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.


Manasota Key seawall project proceeds past hurricane season

MANASOTA KEY, Fla. - A seawall meant to protect against storm damage that cost shorefront condominium residents $10,000 each remained under construction Wednesday, the...

Authorities investigate death after Punta Gorda house fire

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A homeowner is being treated in the intensive care unit of at the Black Medical Center in Bradenton after a...

North Port ‘ready’ to welcome medical dispensaries

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Officials are moving forward with a measure that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. The ordinance would cap the...

Charlotte commissioners to discuss Punta Gorda gun range lawsuit

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County commissioners are preparing to discuss on Tuesday a lawsuit filed against the county over the sheriff's office's use...

Port Charlotte big rig goes up in flames

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Heavy black smoke and flames shot into the sky after a big rig caught fire Wednesday at Extra Space storage...

Waterfest returns to Englewood Beach

ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. - Local businesses are gearing up for one of Charlotte County's biggest events, Waterfest, which showcases the water sports that Englewood...

Charlotte County to promote outdoors in new tourism campaign

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County officials hope a new slogan, "Our best side is outside," paired with a campaign promoting outdoor attractions and...

Charlotte County roads still under water after heavy rains

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County continued to address its flooded streets Tuesday -- one day after a storm dumped several inches of rain in the...

Boca Grande beaches nearly deserted after swell of red tide

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. - Beaches were nearly deserted Friday afternoon after red tide left a surprise of dead fish for tourists. The toxic algae prompted a change...

Charlotte County leaders propose $2M fence for inmates

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County commissioners are proposing a $2 million fence with specialized mesh after two Charlotte County Jail inmates jumped to their...

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