John Blunt
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Philadelphia native John Blunt co-anchors the NBC 10 weekend morning and midday news broadcasts in addition to general assignment reporting during the week. Blunt joined WCAU in January 1984 as a reporter.

He returned to his hometown of Philadelphia from Detroit, Michigan, where he had anchored and reported since 1976 for WDIV-TV, Channel 4. One of the most respected television journalists in the mid-west, his achievements have been recognized by community organizations and industry alike. Among his honors is the prestigious Michigan School Bell Award, which he earned for his education reports.

Prior to joining WDIV, he worked from 1970 to 1976 as anchor and reporter for WBTV, Channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his tenure, the station was the dominant news organization in the Charlotte market.

Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Blunt attended Philadelphia public schools including Simon Gratz and Olney High. In 1960, he joined the United States Air Force, and served for four years. He attended Winston-Salem State College, Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a degree in English. He also holds a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

He enjoys reaching back to the youth in his community. “It’s been a joy to talk to public school students about growing up in Philadelphia and advancing on into television,” Blunt said. John, his wife and teenage son reside in suburban Philadelphia.

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Bob Kravitz
Bio courtesy of NBC 10

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