Kirstin O’Connor Joins KXLY in Spokane as Evening Anchor

By Kevin Eck 

Kirstin O’Connor has joined Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY as an anchor.

O’Connor will anchor at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. with Aaron Luna and Kris Crocker.

“KXLY has such a talented newsroom of journalists with decades of experience in the region,” said O’Connor. “Their commitment to excellence—and the camaraderie they share in every newscast—is what drew me to this team.”


She comes from WKMG in Orlando, where she worked as a morning news anchor until July.

“The Northwest is a place where our family has deep roots,” O’Connor said. “This is where we want to watch our daughter grow up. It’s an honor to get that phone call from across the country and be welcomed back home.”

O’Connor started her career at KDRV in Medford, Ore.

“My time reporting 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 fireman who spent 33 years with Spokane Valley Fire.”

“We’re thrilled to have an anchor with a strong local connection—and a support system in place for her and her family,” said news director Melissa Luck.