Bill Blankenship is a native Kansan, born in the southwest corner of the state in Lakin, where he was graduated in 1973 from Lakin High School. He is an alumnus of Garden City Community College, Metropolitan State College (Denver, Colo.) and Washburn University. Blankenship has worked since August 1985 at The Topeka Capital-Journal, where he has served as a general assignment reporter, police reporter, county government reporter, assistant city editor, metro editor, and, currently, arts & entertainment editor. Blankenship is married to Maryanne Esteban, and they live in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., in a 118-year-old home in which his wife and her seven siblings were raised. He is the proud godfather of two great-nieces, Rebecca Hernandez and Ana Hernandez, and the great-uncle of eight great-nieces and great-nephews in the area, the eldest of which is 16. Blankenship is a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Kansas City, Mo., where he is a charter member of its Knights of Columbus council, an altar server, a lector, an usher, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a sacristan and a tour guide. He also is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Blankenship and his wife enjoy many of the things he covers as arts & entertainment editor, including theater, concerts and movies. He has one sister, Vicki Allen, who lives in Aurora, Colo., with her husband, Rick.
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