Kristi Gross

Professional Experience

2015 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked at KXXV News Channel 25 in Waco, Texas.

News Philosophy

Journalism is about holding those in positions of power accountable, keeping the public informed and being a true and complete reflection of the community you serve. I love telling stories that can create change and make an impact on the community.


California State University, Northridge.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

Being so close to the beautiful beaches and the amazing sunsets.


Stockton, Calif.

Memorable Assignments

The 2013 West Fertilizer Company plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 first responders, the trial of the man convicted of the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, the second attack on Fort Hood in April 2014 and being one of the first reporters on scene of the May 2015 Waco biker gang shootout that left nine people dead and 17 injured.

Interesting Facts

Studied abroad for a year where she scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef, hiked a glacier in New Zealand, attended La Tomatina (the famous tomato fight) in Buñol, Spain, and has traveled to eight countries so far.


Mote Marine to use $2.2M to fight red tide

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Parents taking action after kids beaten up at bus stop

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Doggy dining now an option in Charlotte County

People with pets will soon be able to take their dogs to dinner in Charlotte County. Starting Tuesday, restaurants can apply for a permit and...

Punta Gorda could to expand medical marijuana dispensary zoning

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Investigation finds air-traffic control at fault for Punta Gorda airport mishap

2-years ago a small air-plane was blown off the runway during an attempt to land at the Punta Gorda airport. A report just released by...

Neighbors concerned about Rotunda West cell tower

Some Rotunda West neighbors say they are against Verizon's plan to install a 135-foot mono-pole cell tower in their neighborhood. The cell tower would go...

Mote Marine working on treatment for manatees sickened by red tide

Mote Marine scientists are teaming up with student researchers to look at manatees that have been sickened by red tide. The team will look at...

Nurses threaten strike at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Nurses at a Southwest Florida hospital could walk off the job. The National Nurses Organizing Committee approved strikes at 10 hospitals across the state, even...

Residents express concern over lack of affordable housing in Punta Gorda

Annette Horner knows the struggle to find affordable housing in Punta Gorda all too well. "When I was looking it took me (2.5) years to...

Port Charlotte water park delay causing frustration for families

Families are becoming frustrated with the delay of the Lost Lagoon waterpark in Port Charlotte. What was originally Murdock Village, the city had plans to...

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