Meet Blake McCoy
Blake McCoy is a dynamic, engaging broadcast journalist with a depth of experience. As a network news correspondent, Blake has traveled the country sharing stories of human triumph and tragedy, struggle and perseverance. As a local anchor, Blake has connected with audiences by leading top-rated newscasts with authenticity, accuracy and care.
Blake McCoy’s news journey began in Boise, Idaho where he spent nearly two years establishing the foundation for his career as a reporter and morning anchor at KBOI-TV.
Next stop was Las Vegas, NV where Blake McCoy worked as reporter and weekend anchor at KTNV, ABC Action News. Vegas had gone from boom to bust overnight, rattled by the 2008 financial crisis. Reporting on tourism from the fast-paced Las Vegas Strip, Blake found new urgency in the constant push for reinvention. Just beyond the neon, reporting juxtaposed with deeply personal stories of job loss, home foreclosure and desperation.
After three years in Las Vegas, Blake McCoy’s next career opportunity came from the highly respected, award-winning team at KARE 11, NBC in Minneapolis, MN. Blake would keep is schedule anchoring weekend evenings and reporting on important issues in the community. At KARE 11, Blake’s authenticity and smart reporting was quickly embraced by viewers of their #1 rated newscasts.
Network attention followed. Blake McCoy became a National Correspondent at NBC News reporting for TODAY, Nightly News, and MSNBC. Minnesota became his second-home as he would return often covering major stories including investigations and trials of multiple high-profile police shootings, racial injustice and the death of music icon Prince.
Blake McCoy received an Emmy nomination as part of NBC’s breaking news coverage of the 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, CA. He reported from scenes of other deadly mass shootings in Las Vegas and Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Extreme weather took Blake to wildfires in California, tornadoes in the Midwest, snowstorms in the Northeast and major hurricanes in the South. Blake reported from the 2016 presidential campaign trail, overseas from NBC’s London bureau and anchored the June 16, 2018 broadcast of NBC Nightly News.
The rare opportunity to launch a new show from the ground up began two years at WTTG in Washington, DC. Blake McCoy helped create a 4pm hour that blended breaking news, live interviews, pop culture and off-script hot topics. Debuting in 2019, the new show quickly soared to #1 in the Nielsen ratings, beating well-established news competitors, Dr. Phil and Judge Judy, which it replaced. The COVID-19 pandemic saw Blake leading the station’s daily coverage as one of a select few anchors still reporting to work at WTTG studios during the tense, unpredictable early months. Blake McCoy was promoted in September 2020 to also anchor the 6pm and 11pm news.
Prior to embarking on a career in broadcasting, Blake McCoy graduated with honors from The George Washington University, earning a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science. He spent a semester abroad in England, studying European politics at the University of Manchester.