PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – WAVY-TV 10 is pleased to announce a series of new anchor assignments and the expansion of its newscasts to sister station FOX43.
Anita Blanton has been named early and late evening news anchor and joins co-anchor Tom Schaad beginning today on WAVY News 10 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. as well as WAVY News 10 at 10 p.m. on FOX43. Over the past three years, Blanton, a graduate of Hampton University, has served as co-anchor of WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
As Hampton Roads’ leading news station, WAVY is pleased to announce the expansion of its news operation with the March 28 launch of WAVY News 10 at 7 p.m. on FOX43. WAVY’s Deanna LeBlanc has been named co-anchor of this new 30-minute newscast after serving as weekend evening anchor and 10 On Your Side reporter. She will be joined by co-anchor Laura Caso who comes to WAVY from First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida. Caso will also co-anchor WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with Stephanie Harris.
WAVY is also pleased to announce Brandi Cummings as weekend evening anchor of WAVY News 10 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and WAVY News 10 at 10 p.m. on FOX43. Cummings joins meteorologist Ashley Baylor and will also continue her weekday reporting role.
“Our anchor announcements reflect the outstanding contributions of Anita, Deanna and Brandi and we are pleased to welcome Laura to the WAVY newsroom,” said WAVY-TV/FOX43 President & General Manager Doug Davis. “With its military bases, shipyards, ports and longer commutes, Hampton Roads is home to many viewers getting home even later every weekday. WAVY News 10 at 7 p.m. on FOX43 is designed for them, with the latest breaking local news and weather delivered by the #1 newsroom in Hampton Roads and we are excited to get started on Monday, March 28.”
For more than 50 years WAVY-TV, the local NBC affiliate, has set the standard for television excellence in Hampton Roads, Virginia. WAVY was the first station in Hampton Roads to broadcast a digital signal in 2001 and it was the first in its local market to launch a mobile app. WAVY-TV 10 and FOX43 photojournalists have received The National Press Photographers Association “Medium Market Television News Photography Station of the Year” five consecutive times in the Best of Photojournalism Television competition. WAVY-TV 10 is Hampton Roads’ most watched source of morning, evening and late news according to Nielsen Media Research, February 2016. WVBT-TV, the local FOX affiliate, airs the FIRST, daily local source of news at 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.wavy.com and www.fox43tv.com.