Kirstin Garriss is an award- winning journalist. She joined the CMG Washington, D.C Bureau in August 2021. Previously, Kirstin was an investigative reporter at FOX13 Memphis (WHBQ). During her time in Memphis, Kirstin walked miles with protesters following the death of George Floyd, and covered the police reform changes that followed. She won a 2021 Regional Murrow Award for her two-part series, "Black in America: Generational Pain and Healing" highlighting the experiences of four generations of Memphis men about racial inequity.
Before coming to Memphis, Kirstin was the Government Reporter for Spectrum News in Charlotte, NC, a statewide hyperlocal cable station. During her time in Charlotte, she covered the 2016 Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention and Charlotte's bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Kirstin also worked in Hagerstown, MD at WDVM (formerly WHAG-TV), where she covered the Maryland General Assembly and at NPR and NBC News in Washington, D.C. Kirstin is also a 2021 Gracies Award winner, a nationwide honor from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation recognizing women in the media industry. She’s also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).
Kirstin grew up in Raleigh, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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