, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 wrestles with school closings and delays during any weather event. Kids wait to...
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  • ‘Snow Day’ Is No Option for Hospital Employees

    Posted on: 7:25 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 08:15pm, February 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You might have enjoyed a day off the job during the recent snowstorm. Some may even...
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  • Tourism Leaders Launch Simplified Website Focusing On Field Trips

    Posted on: 5:14 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Several educational and tourism organizations in Madison County are casting a wide net to reach field...
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  • Renter Complains About Home’s Electrical Issues, Inspector Condemns Home

    Posted on: 6:25 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:27pm, February 4, 2014

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Decatur mother is holding her kids a little tighter. A city inspector told her the...
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  • Huntsville Police Chief Talks About City’s Sixth Homicide

    Posted on: 6:05 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:51pm, February 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’re in our fifth week of the 2014 and Huntsville Police investigators are working their sixth...
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