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WTVT promotes reporter Kristin Wright to weekend anchor job

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 04:21 AM
TAMPA -

Kristin Wright, a general assignment reporter at WTVT, Channel 13, was named today as weekend anchor for Fox 13.

Wright, who has been filling in for the past few weeks, replaces former anchor Nerissa Prest.

Wright, 33, was married last month. Her husband Gregory is an English teacher.

She says she will still be reporting for three days a week. "It's perfect for me because I like getting out on the street and meeting people and doing stories," she says.

Fox 13 News Director John Hoffman says, "We are very proud of Kristin, her contributions to the station and the community. We look forward to seeing her succeed in this new role."

Wright joined WTVT-TV in March 2008. She previously was a weekend anchor and reporter at WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa. "I had friends at the station who had worked at this station and they talked about how much they loved it," she says.

A Detroit native, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science. During her four years in Pennsylvania, she covered the Amish school shootings, the governor's race between Gov. Ed Rendell and Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, and many snow storms. Wright also was known for her sensitive coverage of the homeless population.

She said she wanted to come to Florida to try a new market and Tampa felt like the right place.

In Harrisburg, Wright received an Emmy nomination, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and honors from the Pennsylvania Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Wright was also recognized for her volunteer work with the American Literacy Corporation.

From 2001-2004, Wright worked as morning anchor and general assignment reporter at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y.

She began her career in television as a news writer at WDIV in Detroit.


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