Braid Blanks

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

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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

Woman detained after allegedly biting Home Depot employee

A woman allegedly stole more than $100 worth of merchandise from Home Depot in Abilene and then allegedly fought loss prevention team members outside the store Tuesday afternoon, according to Abilene police.


Abilene swim instructor motivated by alarming drowning statistics

Twenty-eight children in Texas have died from accidental drowning this year; it’s a scary statistic that has one man and his wife on a mission to keep that number from growing this summer.

Wayne McCormick Retires: 23 years of excellence at KTXS

This is a bittersweet time for the KTXS family as we bid farewell to a man that, in many ways, is the heart of this station.


Well Wishes: Hear from those who worked with Wayne McCormick

As we say goodbye to Wayne McCormick after more than two decades at KTXS, we hear from those he has worked with throughout the years.


Drowning prevention at 'World's Largest Swim Lesson' in Abilene

We are not even seven months into 2015 and 28 children have already drowned in Texas. “The World’s Largest Swim Lesson” aims to improve that alarming statistic as groups meet at a specified location to teach swimming.

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Commissioners: No ban on fireworks or burning this July 4th

This Fourth of July will certainly be a bright one. Taylor County Commissioners met Tuesday and took no action to institute a burn ban or a fireworks ban.

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Record-breaking numbers for 4th annual CALF festival in Abilene

Did you go to the fourth annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival last weekend?  If so you were part of a record-breaking crowd.

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Wounded Iraq War vet and family get keys to brand new house

A very deserving Abilene family was handed the keys to a brand new home Friday Afternoon.

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Safe boating encouraged by Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said there are some key things to keep in mind when boating or enjoying water recreation in the area this Memorial Day weekend.

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Law enforcement taking extra steps for Memorial Day safety

Memorial Day weekend is notorious for accidents and local law enforcement officers are taking extra measures to keep roads safe.

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Law enforcement officers in Abilene receive awards, promotions

Local law enforcement officers were honored with awards during a presentation at the Taylor County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday.

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Hendrick Medical Center honors nurse manager of the year

Hendrick Medical Center is hosting events throughout the week in honor of National Nurse Appreciation Week.




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