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.


‘We’re actually leaving’: Beachgoers feel effects of red tide on Boca Grande

Lindsay Macklin and her family traveled from Wisconsin to vacation on Boca Grande Beach, and experienced some of the side effects associated with red...

As scams get more sophisticated the AARP ‘Imposter IQ Quiz’ tests your knowledge

Judy Schnabel never thought she would be one to fall for a scam. That was until she almost did, "I was shocked. I felt like...

Punta Gorda to mull gas ordinance to protect drivers from skimmers, fraud

The City of Punta Gorda will discuss a possible ordinance to require additional protections at gas stations Wednesday. Shannon Latimer, of Punta Gorda, said she...

Port Charlotte Marketplace to bring new shopping options to area

The old K-Mart plaza in Port Charlotte is getting a makeover with a new name and new look after sitting vacant this past year. "I...

Charlotte County leads the way in Florida with recycling program

Charlotte County is leading the way in Florida with its recycling program. The county achieved 75.2 percent in traditional recycling — exceeding the state mandated...

Charlotte County app allows residents to request mosquito relief

Charlotte County residents can now get mosquito relief with the click of a button. Recent heavy rain and storms have aggravated mosquito activity in parts...

Car plows into Rotonda West home leaving gaping hole

A car plowed into a home in Rotonda West Sunday, leaving a massive hole behind. The incident happened on Rotonda Circle near Caddy Road. One...

Local organizations in desperate need of volunteers

Several Southwest Florida charities have a big need for volunteers this time of year. "We always need volunteers to come in and help," said Lisa...

Punta Gorda neighbors anticipating flooding from weekend subtropical storm

Neighbors in one Punta Gorda neighborhood say it's common to see inches of standing water on the road in front of Faith Lutheran Church...

Company to build 3D-printed homes in Englewood

A 3D printing company is using technology to bring fast, flexible and affordable housing to Englewood. The company called 3D Build Systems plans to start...

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