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Co-anchor of Local 24 News at 5pm, 6pm & 10pm Monday-Friday.
Katina is a native of Magee, Mississippi. She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Alcorn State University and her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Jackson State University. Most recently, Rankin was the anchor of the top rated morning news at WLBT-TV in Jackson, MS. She has held similar evening positions at: WSMV-TV Nashville, TN; WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, NC; and WAPT-TV, Jackson, MS.
During her journalism career, Katina has covered everything from the Mississippi murder trials of Byron De La Beckwith and Sam Bowers to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Texas. She has featured local Miss America Pageant contestants by following them to Atlantic City, and she has traveled to San Antonio for the Final Four tournaments. Katina’s daily reports about the impact of Hurricane Katrina included an in-depth interview with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. She also interviewed notable figures and broke many stories in the lacrosse rape investigation at Duke University in North Carolina.
Katina has also interviewed former NAACP president Myrlie Evers, presidential candidate John Edwards, late Rosa Parks and B.B. King, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and basketball greats Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley. Katina also distinguished herself as a journalist by earning several news awards including an Emmy nomination. Rankin is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, the Athletes for Progress Award and has been honored by many other prestigious organizations. Rankin has been named Mississippi Woman of the Year, Shero of the Year, and Mid-South Influencer for her work with women and children.
Katina’s passion is helping people. She is founder of the Nonprofit, Katina’s Klassroom, which aims to improve reading skills and eliminate food insecurity in under-served areas. In addition, she has given back to the community by speaking to hundreds of church groups, schools, and universities through the years. Katina believes proper training can help individuals realize their potential and help them get to the next level. She has also taught writing classes at Jackson State University. Additionally, Katina has given the commencement address at Alcorn State University. And, she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Katina has also authored and published “Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk,” a children’s book. The “Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk” Coloring and Activity book was released in mid-December 2016. The sequel to “Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk”, “Kendall’s Kitchen: Healthy and Hearty Recipes for Kids” was released in October 2018. Katina’s children’s civil rights books: “Emmett Till: Sometimes Good Can Come Out of a Bad Situation”; “Medgar Evers: He Taught His Kids to Crawl so We Could Stand”; and “March on Children! The Story of James Meredith’s March Against Fear” were published in summer of 2018. All books are available on amazon.com. Her first picture book will be released at the end of the 2018.
Katina loves hearing from viewers. Have suggestions or local good news tips? Email Katina.