HONORING ANITA BLANTON FOR RECEIVING THE WOMAN IN THE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 205
(Extensions of Remarks - December 18, 2019)

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HONORING ANITA BLANTON FOR RECEIVING THE WOMAN IN THE COMMUNITY SERVICE 
                                 AWARD

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                          HON. ELAINE G. LURIA

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  Mrs. LURIA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize Anita 
Blanton on receiving the 2020 Outstanding Women in the Community 
Service Award for the Tidewater Chapter of the National Coalition of 
100 Black Women, Inc. This award was developed to honor women who are 
making significant contributions to their community through their time, 
actions, talents, and dedication. This is an amazing accomplishment.
  This award recognizes Anita Blanton's lifetime of service and 
commitment to the promotion of respect among people of diverse 
backgrounds. Ms. Blanton generously serves the community as an award-
winning co-anchor for WAVY-TV 10, Hampton Roads' NBC affiliate.
  Ms. Blanton thrives on reporting the big story for her viewers. Some 
of the most memorable reporting of her career has involved severe 
weather, frequently covering President George W. Bush, visiting world 
leaders, and the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech. Ms.

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Blanton also field anchored annual coverage from the site of the 
Oklahoma City Bombing on the tragic event's three-year anniversary.
  Ms. Blanton was named to the inaugural Virginian Pilot Inside 
Business Top 40 Under 40. She has won numerous awards from the Society 
of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press for her work as an 
anchor and reporter. She has also received several community service 
awards including a Silver Star Legacy Award from the Urban League of 
Hampton Roads. And in 2019, she received the American Heart 
Association's Social Impact Media Award.
  Her service to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National 
Association of Black Journalists demonstrates her heart for service. 
She fervently fights to strengthen ties to the local community through 
media awareness. Ms. Blanton's dedication as a leader within our 
community is truly inspiring. I am proud to honor and recognize Ms. 
Blanton's leadership and the role she plays in making our community a 
better place. Coastal Virginia has significantly benefited from her 
presence.

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