New Day Weekend and CNN Newsroom at 10 a.m. on Saturdays are two of Victor Blackwell’s most well-known projects as a television news anchor. He was born in 1983, which makes him 38 years old today.
In 1999, Blackwell was the class president at Milford Mill Academy, where he graduated from high school. Broadcast Journalism is what he studied at Howard University in D.C. Howard University’s public television station (WHUT-TV) employed him while he was in college.
WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland, employed Blackwell as a correspondent and fill-in anchor after school. The WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida also employed him as a correspondent and weekend anchor.
At WPBF in West Palm Beach, Florida, Blackwell served as the station’s primary dark principle anchor. In 2012, he began working for CNN as a reporter in the southeast region.
To find out what really happened to Georgia teenager Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia Secretary of State and US Attorney for Georgia’s Middle District looked into Blackwell’s elite reporting on his mysterious death in 2013.
Blackwell and Christi Paul became co-hosts of New Day Saturday and Sunday in January 2014. Blackwell did receive a Regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Reporting in 2009, in spite of all of the above. The years 2007 through 2011 saw him nominated for a Regional Emmy as well.
Additionally, Blackwell received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on downtown crime and the Stop Snitchin’ wonder. In 2007, Blackwell was awarded the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Unity Award for his reporting on the high school graduation rates of black students in the United States.
Is Victor Blackwell Gay?
Blackwell is a proudly gay man who has never hidden his sexual orientation from anyone. On December 21, 2013, during an interview with Pamela Brown and Jimmy Alexander, he came out as gay.
At the time, they were discussing an interview with Phil Robertson that appeared in GQ. Phil had made an absurd homophobic remark during the interview. Victor admitted that he wasn’t shocked or hurt by Phil’s remarks because he didn’t expect a positive response.
After that, he came out as a black gay man to the world. He’s not in a relationship and doesn’t have children, but he is the godfather to two children, a boy, and a girl, who he frequently posts photos of on his Instagram page.
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Victor began working for CNN in August of 2012, and he is currently based in the network’s Atlanta bureau. On the weekends, he serves as the host of CNN’s New Day and CNN Newsroom from the network’s Atlanta global headquarters.
Among the many breaking news stories he has covered and anchored from the front lines are Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (2017), the Pulse Nightclub shooting (2016), the protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray (2015, and the recovery from Superstorm Sandy) (2012).
After Blackwell’s investigation into the mysterious death of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old Georgia boy, in 2013, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and the US Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia launched investigations. Co-hosting New Day Saturday and Sunday with Christi Paul was Blackwell’s new role in January 2014.
An exclusive interview with civil rights icons Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Jesse Jackson at the Memphis motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot, was part of Blackwell’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death in 2018. The two had not seen each other since King’s death, so this was a special occasion.
He previously worked as an anchor at WPBF 25 News in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he did newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. He’s won an Emmy, as well as nominations and awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and several regional Emmys.
Additionally, he received the Radio Television Digital News Association’s UNITY Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for a special report on the high dropout rate among young black men.
In addition to writing for the Columbia Community Times, he worked as a producer for Radio11 WBAL in Baltimore and as a co-producer for WHUT-TV in Washington, D.C. WPMT-TV in York, Pennsylvania, and WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland, were among his previous employers.
Who Is Victor Blackwell’s Wife? His Family!
CNN anchor who is proudly gay When it comes to his personal life, Victor Blackwell doesn’t reveal much and he keeps his dating status a secret. As far as I know, he has never stated whether or not he is currently dating or single.
On the 21st of December of last year, he came out to his co-host Sandy Brown and guest Jimmy Alexander during a live discussion about being gay.