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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‘It’s just a big job’: Punta Gorda seawall repairs underway

The pieces of crumbling seawalls will soon be repaired more than five months after Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida. "It was a total wreck," said...
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Man arrested for setting up ‘gun range’, shooting into neighbor’s apartment

A Cape Coral man was arrested after firing a gun inside his apartment, with bullets flying over the heads of his sleeping neighbors in...
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Man jailed after shaking newborn baby, causing its brain to bleed

A baby is fighting for his life tonight after a Charlotte County man shook the five-week-old so hard it caused his brain to bleed. The...

Residents nervous after helicopters used to shoot wild hogs in Charlotte County

The USDA is using helicopters to search for wild hogs and shoot them down. Hogs can be a big issue if their population is not...
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Community voices concerns over Placida fishery project

Charlotte County has plans to tear down the historic Placida Fishing Village and replace it with condos, shops and restaurants. It's near the Boca Grande...
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Charlotte County offers 911 text dispatch service

Anyone in Charlotte County can text a 911 dispatch service in the event of an emergency. The service was created for scenarios where talking on...
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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office to conduct ‘special traffic enforcement locations’

Charlotte County drivers could soon begin noticing increased patrols and traffic stops at crash-prone intersections. Katie Heck, a spokesperson for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office,...
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Punta Gorda set to demolish once-popular neighborhood park

A park in Punta Gorda in desperate need of repairs will not be rebuilt, according to city officials. The city shut it down in 2007...
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Construction forced to stop after dirt covers people’s homes, cars

Charlotte County shut down a construction site near homes, where dirt and filth covers houses and parked cars. "It's bad if you go outside you'll...
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Officials encouraged by huge turnout at flu shot clinic, but supplies run low

Collier County health officials say they're encouraged by the turnout Sunday, as hundreds of people showed up to get vaccinated during one of the...

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