Journalist, Creator and Voice for the Voiceless
Who is Kristin Thorne?
Kristin Thorne is a multi-Emmy-award winning investigative reporter. She has dedicated her career to holding public officials accountable and giving a voice to the voiceless. She fights for workers who haven’t been paid, people whose loved ones have ended up in contentious guardianships and residents who believe they have gotten sick from contamination of their air or drinking water as a result of some corporations’ chemical disposal practices.
As the investigative reporter for the country’s number one local news station – WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York - she has exposed corruption within local government, failures of public policies and botched police and law enforcement investigations. Kristin always gives every public official or private entity an opportunity to respond to her tough questions - some take her up on that offer; many do not.
Kristin knocks on doors of potential killers and chases down people who are breaking the law– all to get answers for people to whom public authorities have not been listening. Her goal is to help people and make the world a better place through the power of her journalistic voice.
With that goal in mind, Kristin created Hulu’s first-ever, true-crime series dedicated to finding missing people. She is the creator, writer, executive producer, director and host of Missing.
Missing tells the real stories of missing people whose stories have long gone untold. She helps families piece together clues in their loved ones’ disappearances and works closely with law enforcement and private investigators to produce investigative leads. Kristin receives messages from people all over the country asking her to investigate their family member or friend’s disappearance.
Missing has received an Emmy Award, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was named Best Local T.V. Series and Investigative Reporting by the Society of Professional Journalist’s New York City chapter.
Kristin has appeared extensively on 20/20 discussing her work on the Long Island Serial Killer and the Gabby Petito case. She has also been featured extensively on Nancy Grace’s podcast, Crime Stories with Nancy Grace. Kristin was a featured speaker at CrimeCon 2023.
What has she been doing?
In terms of her local reporting, Kristin is focused on investigations that are solutions driven. Her exclusive interview with the mother of a teenager killed by the violent street gang MS-13 promoted a police investigation and the discovery of several buried bodies believed to be connected to the gang. Kristin’s investigative story about a pet organization selling morbidly ill puppies forced animal protection authorities to shut down the group the next day. Her exclusive story about a man wanted for lewd conduct directly resulted in the man’s arrest in less than 24 hours.
Kristin also solo anchors Eyewitness News’ daily evening and morning streaming newscasts. She routinely interviews sources and experts live on-air.
Kristin earned her master's degree in broadcast journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
She is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University in the journalism department of the school's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
Kristin is passionate about helping her local community and sits on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island and the Society of St Vincent de Paul. There too, she is a voice for the voiceless.
Awards & Recognition
Kristin has been honored with many awards for her stories including two Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, several awards from the Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's received five Emmy Award nominations and four Folio Awards, which honor the best in Long Island journalism. She was honored with the “Excellence in Newscasting Award” at the 2021 Long Island International Film Expo. Kristin was named "Woman of the Year" by a prestigious New York City area business network.
Kristin Thorne is a very special person, with all the things that are going on in the world, it is hard to find someone that helps and cares about other people's problems. She does. She is truly an angel.
Frank Atwell, Jr. Mother Ethel Louise Atwell's disappearance featured in Missing
Kristin and I are colleagues and I've seen her investigative power up close, but she was also one of my first personal calls when this happened to my own family. I knew that she was one of the only people who would be able to provide birds-eye view insight from every angle and explore EVERY possible route with us. She is what I consider to be an expert in a field that doesn't get nearly enough attention.
Colleague with missing loved one
During the dark times, Kristin Thorne arose with a glimmer of light to help bring back hope for the situation with my missing mom. No other journalist took as much time and effort to assist my family and me in getting final closure for my mom who has been missing almost 45 years now.