Braid Blanks

POSTED: 1:54 PM Jun 06 2012   UPDATED: 1:53 PM Nov 03 2014

Braid Blanks, was born and raised in Abilene with close ties all around the Big Country.

Braid began her television career as a producer at KTXS in 2001 and became a reporter before she left briefly to join KLTV in Tyler as a weekend anchor. She returned to KTXS in 2005, where she anchored the evening newscasts (then as Braid Sharp) until 2008.

Braid attended Abilene Christian University, where she graduated magna cum laude. ACU was also where she met her husband, Jeff Blanks, from Haskell, a CPA who is employed by the Dodge Jones Foundation in Abilene.

“We both have deep roots in the Big Country and I always enjoy doing what I can to inform the communities that have supported and shaped us. We’re proud to be from west Texas, it’s our home.”

Braid currently serves as the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. anchor for KTXS News. She also reports and produces. She has won several Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards for journalism through her career, including News Anchor of the year for 2013 for small market stations. In 2014 she was named Outstanding Anchor by the Lone Star EMMA's or Excellence in My Market Awards.

When away from work, you can find Braid spending time with her husband, Jeff and her family or keeping an eye on her curious and energetic sons Bennett and Everett.

You can like her Facebook Page Braid Blanks-KTXS  for updates on stories and lots of fun pictures of her family and work friends.

Braid's Most Recent Stories

Abilene High School Auditorium

New Abilene High auditorium revealed just in time for production

It's been under construction since last June, but Thursday night the curtain was set to be up on the newly renovated Abilene High School auditorium.

AISD suerintendent talks about Trook case

Abilene ISD, police leaders discuss criminal investigations, cooperation

After weeks of talking about meeting concerning recent inappropriate student and school employee relationships, Abilene ISD and the Abilene Police Department finally did meet on Wednesday.

Chris Davis

Family of Chris Davis, correctional officer killed in bus crash, speaks about their loss

KTXS has been in touch with family of one of the correctional officers killed in the I-20 prison bus crash near Odessa – Chris Davis. They say Chris was 53 years old and had worked as a correctional officer for 17 years – and that he wasn't far from retirement.


Doctors warn of overuse of antibiotics during high viral illness season

Do you have kids? If so you've probably had a visit or two or three to the doctor lately, especially if they're little ones. Chances are when you go you don't leave with a prescription.

Stan Standridge

Abilene police chief, AISD superintendent at odds over sex case probes

For weeks now, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge and Abilene AISD Superintendent Heath Burns have been trading blows in regards to two recent cases of AISD employees allegedly having sex with students.

Breanne Brown

Former Abilene High teacher arrested for sexual assault

A 30-year-old teacher who resigned last week from her position at Abilene High School has been arrested on a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. 

Vote, election file

Strong turnout for first day of early voting in Abilene council election

Early voting has started in the special election to fill the Place 6 seat on the Abilene City Council. The two candidates running: are former Taylor County GOP chair Joy Ellinger and Abilene businessman Steve Savage.

Fire on Grove Street

UPDATE: Abilene home destroyed by flames the day after Christmas

Several crews from the Abilene Fire Department were on the scene of a major structure fire early Friday morning on South 9th and Grove Street. Streets were blocked off in that area to accommodate first responders.

Police: 4-year-old boy killed in Friday's multiple vehicle wreck on Winters Freeway

UPDATED STORY: A 4-year-old boy has died from injuries after an accident Friday evening on Winters Freeway in Abilene near the Buffalo Gap Road exit.

Special elf aiding Taylor County Sheriff's Department

Chances are you've probably seen one of Santa's helpers around.


Abilene businesses back organization serving people with disabilities in unique way

There is a unique partnership going on between several area businesses and Disability Resources Inc., an organization that serves adults with disabilities.

Thousands turn out for Christmas Lights Parade in downtown Abilene

Downtown Abilene was filled Tuesday night with people kicking off the holiday season with the annual WTU Christmas Lights Parade and the Abilene City Sidewalks Celebration.




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