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Christine McLarty

Christine is covering all news in Pinellas County. You can watch her weeknights at 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 7, 8 and 11.

She works, lives and plays in Pinellas County. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and is thrilled to be near family again and covering stories that matter to the community she loves. A third-generation Floridan, she graduated from Lakewood High School’s C.A.T. Program and then later from the University of Florida as a member of the Florida Blue Key Honors Society (Go Gators!) Her natural curiosity about life and compassion for people paired with an adventurous spirit and her journalistic background makes for a passionate reporter who wants to tell your story.

Christine is a seasoned reporter, telling stories for more than a decade in Gainesville, Sarasota and most recently in Harrisburg, PA for the past four years. She’s been nominated for four Emmy Awards and won her first Emmy in 2019 for being the best news reporter who also filmed and edited her own stories. She has also received awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and Radio Television Digital News Association.

Outside the office, Christine enjoys tennis, swimming and traveling with family. Professionally-trained vocally, Christine loves to sing and even tried out for American Idol years ago. She’s had a passion for Broadcast Journalism since she was 7 years old and loves advocating for others. She’s had the opportunity to explore many countries thanks to her mom’s standby benefits working for the airline business. She believes the world is a living textbook loaded with lessons, history, culture, new languages, experiences…along with a ton of great food and wine! If there are any restaurants, wineries or breweries in town you think she should try, feel free to drop her a line! She feels fortunate to make memories with you and your families and appreciates you inviting her into your homes each day.

Being a voice for the voiceless and telling the important stories that impact her community is one of her highest priorities. In 2008, Christine won the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, an award given to one who exemplifies kindness, caring and compassion to others. To come full-circle, the award was presented to her by long-time WFLA Anchor Gayle Sierens! Christine’s philanthropy involvement has granted her the opportunity to MC for dozens of charity events that help thousands of people. If you would like her to MC or appear at any community events in Pinellas County on behalf of “8 On Your Side,” please reach out to her via e-mail at cmclarty@wfla.com or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. When you see her out and about in Pinellas County, say hi and give her a warm welcome home!

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