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

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Area auto body shops slammed with work after hundreds of wrecks in ice storm

More than 280 wrecks: If you were one that fell victim to the treacherous road conditions, chances are your vehicle is one of many at a local body shop.  So what's the wait time look like?We went to the ones who are up to their ears in repairs and asked.

McMurry University band to play at 2016 New Year's Eve Parade

The McMurry band is getting a special invitation Sunday. Winston Churchill's great grandson will be heading to McMurry to invite the band to England.

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Love & Care Ministries celebrates 20 years of helping homeless, working poor

It's a milestone year for Love and Care Ministries in Abilene. The organization that helps the homeless and working poor with food and clothing is turning 20 years old.

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Your Vote: Countywide voting centers to stay in Taylor County

It looks like new voting procedures in Taylor County will be staying put.

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Abilene Police Department looking for applicants

The Abilene Police Department says they have had a low turnout of applicants for about 20 open positions.

Hendrick to give free heart health screenings to public Friday

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But studies show that preventative testing can catch many fatal cases before they happen. 

A look at events in Abilene ISD leading up to Heath Burns' resignation

Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns' resignation comes after many weeks of troubles in AISD.

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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. 

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Blood donors reach 100 gallon mark, meet woman who received their blood

Friday, The Meek Blood Center and a room full of people said thank you to two very special volunteers, David Payne and Wes Hood, who have each given 100 gallons of blood. 

3 file to run for Wylie ISD board

Three people have announced plans to run for the Wylie school board in the upcoming May election.

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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.

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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.

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