Cristin Severance is CBS 11’s Consumer Justice Investigator. She is a seven-time Emmy Award winner who is passionate about creating change in the community, righting wrongs and protecting consumers. Her reports alert CBS 11 viewers to scams, recalls and rip-offs.
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Cristin joins CBS 11 after several years as the “Troubleshooter” at KGTV in San Diego, where she built a reputation for getting results through her consumer investigations. Two of the most notable stories she reported there garnered Cristin her sixth and seventh regional Emmy Awards.
Cristin held government officials accountable when firefighters didn’t have the right equipment to access fire hydrants in one Southern California community during a massive wildfire. Cristin uncovered this was a known issue — ignored by officials for 30 years. Her investigation led to all of the hydrants being replaced. Cristin also caught one of the largest malls in Southern California lying to consumers about their recycling practices. Her investigation led to changes which ensured that nine tons of waste per week were properly recycled.
Prior to joining KGTV, Cristin was a reporter for the Ohio News Network at WEWS in Cleveland. While there, she made several investigations into the illegal activities at Ohio massage parlors. The parlors were raided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and shut down. She was also honored with an Emmy Award for her investigation into the wrongful conviction of Head Start bus driver Nancy Smith, who spent 15 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit.
Cristin was also previously a reporter at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida; an anchor/reporter at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio and an anchor/reporter at WDTV in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Cristin graduated cum laude from West Virginia University and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She enjoys running, traveling and exploring North Texas with her husband, CBS 11 News anchor/reporter Dan Haggerty.