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.


Work ramps up even more to repair Punta Gorda seawalls from Hurricane Irma damage

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Opinions differ on Charlotte County school tax

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Artist seeks justice for stolen manta ray statue in Englewood

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New garage set to alleviate parking issues at Port Charlotte hospital

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SWFL officials say cost to clean up dumped oil could reach $250K

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is now in charge of cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oil dumped into a Charlotte County ditch. It...

Allegiant buys Kingsway Country Club and members, neighbors see a future

Neighbors of a golf course that will sit just miles away from this massive resort say it's a great thing for their community. Allegiant bought...

Truck driver shortage affecting the cost of everything that travels down the road

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SWFL agencies participate in hazmat training simulation

Several agencies participated in a hazmat training situation Thursday. Shane Simmons, president of Cheney Brothers, partnered with the Southwest Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee for...

Fundraising falls short for one SWFL fireworks show

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Red Tide threatening fish, tourism along SWFL beaches

Red Tide is threatening beaches across Southwest Florida. On Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released the latest red tide map. Charlotte County is...

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