Kay Blevins Joins News 12 Now

Monday, August 28, 2017
Kay Blevins
Kay Blevins

News 12 Now and WDEF-TV, the Morris Network CBS station serving the greater Tennessee Valley, announces the newest member of its news team, Kay Blevins.

Beginning Tuesday, Ms. Blevins will join long-time morning weather personality Chip Chapman from 5-7 a.m. each weekday as well as 12 Noon.

She brings a decade of experience in broadcast journalism spent covering her hometown and the surrounding Tennessee Valley. Born and raised in the Tennessee Valley, Ms. Blevins graduated from Red Bank High School and then attended UTC. There she anchored the UTC Mocs News and graduated with a degree in communications.

Ms. Blevins said, "My love of broadcast journalism began in college. I love storytelling. This is my hometown, and I want to make a difference in this community. I hope to deliver accurate and compassionate news each day. I want each viewer to be informed and prepared with what they need to know before they walk out of their door each morning."

Prior to joining News 12 Now, Ms. Blevins worked in public relations, appeared in commercials, and worked in broadcasting elsewhere in Chattanooga. During her journalism career, Ms. Blevins has covered the April 2011 tornadoes, numerous elections and trial, and included investigative reporting.

She is married To Travis Blevins. She enjoys watching her two children play sports and spending time with her hometown family.

Dutch Terry, news director, said, “Kay is a very talented journalist who is passionate about getting back to her roots anchoring the news. Her inquisitive nature and exceptional storytelling skills make her the perfect fit for our new morning and noon news team. She embodies everything about the Greater Chattanooga area with a great ability to connect with the community where she was born and raised. Kay can pivot from breaking news to feature stories without missing a beat.”



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