Blake Hanson is an award-winning journalist for WDSU Newschannel 6 (NBC) in New Orleans, La. His reporting has been broadcast on CNN, The Weather Channel, NBC Nightly News, and on local news stations in nearly every market in America.
Blake has a knack for covering the big stories. When Hurricane Isaac tracked toward New Orleans, he reported live from the first signs of flooding in southeaste Louisiana. When an oil platform exploded in the gulf, he was the only reporter to get aboard a boat and report from the scene. When passengers who were stranded aboard the Carnival Triump got stranded again on a broken down bus, he was the first reporter to uncover the story and talk to a passenger.
Blake is breaking news and telling stories for WDSU Newschannel 6. After just six months of reporting in New Orleans, his station nominated him for Louisiana Associated Press Reporter of the Year, and Press Club of New Orleans Reporter of the Year.
Since arriving in May 2012, he has covered the wrath of Hurricane Isaac, reported live from Super Bowl XLVII marked by a blackout and told the touching stories of victims of a Christmas day tornado.
Blake also nabbed a market exclusive when he was the only reporter to board a boat and get up close video after a disastrous oil platform explosion. He was also the only reporter to talk with boaters who witnesses the explosion.
A good story cannot be told without proper presentation. As an anchor, Blake’s crafted his way through breaking news situations and told sensitive stories on several mediums.
As one of WDSU’s fill-in anchors, Blake connects with the audience across all mediums. Whether it’s a Facebook “question of the day”, or simply connecting with the audience in person while representing the station at community events.
Blake’s also been tasked with telling stories on one of the newest fronts: Mobile news. He spent a year working as a writer/anchor for Newsy.com, specializing in political and U.S. news. His stories often found their way to the front page of the Huffington Post, reaching out to a national audience.read more