Jeannie Blaylock

Jeannie Blaylock is the co-anchor of the First Coast News at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and she is the FCN Healthwatch reporter.

Jeannie has earned much recognition for her work, including 19 Emmys, multiple Associated Press awards, several national Edward R. Murrow awards and a Peabody.

Jeannie is the first person in Jacksonville to win the prestigious Peabody.

The award recognizes her pioneering work in the creation of "Buddy Check 12," which has saved the lives of hundreds of First Coast women and several men, as well. Jeannie has motivated dozens of cities - from Atlanta to Denver - to copy Buddy Check 12 and motivate women to catch breast cancer early by self exam or mammogram. Buddy Check 12 is celebrating more than 22 years of saving lives.

If Buddy Check 12 has helped you, please contact Jeannie.  

Her email is: jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com

Her cell is:  904-361-8289

Jeannie’s most recent work includes “Operation Orion,” an in-depth look at the “invisible wounds” haunting so many of our veterans. Jeannie is examining the high suicide rate among warriors with PTSD and inspiring the community to help a local non-profit, “K9s for Warriors.”  The group custom trains rescue dogs to help warriors regain their lives.  These are veterans diagnosed with PTSD or TBI (traumatic brain injury) or MST (military sexual trauma). Jeannie’s stories have inspired several hundred thousand dollars in donations for a new PTSD recovery center, which opened in 2015 in Nocatee.

Jeannie is also passionate about another project she created. “The Apple Project” looks at the desperate need on the First Coast for free dental care for low-income families with no insurance. Jeannie’s stories have inspired awareness and more than a million dollars in giving and in-kind donations to build a dental clinic.  The new facility is open in Jacksonville now and taking patients who can’t afford a dentist.

Jeannie is married to Jacksonville native, Bill. She loves photography and throws her own pottery. She is the proud mom of twins.

 

First Coast News


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