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


First road improvement project started from Abilene bond money

The city of Abilene on Monday began water main replacement along West Lake Road in between Ambler and Anson Streets to prep for major street improvements.

Love and care new building

Love and Care Ministries opens newly remodeled kitchen, food pantry

Love and Care Ministries opened the doors to its newly remodeled kitchen and dining area Monday.

United Way of Abilene shows appreciation with lower gas prices

People filling up their gas at H-E-B and Market Street got a little help at the pump from volunteers raising money for charity in Abilene Wednesday.

Taylor Co Commissioners vote

Only 4 attend hearing on proposed Taylor County tax rate increase

Only four people attended a hearing to express their opinions about a proposed tax hike at the Taylor County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday.

Taylor County Commissioners discuss major county issues (1)

No one shows up to public hearing on Taylor County budget

Wednesday's Taylor County Commissioner's Court meeting was a chance for residents to voice their opinions on a proposed tax hike, but no one showed up. 

Dr. Kelvin Kelley

Dr. Kelvin Kelley to leave Abilene school board next year

Dr. Kelvin Kelley will be leaving his post on the Abilene ISD school board at the end of December.

Taylor Co Commissioners vote

Taylor County commissioners consider replacement judge, pay bump

Taylor County commissioners discussed the budget and several issues including the replacement for recently-deceased judge Sam Carroll, salary increases for employees and alcohol sales for Precinct 2.

Oilfield equipment, gas vapors spark fire near Lake Sweetwater

Oilfield equipment started a fire in Nolan County Monday afternoon just south of Lake Sweetwater. 

VA protests

Veterans ask VA to keep PTSD treatments in Abilene

Veterans gathered outside Abilene's VA clinic to protest possible cuts to mental health care Wednesday.

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.




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