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.


Red Tide threatening fish, tourism along SWFL beaches

Red Tide is threatening beaches across Southwest Florida. On Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released the latest red tide map. Charlotte County is...

SWFL organization raises awareness of growing need for foster parents

The Children's Network of Southwest Florida is working to encourage more people to become foster parents. WINK News reporter Kristi Gross has more details. Watch...

Steel and aluminum tariffs continue to worry SWFL contractors

Southwest Florida contractors worry recent steel and aluminum tariffs will impact their businesses. Brenden Walker, president of Hammerhead Construction Services, has been busy with new...

Charlotte County bar owners seek answers after woman smashes in windows

The search is on for a suspect who authorities say broke the window at a Charlotte County bar. The incident happened at Hawgz and Dawgz,...

‘Tuckers Point’ project proposes over 1,600 homes, retail space, restaurants & more

A developer has plans to add a massive hotel along with hundreds of homes on the side of I-75 near the Tuckers Grade exit...

Allegiant cancels flights after delay of new plane

Allegiant Air was forced to cancel more than 30 flights after the shipment of a new plane was delayed, leaving dozens of passengers stranded. The...

New guinea flatworms surface in SWFL

Creepy and potentially dangerous crawlers are making their way up to Southwest Florida. Most new guinea flatworms are found in South Florida, but they have...

New food pantry gives those in SWFL access to meals around the clock

A new 24-hour food pantry is ready to help people in Port Charlotte no matter what time of day. Pastor Prevoit Numa of Ebenezer Church...

Large invasive lizards spotted in SWFL cause for concern to pet owners

Large lizards are posing a threat to SWFL pets. They're called Argentine Black and White Tegu lizards and are known to prey upon other...

‘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...

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