Spokane’s ABC affiliate KXLY has hired veteran TV news anchor Kirstin O’Connor.
O’Connor will host 4 News Now at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Aaron Luna and Kris Crocker, according to a press release.
“KXLY has such a talented newsroom of journalists with decades of experience in the region,” O’Connor said in a statement. “Their commitment to excellence and the camaraderie they share on every news show is what drew me to this team.”
Prior to joining KXLY, O’Connor spent the last few years as a morning news anchor at WKMG in Orlando, Florida.
O’Connor primarily grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego.
However, moving to the Inland Northwest is a homecoming for O’Connor, her husband Connor Giampietri and their 18-month-old daughter, Gwyneth.
“The North West is a place where our family has deep roots,” O’Connor said. “This is where we want to see our daughter grow up. It is an honor to receive this phone call from across the country and to be welcomed home.
Giampietri grew up in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School and Washington State University. O’Connor’s on-air career began in Medford, Oregon, providing familiarity with issues that matter to residents of the Pacific Northwest.
“My reporting time in Medford, Oregon was mostly spent covering wildfires. Then in Orlando, Florida, every summer was hurricane season,” O’Connor said. “My husband’s father, John Giampietri, is a retired firefighter who spent 33 years with Spokane Valley Fire.”
O’Connor joins a team that recently won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellenceaccording to their release. . The station was thrilled to have her on the team, 4 News Now news director Melissa Luck said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to have an anchor with a strong local connection and a support system in place for her and her family,” Luck said.
O’Connor will make his on-air debut with 4 News Now on August 22.