You can catch Bianca anchoring the 6 o’clock p.m. and 11 o’clock p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” right here on NewsChannel 3’s website.

Bianca joined NewsChannel 3 in July 2003. A Navy wife, new to Hampton Roads, she took a position as an Associate Producer to get her foot in the door. It worked. Two months after first walking into the newsroom in Norfolk, she hit the air as the morning traffic reporter. Bianca’s work in the traffic center changed the way WTKR did traffic. Instead of doing everything from the studio, she went on location when the job required it. Instead of sitting in the studio during Hurricane Isabel, she was out in the elements at our area bridge tunnels, bringing viewers the story right from the scene.

While reporting traffic was great for honing her live reporting skills, Bianca was a news junkie at heart and was anxious to get out and spend more time in the field and put her journalism skills to work. In January 2005, Bianca hit the street and made the jump to full-time reporter. Not much later she joined the NewsChannel 3 morning team as co-anchor.

Before coming to WTKR, Bianca was a producer at KITV4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was responsible for writing, editing, even punching/directing her morning newscasts airing on the ABC affiliate and CNN Headline News. On top of her producing responsibilities, she served as the station voice and interviewed and told the stories of families for the Kapiolani Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. She followed her husband to Hawaii after studying journalism and U.S military history at Penn State University and working a year as a field producer at the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC. The encouragement she received as a fresh faced kid in television has stuck with her for the past eleven years. The reporting experiences there solidified her commitment to telling stories.

It was not the first time Bianca worked with NBC4. In fact, she got her start in the business at that station at the age of 14 as a Teen TV reporter. The work done by the Teen TV team for a special focusing on Teen Violence in 1994 earned the station a large amount of recognition and accolades. She was even featured in the station’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

When she’s not anchoring or working on her feature, “Do My Military Job,” Bianca spends her free time with her husband and their two children. Lucas and Sophia keep her busy with soccer and lots of quality family fun!! Bianca is also a self proclaimed CrossFit addict!

Recent Articles
  • Women’s wrestling taking off in Hampton Roads

    For some, wrestling has long been thought of as a boy’s sport in middle and high school. That is changing in Hampton Roads. As NewsChannel 3’s Bianca Martinez reports, Virginia women’s wrestling is about to take off and these girls have their sights set on national competition.

  • Ethereal Cupcakes to hold ‘Raise the Dough’ charity drive Saturday

    As part of small business Saturday, Ethereal Cupcakes at the Peninsula Town Center in Hampton is holding their raise the dough charity drive.

  • Barbara Ciara opens up about early struggles as a woman in news

    As moviegoers anxiously await the sequel to comedy classic Anchorman, the Newseum in Washington DC has opened an exhibit dedicated to the film. Some of the focus is on women breaking into journalism during the 70s and 80s. Bianca Martinez sat down with our very own Barbara Ciara who talked about her early struggles as a woman in a male dominated business. For news women like Barbara, breaking in was a reality. “So the doors were opening but they were […]

  • Barbara Ciara opens up about her career experiences through the years as a woman

    NewsChannel 3’s Barbara Ciara is opening up about her early experiences as a woman in the news business. Much like Anchorman’s Veronica Corningstone, Barbara worked her way into a newsroom and began a career in what was an all-male landscape. She dealt with the jokes, the comments and still managed to prove many of her male counterparts wrong. But that’s where the similarities stop. Her early days were rarely funny. And as she explained, some still sting. “They put yet another […]

  • WOD named for Marine behind the Travis Manion Foundation

    NewsChannel 3 is excited to be a part of the Travis Manion Foundations' 9/11 Heroes Run to honor the fallen.

  • Gary Sinise meets with wounded warriors after Lt. Dan Band show in Portsmouth

    Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band hit the stage in Portsmouth over the weekend. But it was more than just his musical skills that made an impact on this military community.

  • Take a sneak peek at the movie about fallen SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy

    Virginia Beach, Va. – MURPH: The Protector movie will open in theaters this weekend. The film tells the story of Medal of Honor recipient and SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy. He made the ultimate sacrifice in June of 2005 in Afghanistan as part of Operation Red Wings. Bianca Martinez sat down with the movie’s producer, Scott Mactavish. He says it was a project of passion for him to tell this story of courage and commitment. “My job was to unpack that and […]

  • Mission Monday: Help for the Holidays

    Looking to help or be helped this holiday season? Here is some great information directly from NAS Oceana: The Holiday Assistance Program here at NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex is all new for 2012. As always, HAP is the annual tradition where Sailors and Marines and their families are offered assistance through the generous spirit of their shipmates. In previous years, full dinners were assembled by food donations and issued to Sailors and Marines, including a frozen turk ey. […]

  • Mission Monday: Sarges List

    Save money! Save money! That’s the goal of Sarges List, the classifieds especially for those with military ties! This resource is especially helpful for PCS time. You can sell your excess stuff and then but what you need when you get to your next duty station! Check them out at Sarges List

  • Mission Monday: Books and Computers!

    How cool?! Why did I not know there is a Little Creek Fort Story Library right on base?! Love it! Right now they are making it very easy for the kids to find what they want. There are even computers available for them to work with! Check it out!

  • Hanging at Naval Special Warfare Group 2

    Had another great Do My Military Job shoot this morning!!! Hint: Communication is key!! :-) Thanks to the Mobile Communications Detachment for showing me how they get it done. Putting together those satellites is not easy and I now know! And thanks for the swag Lt George Harris!

  • Do My Military Job Returns!

    Holy Cow! Many thanks to the Langley A.F.B Fire Department for hosting me today. This was by far one of the most challenging DMMJs I’ve done in three years. Wow! The PT test with an added 60lbs was a gut check. However, the fire in the plane trainer and rescue training blew me away. A sneak peek is coming up on the four o’clock newscast today.