Kristyn Hartman comes to WBNS-10TV from WBBM, in Chicago, where she worked for nearly eight years as a reporter and news anchor.
She previously worked at stations in Charlotte, Phoenix, Peoria, Ill., and Joplin, Mo.
Kristyn is a Midwest girl to the core. She was born and raised in the Midwest, and attended Northwestern University, where she graduated from the School of Communication. She majored in Radio/Television/Film.
Over her 19 years in the business, Hartman has produced shows, shot video, edited, reported and anchored. She says her favorite stories are the ones that genuinely turn a light on and tell people something they didn't know about the immediate world around them.
In Chicago, Kristyn did a piece about a high school that had 117 pregnant or parenting teenage girls. It caused concern nationally, but more importantly, locally. The story alerted community stakeholders to a very real issue. They came together to address it. Kristyn says, to her, that's what news is all about.
Hartman says she's thankful the business has given her the opportunity to work with some wonderful groups. She helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity. In 2006, Kristyn ran the Chicago Marathon with Team In Training. She's dedicated time to cancer research and support and hopes to bring a chapter of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation to Columbus.
She also hopes to continue reaching out to children through reading.
"Everywhere I've worked, I've made visiting classrooms a priority," Hartman said.
She's also committed to being a guest speaker whenever she can for collegiate journalism programs.
In her spare time, Hartman says she loves being a student of the world. She has traveled to Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, Hungary, France, Peru and all over the U.S. She studied German and still reads German newspapers when she finds the time.
At home, Hartman says baking is one of her favorite hobbies. Her husband, Chris, doesn't mind that at all. They can't wait to explore Columbus together, with their dog, Roxy.