Photography: Eliza Lamb

Meet Kaitlin.

Kaitlin Monte is an Emmy-nominated television personality and news journalist currently reporting for FOX26-KRIV in Houston.

Prior to Houston, Kaitlin spent several years as Traffic Anchor and fill-in Anchor for the PIX11 Morning News in New York City. She hosted a weekly cocktail segment on the PIX11 entertainment show Celebrity Tastemakers.

Career

Kaitlin dropped out of high school at age sixteen to begin her freshman year at Clarkson University. She would later join their Board of Trustees in 2015. 

Earning her Bachelor Degree from the University of Tampa shortly after turning nineteen, Kaitlin's academics focused heavily in media and consumer psychology. Kaitlin worked throughout college as a singer and animal trainer at Busch Gardens Tampa.

In 2009, Kaitlin moved to New York City where she spent several years working in theater - appearing off-Broadway, touring the country with the USO Show Troupe, and becoming a member of Actors Equity Association in 2010. She trained heavily in improv comedy at Upright Citizen Brigade. 

Kaitlin worked for several digital agencies in New York with a specialty in brand story and social media marketing. In 2013, she helped launch an agency as Director of Multi-Platform Marketing; her clients ranged from international sporting goods to global fashion and media corporations.

By 2010, Kaitlin made her broadcast debut hosting New Years Eve in Times Square with the Times Square Alliance.  She turned full time to Broadcast in 2012, hosting NBC New York's "Weekend Today in New York" interactive trivia and SNYtv's "Mets Insider." She has since been seen on various television and online networks.

Advocacy

Growing up alongside three siblings with special needs, Kaitlin become an early advocate for disability awareness.

In 2011 Kaitlin was named the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate 2012 Difference Maker of the Year for her anti-bullying workshop series, which reached over 50,000 students across New York State. She collaborated with lawmakers to push cyber bullying legislation for New York State, took part in launching the first state cyberbully census, founded the New York Cyberbully Petition, and has delivered workshops for Wall Street firms and top universities. Her work featured by Random House, New York University, Pricewaterhouse Cooper and the Alliance for Community Media.

Kaitlin has become an official spokesperson for the Anti-Defamation League's "No Place for Hate" campaign and worked with numerous leading programs including WiredSafety.org, STOPCyberbullying.org, The Bully Project, Teenangels, The Ophelia Project, All About Bullies Big and Small, Karen Klein Foundation, End to Cyberbullying Organization, Girl Scouts of America and more.

Miss America

In 2012, Kaitlin represented her home state of New York at thenational Miss America competition where she placed Second Runner-Up. She took home state and national fitness scholarships. Kaitlin was one of eight national finalist for the Miss America Quality of Life Scholarship for her prolific advocacy against bullying. The over $45,000 in scholarships she earned from the Miss America Organization allowed her to pay off her undergraduate degree.

Kaitlin currently lives in Houston, TX with her husband and pug.