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.


2 Charlotte County hospitals receive near-failing grades

Several Charlotte County hospitals received low ranking grades. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that grades hospitals nationwide, gave Bayfront Health locations in Punta...

Video shows car driving wrong way on US 41 in Punta Gorda

Charlotte County residents expressed their concerns Tuesday over potential dangers with one-way roads. The Punta Gorda Police Department shared this video on Facebook showing an...

Popular Punta Gorda military history museum moving to new location

The Military Heritage Museum in Charlotte County is making history of its own. "Our intent is really to bring a world class museum," said Patti...

Fort Myers pet groomer offers haircuts, transparency

Maria Roelle knows that for many dog owners who drop their pets off to groomers, the process can be a source of anxiety for...

Englewood barber shop still closed after hit-and-run

This business is personal for Irving's Barber Shop co-owner Kris Boyden. "I got to think that the reason that the building is still standing and...

SWFL passengers voice concerns over scathing Allegiant investigation

Frequent flyers have mixed feelings concerning Allegiant Air flights—the only carrier out of the Punta Gorda airport. "I've flown only a few times and I've...

FDOT mulls expansion of Harborview Rd. in Charlotte Harbor

The Florida Department of Transportation is considering different options to expand Harborview Road in Charlotte County. The nearly $29 million project would widen Harborview Road...

Officials: Punta Gorda water safe to drink, not toxic

The reason why Punta Gorda's residents water smell and tastes a little weird is because of the algae blooms in the water. Algae blooms were detected...

Atlanta Braves open spring training preview center in North Port

The Atlanta Braves opened its spring training preview center this week in North Port. The preview center located at the Cornerstone Plaza on 14906 Tamiami...

Port Charlotte condo mulls ban of all common-space gatherings

Board members at the Cambridge House Condominiums are set to vote on a new policy following a lawsuit filed by tenant Donna Dunbar. Dunbar used to...

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