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Blake Essig

Aviation and Transportation, Public Affairs Multimedia Reporter

POSTED: 03:49 PM AKDT Jul 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:14 AM AKST Nov 12, 2013 
Blake Essig

Blake joined Channel 2 News in July, 2012 as a Broadcast Journalism graduate of Arizona State University. He has experience as a Multi-Media Journalist, Producer and Anchor with Cronkite News Service, KAET-TV and COX Sports in Phoenix and also previously worked at KPTV in Portland.

He covered many major political events while in Arizona, including a Presidential visit, a GOP debate and election night.  Blake’s work for Cronkite News Service included daily local coverage on issues ranging from the complex US/Mexico border to immigration and other news features including sports.

Blake shares Channel Two’s passion for compelling storytelling and he has that all-important journalistic fire for breaking news. As a proven journalist, Blake is aggressive is seeking truth and works hard to generate stories that connect with every viewer, from the casual news observer to those who eat, sleep and breathe news.

Blake has lived all over the west coast, growing up in San Diego and making stops in Santa Barbara, Seattle, Portland and Phoenix for work and school along the way.

If you meet Blake in person, you'll immediately find his energy level and enthusiasm to be palpable. Perhaps, that's because Blake played football and hockey in his early college days, and was also a professional soccer referee in his “free time” while in school in Arizona. Blake professes to be a fan of all sports, but especially football, and his beloved San Diego Chargers.

Blake comes to KTUU with a well of enthusiasm for his new role and is excitedly looking forward to a new life adventure in the Great State of Alaska.  Having spent most of his life near a beach and/or in big cities, coming to Alaska is an experience of a lifetime. He says the opportunity to work in Alaska but to also experience hunting, fishing, the beautiful outdoors and a unique culture was truly irresistible. Besides, after spending the last few years in the desert heat, Alaska's snow and below-freezing temperatures may be a welcomed change.

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