WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids) morning show co-host Jackie Blankenship (known on-air as Jackie Green) has been crowned Mrs. America 2022. She won the Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas the weekend of November 20-21. Blankenship’s road to the crown was somewhat complicated, telling WZZM-TV, “I actually was first runner up, I was second place. But the woman who did win had some health issues and had to step down,” she said. “So, they said ‘hey, you’re now the winner.’ They give you this whole spiel at a pageant, where if a winner can’t fulfill their duties, then first runner up will take over. They say that, but who ever thinks that’s gonna happen?”
Blankenship was born in Lansing and grew up in Portage. After high school, she accepted a scholarship for cross country and track at Ferris State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in applied speech communication and met her husband Jim. Green previously worked as a reporter for WXMI-TV for two years and spent four years as midday host on WGRD-FM. She joined WHTS as afternoon host in 2016. In 2019, the station teamed her up with Rachel Gray to form the The Gray and Green Show.
Blankenship told WZZM that she will compete next in the Mrs. World Pageant 2022, which will also be held in Las Vegas.