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Monday, August 06, 2012

KENS 5 hires Jeff Goldblatt from WMAQ NBC 5 as main anchor

Wow, that was fast. I just posted that KENS5 anchor Jeff Vaughn was out of the San Antonio Belo station as of last Friday. Then the station just posted news of Vaughn's replacement - Jeff Goldblatt formerly of WMAQ NBC 5 Chicago:

Award-winning journalist Jeff Goldblatt is joining the KENS 5 news team, the station announced Monday afternoon.

He will appear weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. alongside KENS 5 anchors Deborah Knapp and Sarah Lucero, KENS 5 President and General Manager Bob McGann said.

"I'm very pleased to have someone of Jeff's experience not only on the anchor desk but on the reporting front," McGann said. "He has tremendous experience covering national and international stories."

Goldblatt most recently worked for NBC 5 News in Chicago, where he's on the anchor desk and reporting on a variety of assignments.

From 2008 through 2010, Goldblatt was the main anchor for the prime-time newscast of Fox Chicago/WFLD. In addition to in-studio anchoring, his responsibilities included field anchoring and interviews with key newsmakers from the desk. While at WFLD, he won two regional Emmy Awards, one for investigative reporting and the other for hard-news reporting.

Goldblatt also worked as a Chicago-based correspondent for Fox News Channel for nine years. He covered Hurricane Katrina from its landfall through its aftermath and spent more than two months in the region reporting on the devastation.

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he reported from Shanksville, Pa., and from Ground Zero in New York City.

Internationally, he has reported overseas on the War on Terror from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Goldblatt also was on the front lines in the Middle East during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War.

Goldblatt graduated with honors from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He and his wife have four children, ages 9, 6, and 4-year-old twins.

Jeff Goldblatt will begin his career at KENS 5 on Aug. 13.

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