Posts Tagged ‘Victor Blackwell’

Blackwell & Grimes to depart WPBF…

(from – Big changes in store for WPBF-Channel 25.

Gossip Extra hears that prime-time anchor Victor Blackwell is so desperate to exit the West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast ABC affiliate that he didn’t renew his contract.

What’s more, News Director Kyle Grimes is expected to be gone by mid-August.

Several newsroom sources confirm Blackwell is so public about his fleeing that he’s even put in his few cents about a replacement alongside Tiffany Kenney at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

One of the few black anchors in the market, Victor Blackwell has been looking to move to a large market, particularly Atlanta….Cont….


07 2012

Christmas layoffs at WPEC…

(from – Big wigs at WPEC-Channel 12 are firing as many as 10 employees today, Page2Live hears.

Anchors Claudia Shea (right #1) and Ric Blackwell (right #2) lost their jobs this morning after they were called in for a chat with news director Cathy Younkin a few minutes after their morning shift.

Shea wasn’t at her anchor desk at noon. Instead, a visibly-flustered Emily Pantelides was replacing her.

Shea, one of the CBS affiliate’s shining stars for 21 years and the winner of a regional Emmy, also anchored morning news on WFLX-Fox 29.

But after contracting WPEC for its news for 20 years, Fox 29 recently hired WPTV-Channel 5’s news team for the gig. The loss of that contract is directly to blame for today’s layoffs at WPEC.

Blackwell, Shea’s morning partner on Fox and the morning co-anchor with Pantelides on CBS 12, has been at WPEC since 1993.

He was known as the newsroom’s on-air workhorse. Unflappable, he was on cameras for four and half hours on weekdays. He has three young children.

Reporter and weekend anchor Kara Kostanich (left), a three-year veteran of the station, was also let go….Cont….


12 2010

Leaving WTLV/WJXX, joining WPBF…

(Press Release – WPBF-TV) – Victor Blackwell joins WPBF as co-anchor of WPBF News 25 at 4, 5, 6 and 11PM. Blackwell will co-anchor newscasts alongside veteran evening anchor Tiffany Kenney beginning July 22nd. ?Victor is a dynamic storyteller, an engaging personality and a first-rate journalist,? said WPBF 25 Vice President and General Manager, Caroline Taplett. ?Paired with Tiffany Kenney and Mike Lyons, WPBF viewers will be getting their news and weather from the strongest team in the West Palm Beach market.? Victor is an Emmy-nominated journalist who began his career as a writer for the Community Times newspaper in Columbia, MD. He worked as a producer with Radio11 WBAL in Baltimore and as a co-producer with WHUT-TV in Washington DC. He also worked with WPMT-TV in York, PA and as a Reporter/Anchor with WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD. Most recently, Victor anchored First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida. ?I am thrilled to join WPBF News 25, the area?s fastest growing local news station. This team is dedicated to telling compelling and relevant stories everyday. Viewers know that when there?s a big story, breaking news or severe weather, WPBF?s coverage is unmatched,? said Blackwell. Victor?s reporting has earned him numerous awards by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio, Television and News Directors Association. He received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Victor is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.


07 2009