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NEW YORK, December 8, 2015 — PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, today announced iconic New York journalist Brenda Blackmon will join the station as an anchor.

This January, PIX11 will add an additional weekday newscast at 6:30pm, the only local news in the market from 6:30-7pm. Blackmon will anchor this new newscast alongside PIX11’s veteran anchor Kaity Tong. Tong, one of the most respected and popular local news anchors in the New York market, joined PIX11 in 1992 and has anchored the Emmy Award-winning “PIX11 News” for 23 years.

“Brenda is one of the most recognizable and talented journalists in the market, and we are thrilled to pair New York news icons Brenda and Kaity at the anchor desk of PIX11’s newest newscast.  With such a rich history in the market, Brenda and Kaity will be a powerhouse anchor duo at 6:30pm, the only local news in New York, “said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11.

Blackmon was most recently the founder of Brenda Blackmon Communications, Inc. a comprehensive communications strategy firm.  Blackmon is most recognized for her position as anchor at WWOR-TV in New York, a post she held from 1990 through the newscast’s cancellation in 2013.

In 1973, after six years of paying her dues as a reporter, Blackmon became the first African American news anchor in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia and has been breaking down barriers ever since. Blackmon has been honored with numerous Emmy Awards for her work, is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence and has won more than a dozen Associated Press Awards. In 2006 the Network Journal recognized her as one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.”  In 2010 she was honored with the Shirley Chisholm Award for public service, that same year she was named Woman of the Year by the Queens Courier News.

Blackmon is active in the community; she regularly volunteers at SHARE for special events and the Bergen Volunteers. She is also the founder of “The Kelly Fund for Lupus, Inc.” an organization she created in 2008 after her daughter Kelly was diagnosed with lupus. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting those affected by lupus, educating the public, and helping to find a cure.

“We are thrilled to bring Brenda back home to New York. Teaming Brenda and Kaity at 6:30p reinforces PIX11’s commitment to growing the station’s news brand through the best news talent and news coverage in the market,” said Amy Waldman, News Director, PIX11. “These two are legends in the tri-state area and we cannot wait to share them and the new broadcast with our viewers.”

Said Blackmon, “It’s great to be home! I’m looking forward to returning to the air in New York, covering the news and events that affect our communities and neighborhoods.”

Blackmon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson where she where she later taught as an adjunct professor and served on the Board of Trustees. She also holds a Master’s Degree (MPA) in Public Administration and has received three honorary doctorates.  She lives in New York City, where she can get to the station within minutes of breaking news.