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A native of Florence, Kentucky who later moved to Missouri, Capel won the Miss Missouri USA title in a state pageant held in late 2005. It was her first attempt at that title, however she had placed in the top fifteen of the Miss Kentucky USA pageant the year previously. As Miss Missouri USA Capel was a representative of the Vanbros organization.
Capel represented Missouri in the Miss USA 2006 pageant broadcast live from Baltimore, Maryland in April 2006. She did not place in the pageant, which was won by the delegate from her former home state, Tara Conner, Miss Kentucky USA.
Capel graduated from Heritage Academy (a parochial school affiliated with the Assemblies of God) in Kentucky in 2001. The Heritage Academy describes itself as a school "whose sole purpose is to establish and enlarge the Kingdom of God." The school adds two ancillary purposes to its mission statement, one of which is academic excellence. Intellectual pursuits, however, are to be tempered by an awareness that "the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God." 2 She won a sports scholarship to Evangel University, a religious school affiliated with the Assemblies of God, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Public Relations with honors in 2005. She plans to continue her education with a Meteorology degree in order to become a meteorologist for a major network.
She was recently employed as a television reporter, co-anchor and weekend weather anchor on ABC affiliate KSPR Springfield 33 News. Capel also worked as a radio personality at 99 Hit FM and 1340 AM KADI during much of 2006.
On January 1, 2008, Kristi Capel accepted a job as a weather forecaster for the television station WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Capel moved to WJW (TV) in Cleveland on January 7, 2011. In January 2012, Capel was named Morning Co-Anchor of Fox 8 News in Morning, she replaced Tracy McCool who went to anchor Fox 8 News at 5PM.
- Missouri pageant winners crowned, The Kansas City Star, 5 December 2005 (accessed 1 May 2006)
- TV reporter has chance at Miss USA, News Leader, 5 December 2005 (accessed 1 May 2006)
- WBRE-TV, 2008 (accessed 31 March 2008)
- Dawidziak, Mark (March 9, 2011). "WJW Channel 8 Launches Revamped Midmorning Show, 'New Day Cleveland'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
- Kristi Capel. WJW-TV website. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
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