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.

Education

California State University, Northridge.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

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

Hometown

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.

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Man recounts saving children from Charlotte County school bus fire

Chuck Valente is still full of adrenaline after rescuing 14 kids on a Charlotte County school bus that went up in flames. "Instinct....
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Construction for Allegiant Sunseeker Resort may be delayed

Construction of Allegiant's ritzy Sunseeker Resort in Port Charlotte may be delayed. Charlotte County rejected the resort's final site plan because it didn't include an...
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Are Punta Gorda hotels seeing cancellations amid red tide?

Red tide is impacting tourism across Southwest Florida. "Last year they were here, but this year they decided not to come," said Maria Grebe, general...
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Manatee deaths increase; several found in Lee & Charlotte counties

Three manatees washed ashore Tuesday throughout parts of Southwest Florida. "So they get it from breathing it, they get it from eating it, and swimming...
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Charlotte County residents dealing with overgrown vacant lots

Charlotte County neighbors are no stranger to the sound of yard work. Some, like homeowner Jim Chenard, hear it more often than others because they're...
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Free food expansion program coming to Charlotte County schools

A program expanding in Charlotte County means more children will get free breakfast and lunch at school. "A lot of parents in this area probably...
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Red tide still clinging to Charlotte County coast

Red tide is still clinging to the Charlotte County coast, driving away beachgoers. The empty beaches is just one sign of the major impact the...
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Community comes together to support family of dead North Port toddler

Balloons, stuffed animals and flowers line the canal that 20-month-old Ava Perry was found dead in Tuesday. Now, a community is rallying together to support...
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North Port toddler found in ‘fast-moving canal’ has died

After a large search for a missing 20-month-old girl, North Port authorities located her in a canal near the home, and rushed her to...
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Residents react to flooding in Punta Gorda neighborhood

It took less than an hour of heavy rain to leave this Punta Gorda neighborhood underwater. "In the year that we've been here there's never...

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