Meet the KENS 5 Team: Cristina Blackwell

Although she's lived as far north as Canada and south as Mexico, Cristina was born right here in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1999, her family moved to a small town in Mexico called Cuernavaca. Following her high school graduation, Cristina’s love for cooking took her to Paris for two years to pursue her culinary arts degree at Le Cordon Bleu in hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef.

She then moved back to Texas to study speech communications at UTSA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. In her junior year, she interned for “Great Day SA” for one semester under then-host Bridget Smith. As a senior, she interned for the bilingual newspaper “La Prensa de San Antonio,” where she was offered a job as a reporter writing articles in both English and Spanish, including a weekly lifestyle column called “Cris n’ Tell.”

She didn’t stop there. In 2011, she got her big break and started working in front of the camera for Univision 41 as a morning show host. Although she worked there for just over a year, she was proud to be awarded a Lone Star Emmy. Cristina then jumped to the national stage as co-host and weather reporter for the Spanish-speaking morning show “Despierta America.”

Love took her on her next adventure when she married professional hockey player Pete MacArthur and took a step away from media to embrace her new life as a “hockey wife.” This chapter took her overseas for four seasons through Germany and Austria. During the off-season, she was at home in upstate New York, where they visited family and friends. In 2015, they welcomed their son, William Robert, or as he likes to be called, “BB.”

In January 2017, opportunity knocked once again, but this time it was her dream job as she was called back home to become the host of “Great Day SA,” where it all started.

Although motherhood and hosting a lifestyle show can be more than a full-time job, Cristina still finds time to journal, which she hasn’t stopped since the 3rd grade, cook old family recipes like “sopa de fideo” (one of her grandmother’s favorites), and of course, root for her husband as he pursues his hockey career.

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