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Born in the Kanawha Valley, Kristi George is one of those natives who, after spending many years away, is happy to have come home to the Mountain State. She is a graduate of Nitro High School’s Class of 1978. Kristi holds a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, with a major in Social Welfare and a minor in Christian Education. She also earned a Masters in Counseling from the former West Virginia Graduate College (now Marshall University Graduate College).
It was in college that Kristi got her start spinning vinyl records, never dreaming that a hobby would evolve into a career. Having worked initially in commercial radio, she was on the air in a variety of capacities, not only in Charleston, but also in Montgomery, AL, Charlotte, NC, and Jackson, WY. Kristi made the leap to public radio in the mid-90s, initially as a part-time announcer on Saturday mornings at West Virginia Public Radio, and helping out with operations. She went on to become full-time as the local host during All Things Considered in addition to working in membership.
In early 2002, Kristi relocated to the Twin Cities of MinneSNOWta, having been hired as a Client Relations Manager by Public Radio International. After 5 ½ years, she made her way back east. Moving from another state agency, Kristi is delighted to have returned to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, this time as the Director of Radio. With a top notch team in place, she envisions great things in the future, not only for the organization, but for the people of West Virginia as well.
Her interests include travel, photography, music, and camping. Family and friends play a large part in Kristi’s life, as do the roles of aunt to her niece and nephews, and “mom” to two gray tabbies. Perhaps a little known fact is that she’s not shy about being a passionate fan of one particular singer from Utah who shall remain nameless.