A mother & daughter’s journey through kidney disease and donation

Kristi Nelson

NBC 5 News at 11 a.m. and NBC 5 First at Four Anchor

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    Kristi Nelson is a multiple award-winning journalist, and the anchor of NBC 5 First at Four and NBC 5 Spotlight. She can also been seen throughout the week reporting for various NBC 5 newscasts. 

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    Kristi is a native of Dallas, who attended the city's Talented and Gifted Magnet high school – recognized as one of the best public high schools in the country. She is also a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton.

    Before joining the NBC 5 news team in 2001, Kristi worked at the NBC station in Hartford, CT. But she actually started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter, first working for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and later, the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    She also worked as a writer for the National Basketball Association. That post led to another accomplishment – that of being a published author. Kristi finished "The Chamique Holdsclaw Story" while working on a Master’s degree at Columbia University, and it was published in 2000 by Scholastic Press. The autobiography chronicled the former WNBA star’s first professional basketball season.

    Last year, Kristi experienced a major life milestone when she donated a kidney to her mother, who’d suffered kidney failure as a result of diabetes. Kristi chronicled her experience in a multiple-part series called “"Kristi's Gift," which aired on NBC 5 the week of the surgery.

    Kristi volunteers as often as she can, and in 2012 was the Honorary Chair of the Dallas Kidney Walk. She's also spent time cycling for the Multiple Sclerosis Society's MS 150 fundraiser and served on the DIFFA/Dallas Style Council.

    Kristi has won a Lone Star Emmy and an award from the national Alliance for Women in Media (nicknamed "Gracie"). She has several awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and in 2012 was honored with the Eagle Award from the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.