Blake Holland

Blake Holland


East Texas

Blake Holland anchors East Texas News at 5, KLTV 7 News at 6, and is a reporter for KLTV/KTRE. Blake grew up in Panola County and graduated from Carthage High School.

His passion for news goes back to when he would make his own newscasts in his bedroom radio/TV studio. At age 14, he went to work part-time for KGAS Radio in Carthage. He had already been doing on-air work at the station since he was in elementary school.

In high school, Blake started anchoring the station’s 5 p.m. newscast and also served as the news director. His reporting was not only heard throughout East Texas but also across the state on the Texas State Network. Blake received regional recognition for his reporting on the resentencing of infamous murderer Bernie Tiede.

After high school, Blake attended the University of North Texas in Denton. While at UNT he served as the Assistant News Director of the award-winning campus television station. Blake was most recently an anchor and reporter for NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and the Texas State Network in Dallas.

Blake was voted "Best Reporter" and "Best Radio Personality" in Panola County in both 2015 and 2016 by the readers of The Panola Watchman Newspaper. He was also the recipient of two Lone Star EMMY Student Production Awards in the fall of 2016 for his work at North Texas Television.

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Recent Articles by Blake

East Texans struggle to find available doses of COVID-19 vaccine

  1 adult, 3 children die in Smith County house fire

More than 75,000 East Texas homes are experiencing power outages in wake of winter storm

East Texan goes to D.C. for Trump rally, shocked by invasion of U.S. Capitol building

Carthage community remembers pastor, law enforcement chaplain who died from COVID-19 complications

State prioritizes those at greatest risk for COVID-19 complications in next round of vaccinations

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine arrives at 3 East Texas hospitals

Pfizer sends COVID-19 vaccine supplies to East Texas hospital ahead of authorization

NET Health encourages behavior changes to avoid ‘unnecessary suffering and death’

Biden senior advisor visits East Texas, believes former VP has chance at winning Texas

Remembering Mac Davis' induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage

WEBXTRA: East Texas Chapter of American Red Cross prepares for possible local effects of Hurricane Laura

Panola County elections administrator, AgriLife secretary accused of stealing 4-H funds

Panola County Courthouse reopens following temporary closure due to COVID-19 cases

East Texas hospitals seeing increase in COVID-19 patients, UT Health leader encourages mask-wearing

UT Health East Texas nurses talk about working inside the COVID-19 ICU

East Texas native, her boyfriend recovering from COVID-19 in NYC

NET Health confirms case of COVID-19 in Gregg County

Temporary injunction ‘invalidates’ votes for opponent in Smith County constable race

WEBXTRA: Gary residents speak about fatal Panola County shooting incident

Jefferson police: Two teens injured in drive-by shooting

Smith County commissioners review November election problems

Hunter discovers message in a bottle, reunites letter with Nacogdoches man 31 years later

East Texas teen killed in wreck to be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank

Witnesses recall moments leading up to deputy-involved shooting in Nacogdoches County

Smith County fire marshal gives update on dry conditions; no burn ban issued

Continuance granted for man charged in Smith County murder

Carthage police investigating Wednesday night shooting

East Texas health care providers reflect on legacy of Elmer Ellis

East Texas veteran has trouble renewing driver’s license under new rule