Board members expressed their concern and surprise over Bristol’s sudden dismissal, in the wake of the commission’s investigation into lead pipes in the water system. Bristol tells NBC5 News Rains never discussed her performance with her.
“We didn’t have a great relationship so I guess I wasn’t entirely surprised,” Bristol says, “but I also hadn’t been disciplined or warned in anyway.”
“We did not know that there were concerns there,” board member Bob Strosser says, “and I felt there was a need for some answers.”
Bristol was still under a 1-year probationary period in which an employer does not have to have cause to terminate employment. The move to suspend Rains’ ability to hire and fire is effective immediately. He is currently undergoing a performance review.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.