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Christopher Blank

News Director

Trading his hometown newsroom of the St. Petersburg Times (alligators, beach bars and fish tales) for the Memphis Commercial Appeal (Elvis, civil rights and barbecue) in 2001, Christopher loves journalism that blends history, current events and cultural change.

As WKNO's News Director, he is a frequent contributor to NPR and moderates conversations about Memphis' arts and culture community through the station's Culture Desk Facebook page. He also serves as Senior Producer for the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting

His numerous awards for both print and radio reporting include a 2017 and 2020 Green Eyeshade Awards for Public Service Journalism. 

His 2020 special report “The Waiting Decade: Rape Victims Still Seek Justice” won First Place prizes in Investigative Reporting and Short Documentary from the Public Media Journalists Association.