Venton Blandin, an Emmy-nominated and Regional Edward R. Murrow-winning reporter, joined KMOV News 4 in July 2017.
The Chicago native became interested in television news after watching local stations cover a shooting in his Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s Westside. He spent a lot of his childhood chasing news trucks, riding the 'L' to visit all of the city’s TV stations and talking to people in line to visit Chicago-based talk shows. The 'news bug' bit Venton in 1992 and hasn’t left him since.
Venton's passion for news grew when he moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1993. He worked several years, behind the scenes, at WYFF-TV. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and received an "honorable discharge" as a Corporal. Venton attended Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.
Venton worked as a production assistant and weekend assignment editor, from 1999-2002, at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. He worked as an assignment editor, in Baltimore, MD, at WBAL-TV from 2002-2004.
Venton moved, in 2004, to WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia to become a reporter. Venton left Virginia in 2007, to report for WCIV-TV in Charleston, South Carolina.
Venton moved to Huntsville, Alabama in December 2008 to report for WHNT-TV. He stayed nearly six years, until June 2014, before moving to Birmingham to report and anchor at ABC 33/40
He’s reported too many local stories to count, but also several national stories including the deadly 2015 Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting in Charleston, the deadly 2015 deadly shooting at the armed forces recruiting office in Chattanooga, Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, St. Louis protests in 2017 and Branson Duck Boat Tragedy in 2018.
Venton has received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, three Emmy nominations and several awards from the Associated Press.
Venton loves God, attends church, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, serves as a Committee Co-chair for the National Association of Black Journalists, Vice President for the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys) Mid-America. He’s also filmed TV shows and movies as a member of SAG/AFTRA.