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.


Patients waiting months for results from Port Charlotte imaging service

Complaints continue to flood in from a radiology office in Port Charlotte. Advanced Imaging touts itself as providing quick and "real time" service, but several...

Soundtrack to scare birds away from Arcadia farm keeping neighbors away too

"Birds yes, we're used to. But the cannon sounds and the riffle sound and the hawk coming in for a kill sound, we're not...

Charlotte, Sarasota counties mull River Road expansion project

Commissioners in Charlotte and Sarasota counties are discussing ways to expand River Road in Englewood. River Road, a Sarasota County street, is critical to both...

Pickleball complex requests $400K donation from Charlotte County

A possible tourism venture could provide entertainment for residents and visitors in Southwest Florida. PicklePlex of Punta Gorda Inc. is proposing using tax dollars to...

Charlotte County looks to add more sidewalks & bike lanes

The Charlotte County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs the public's input as they work to put together a bike and pedestrian plan for local...

Officials discuss adding new I-75 interchange to ease congestion

The congestion is constant: lines of cars backed up along Peachland and Veterans Boulevards, all leading to the Kings Highway interchange. "We stay and spend...

Witness describes North Port attempted kidnapping involving man associated with Natalee Holloway case

A woman says she witnessed an attempted kidnapping early Wednesday morning in North Port. "I was walking down Coco Solo. I heard screams and I...

SWFL honors memory of Parkland school shooting victims

Schools across Southwest Florida participated in a National School Walkout Wednesday in memory of the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The walkouts, memorials...

Charlotte County schools say more guns in classrooms isn’t the answer

"I think anything to protect our children, I would go for it," said concerned parent Angela Rossetti. But for Charlotte County Schools, more guns outside...

Babcock Ranch takes solar energy to the next level with new technology

Babcock Ranch is taking solar energy to a new level, unveiling the first solar to battery storage system in the country. "We'll be able to...

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