An Ark City native, Kristen grew up watching Roger Cornish and Cindy Klose on channel 12.
Kristen is currently a reporter and producer for KWCH. An Ark City native, Kristen grew up watching Roger Cornish and Cindy Klose on channel 12.
She spent time competing within the Miss America Organization as a teenager. In 2013, she was crowned Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen. A few hours later, she met Michael Schwanke backstage at the Miss Kansas Pageant.
Kristen attended Butler Community College and was a member of the Butler Headliners Show Choir. She transferred to Wichita State University, and quickly decided she wanted to pursue broadcast journalism. She reached out to Michael, asked if KWCH was offered internships that semester, and hasn't looked back since.
Kristen started in the KWCH newsroom as an intern in January of 2017. After spending the summer in Puebla, Mexico to strengthen her Spanish-speaking abilities, she returned home and earned a position as an associate producer. During her senior year of college, she produced the 9 p.m. newscast while also a member of the Wichita State Dance Team.
She is thrilled to stay in her home market, and works hard because she knows her parents are watching every night.
Outside of work, Kristen likes to read non-fiction books and watch documentaries, visit her siblings in Ark City and her parents in Salina, and she's always cheering on the Shockers.