Best known for CNN's shows New Day Saturday and New Day Sunday, Victor Blackwell is a journalist and TV anchor. We have compiled from various sources a short bio about him in the paragraphs below, just so that you get all the information right here. Blackwell also has a membership of the National Association of Black Journalists.
While in Milford Mill Academy, his high school, Blackwell was elected the president of his graduating class in 1999. He then attended Howard University (in Washington D.C.) and received his B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism. He had some experience working for the university's public TV station, WHUT-TV.
After finishing his college, Blackwell worked at WHAG-TV as a fill-in anchor and reporter in Hagerstown, MD. He then went on to work for WTLV/WJXX as an anchor and reporter in Jacksonville, Florida. What is interesting to note here is that Blackwell was the first ever black main anchor in the WPBF station, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Then his big break came in 2012 when he joined CNN's bureau in the southwest as a correspondent. He was promoted as the co-host along with Christi Paul of New Day Saturday and New Day Sunday, in 2014.
Since his transfer to CNN, Blackwell has reported on many important issues effectively. He brought to the surface what was happening at a low-income home for seniors called Holly Place, in Hagerstown. Apparently, the state funds were not reaching this old-age home, and that was creating problems to the extent of shutting down the home. His reporting of the issue avoided the situation of many senior citizens from being homeless and living on the streets.
He covered the death of Kendrick Johnson, a teenager from Georgia who died under mysterious circumstances in 2013. It was his reporting that prompted investigations by Georgia's Middle District US Attorney as well as Office of Secretary of State of Georgia. In 2007, Blackwell report on the rate of high school graduation among black boys won him the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2007 Unity Award.
Blackwell has been nominated for Regional Emmy Award in 2007, 2008, and 2011, and actually won the Regional Emmy Award in Outstanding Feature Reporting section in 2009. He is also a recipient of Edward R. Munrow Award for the impact on inner-city crime caused by Stop Snitchin' phenomenon.
Blackwell underwent a laparoscopic surgery in order to handle his weight issues, and this was a secret that wasn't known until he made an announcement back in November 2007. Another thing that most people other than CNN fans wouldn't know is that Blackwell is gay, and he has spoken about this in many places on the internet. There is a certain transcript on the CNN's website where Blackwell is having a conversation with someone who is also gay and feels that gays are unjustly treated in the society.
In his leisure, Blackwell enjoys basking in the culture of South Florida, exercising, and travelling around. He is a gay person, so he hasn't married any woman so far. His net worth is said to be around $1 million, and his salary must be a good amount considering he is with the CNN. Blackwell has over 10 thousand followers on his Twitter account, 724 followers on his Instagram account, and 1,716 likes on his Facebook page. His exact height isn't known.