Blake Holland is the anchor of East Texas News at 5 and a reporter for KLTV/KTRE. Blake grew up in Panola County and graduated from Carthage High School.
His passion for news goes back to when he would make his own newscasts in his bedroom radio/TV studio. At age 14, he went to work part-time for KGAS Radio in Carthage. He had already been doing on-air work at the station since he was in elementary school.
In high school, Blake started anchoring the station’s 5 p.m. newscast and also served as the news director. His reporting was not only heard throughout East Texas but also across the state on the Texas State Network. Blake received regional recognition for his reporting on the resentencing of infamous murderer Bernie Tiede.
After high school, Blake attended the University of North Texas in Denton. While at UNT he served as the Assistant News Director of the award-winning campus television station. Blake was most recently an anchor and reporter for NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and the Texas State Network in Dallas.
Blake was voted "Best Reporter" and "Best Radio Personality" in Panola County in both 2015 and 2016 by the readers of The Panola Watchman Newspaper. He was also the recipient of two Lone Star EMMY Student Production Awards in the fall of 2016 for his work at North Texas Television.
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Friends of a Smith County man who recently died from Legionnaires’ disease say he was denied the right to vote while in the hospital, despite being well-known for encouraging others to participate in elections. Meanwhile, the Smith County Elections Administrator disputes the claims.
According to the district, Coach McLaughlin died on Monday after a four-month battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. McLaughlin coached both varsity football and baseball along with teaching high school history, according to the district website.
Tuesday marks the 232nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. To mark the occasion, students and community members at Tyler Junior College had the rare opportunity to see the constitution at work when it comes to our nation’s legal process.
“No burning whatsoever,” said Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price. “Right now, everything is so dry on the surface that any little spark, any little ember, anything could start a fire. And if there’s a little bit of a breeze, it could get out of hand very quickly.”