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LaSalle Blanks

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LaSalle started working at WVEC in February, 1997 to help launch LNC -- Local News On Cable, COX channel 5.

One year later, he was promoted to co-anchor of 13News Daybreak. Six months after that, he added anchor duties on 13News at Noon to his plate. Over the years, LaSalle and the Daybreak team have picked up several journalism awards for their work -- including several Emmy awards for best morning newscast. He also earned an Emmy award for a series of reports from London which chronicled the very beginnings of the journey to Jamestown....a Virginia Associated Press Award for a series of reports dealing with race...and several awards from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

Among his career highlights at WVEC: reports from London about the Journey to Jamestown, his "Where in the World is LaSalle?" series which took him all over the country -- from the set of "Wheel of fortune" in Los Angeles to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO to Orlando, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York to the set of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". He's reported from the White House to Princess Diana's palace and Buckingham Palace in London.

He's interviewed famous figures like President Clinton and entertainment figures like Halle Berry.

LaSalle is a graduate of Northwestern University where he completed his undergraduate studies in Radio/TV/Film and graduate studies in broadcast journalism in Chicago and Washington, DC as part of the Medill School of Journalism.

His professional career started in Lansing, Michigan and Rochester, NY before making Hampton Roads and WVEC home.

Away from the station, you'll find LaSalle enjoying adult kickball as the captain of the first team from Hampton Roads to win the national kickball championship. You'll also find him on a softball field and rooting for the New York Yankees somewhere.

After growing up in Connecticut, Hampton Roads has been home for more than 12 years now and LaSalle wouldn't have it any other way.