Kirstin Chloe Garriss
Company: Spectrum News
Position: Government Reporter
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Los Angeles, California
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
Almost 2.5 years.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I’m a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Tar Heel basketball fan so needless to say March Madness is my favorite time of the year! I’m a huge Beyoncé fan, thrifter, American history buff and when I’m not reporting, I try to be a wine connoisseur for my friends. I’m also a proud “plant mom” to three plants but adopting a rescue dog is one of my goals in the near future.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
I’m a volunteer with Heal Charlotte, a community organization that sponsors an after-school camp for at-risk youth in northeast Charlotte. During one of our sessions, I taught the group of middle and high school students how to make dream clouds, an activity that involves creating a cloud with your dreams for the future. It was such a memorable experience helping these students set short and long-term goals for their futures and showing them how to dream beyond their current circumstances.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
As a TV reporter, I’m in the community every day, whether I’m covering a government meeting or on the scene of a homicide. I believe I contribute to the community by being a truth seeker and making sure our citizens are informed, but also highlighting their stories. I also believe I contribute to community by being a role model and showing young women of color that we can cover topics like government and that we can be in the same spaces as politician, challenging them on important issues facing our neighborhoods. I’m also a volunteer, outside of my reporting duties, which is important to me because I want to give back to my community as a citizen. I’ve had the chance to volunteer with Heal Charlotte, an organization that was formed after the officer-involved shooting death of Keith Scott, and as a coach, I contribute to my community getting to know some of its youngest members – the elementary, middle and high school students. Recently, I brought of group of Heal Charlotte students to our Spectrum News studio for a tour and it was an amazing experience to show them how we get the news on TV but also show them that people of color are not only on TV but we’re behind the scenes as producers, photographers and assignment desk editors.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ)’s 2017 News Excellence Award for feature reporting
Won second place at the 2017 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC)’s award ceremony for Special Report with Spectrum News’ political team for our coverage of the Final Night at the 2016 Republican National Convention
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
Some of my hobbies include listening to podcasts, (my current favorite is Criminal), discovering new coffee shops and farmers markets and watching competitive cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
In the next five years, I want to be an even better local government reporter either here in Charlotte or another major city.
In the next ten years, I want to be covering the White House for one of the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS)
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I want to visit the Four States Monument and be in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah at the same time.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I collect shot glasses and/or magnets from every place I visit. So far, I have collected glasses/magnets from several cities, 12 states and four countries.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My dad. He passed away in 2014 from a rare blood cancer called MDS, but he inspires me every day and I’m always trying to make him proud.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
NewsLady – Carole Simpson
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
The Best Man
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
Chance the Rapper