Brianna Hamblin joined the Spectrum News 1 Rochester team in August 2020. Having been raised in Stafford, Virginia, Brianna attended the University of Virginia, where she was the founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists chapter at UVA (NABJ at UVA), and received the Bernard Mayes Award “for exemplifying the ideals of the Department of Media Studies.”
She is most proud of a story from early on in her career, where she interviewed a homeless woman about her experience and hardships. Almost a year later, the same woman told Brianna how her interview helped her get a job and off the streets. Inspired by the people she interviews daily, Brianna strives to ensure people are heard, and hopes to leave a lasting impact through her reporting. As a member of the Rochester community, she wants to make it a better place for everyone to live.
Though she hasn’t been in the Rochester area long, she has already claimed it as her own, saying it’s everything she could want in a city. Brianna loves exploring area parks with her dog Cooper (just ask and she will show you a picture), and checking out area restaurants -- her favorite so far is Ox and Stone. You can often find her taking in the view from the Riverwalk behind the Spectrum News studio, one of her favorite spots in the city, or at Athletic Apex Penfield, where she teaches a dance fitness class called Dance Fusion.
You can follow her on Twitter.