Krystle Henderson joined 12 News in Sept. 2013. You may see her several times throughout the day on 12 News as she is currently the Traffic & Weather Anchor/Reporter during the weekdays. You can get Krystle’s traffic reports in the early morning on 12 Today, then see her later on 12 News at Noon as she brings you Arizona’s forecast. It has always been her dream to be a part of the 12 News team.
Krystle’s career began in Medford, OR, where she worked at KTVL News 10 for four years as the weekend news and weather anchor and weekday reporter for southern Oregon and northern California. While at KTVL, Krystle won an Associated Press Award for Best Weathercast and another for Best Continuing Coverage. She also hosted a series called Medford’s Most Wanted.
Krystle graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. At ASU, she also minored in Business at the W.P. Carey School. Krystle was admitted into the National Honor Society of Journalists. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Krystle fell in love with weather when she was finishing up her degree at ASU. She did weathercasts for Cronkite Newswatch and wanted to learn more about the science behind it. She then hit the books again and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology.
Krystle was born in Chandler and also grew up in Gilbert. She has been dancing and performing since she was two years old. She also has a special place in her heart for all animals. While in southern Oregon, she was a well-known advocate for the animal shelters, helping at fundraisers and finding new forever homes for the rescued dogs and cats.
Krystle wanted to be a reporter to make a difference. She is excited to give a voice to people (and animals!) that otherwise would have none. She also loves to meet new people and put a smile on their face.
About Me: I'm a valley native who is so happy to be back home and part of the 12 News team I grew up watching!
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
City of Residence: Mesa
Your Heritage: Italian, Slovak, German and Irish
Current Position: Traffic & Weather Anchor/Reporter
When you joined 12 News: Joined KPNX 12 News in Sept. 2013
College Graduated from: Arizona State University (Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism) & Mississippi State University (Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology)
Interests/Hobbies: Dancing, Zumba, shopping and spending time with family, friends and my dog
Favorite Music: Pop and Christian
Favorite Song: The first song my husband and I danced to at our wedding reception: Amazed by Lonestar
Favorite Book(s): Anything about weather
Favorite Quote(s): "In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story." –Walter Cronkite
Favorite Food(s): Italian
Favorite Color(s): Pink
Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere in Arizona! There is so much to see and do here!
Pets: Lucky, a rescued Miniature Pinscher mix
Children: None yet
Hidden Talent: I'm a belly dancer
Favorite Sports Teams: Go Cards! Go Sun Devils!
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: When Walter Cronkite blew me a kiss! I got to meet him when he was visiting Arizona State University in 2007. I wished him a very happy 90th birthday and that's when he smiled and sent the kiss my way.
Why you decided to work in TV: To give a voice to those whose stories need to be heard and to make a difference.
Where else I have worked: Before joining the 12 News team, I was a news and weather anchor and multimedia journalist for CBS affiliate KTVL in Medford, OR.
First Story Reported: In high school, I did a report on a student who was kicked out of class because she wouldn't stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance due to her beliefs. The story included an interview with her and her teacher.
Your First Job: Carhop at Sonic Drive-In. Roller skates and all!
What People Would Never Guess About You: I'm an only child
What you love about living in Arizona: It's my home and the most beautiful place I've ever been!
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: Cigarette smoke, lack of communication
Your Prized Possession: My family, friends and my dog
What I'm Passionate About: Rescuing animals! If you're looking for a pet, please adopt from a shelter!
Dream Vacation: Italy
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