Kristi is excited to be at Fox 8! She co-anchors with Wayne Dawson and Stefani Schaefer on ‘Fox 8 News In the Morning.’

Kristi grew up in Northern Kentucky, graduating from Heritage Academy; but, she does have some roots here in Cleveland. Her father grew up in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School. Kristi’s grandparents owned a store in Bedford called, ‘Capel’s Country Corner,’ which some of you may remember.

While in college, she had a great opportunity to intern in Cincinnati, Ohio, at WCPO. In her senior year, she landed a second internship at KSPR News in Springfield, Missouri, where she began her first job as a reporter. After a few short months of covering fires, accidents, and local events, they were in need of a weekend weather anchor, so she jumped in the driver’s seat and began her weather career. From there, she continued in Northeast and Central PA as the morning and midday Meteorologist.

In 2001, Kristi moved to Missouri on a volleyball scholarship to attend Evangel University, earning a degree in Broadcasting & Communications along with Public Relations. After graduating from college, she won the title of ‘Miss Missouri USA 2006,’ and had a wonderful opportunity to represent Missouri at the ‘2006 Miss USA Pageant.’

Spring of 2007 was filled with months of training for Cincinnati’s ‘Flying Pig Marathon.’ A distance of 26.2 miles was quite an accomplishment, and maybe with a little free time down the road she’ll put her running shoes back on. Kristi was awarded “The Times Leader’s 40 Under Forty,” for successful individuals who have excelled in their professions and communities in Northeast & Central PA.

Kristi loves getting involved in the community whenever she gets the chance. She’s been a part of ‘Go Red For Women,’ ‘Children’s Miracle Network,’ and the ‘American Diabetes Association.’

Being a part of the community in Northeast Ohio is such an honor, and she is looking forward to experiencing all that Cleveland has to offer. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending her free time with family, soaking up the sun in the summer, reading, studying weather, working out, running 5k’s, snow skiing and watching football with her husband.


Recent Articles
  • A survivor of sex trafficking during the RNC shares her story

    CLEVELAND – She is a young mother, forced into sex trafficking and rescued during the biggest event in Cleveland over the summer of 2016 – the Republican National Convention. The survivor was brought downtown to be sold during the RNC, but she was eventually given a second chance by a local organization called Rahab Ministries. Fox8’s Kristi Capel continues her series on exposing sex trafficking. She sat down with the survivor, whose identity we’re protecting.

  • Ohio woman who escaped her life as sex trafficking victim now helps others

    CLEVELAND – From the outside, they appeared to be a normal family living in a nice suburban town. But on the inside, what was happening was horrifying, as a high school girl was target for sex trafficking by her own brother. Kristi Capel introduces us to one courageous Ohio woman, who ended up in a life of prostitution, and eventually escaped its bonds.  

  • Local organization reaching out to Ohio victims of sex trafficking

    AKRON, Ohio – The state of Ohio ranks fourth in the nation in its number of human trafficking cases. But one organization in Summit County is on a mission to help the young women who are caught in that life. It’s called Rahab Ministries. Rahab stands for “reaching- above-hopelessness- and brokenness.” It’s a faith-based ministry devoted to rescuing victims trafficked into sexual slavery in northeast Ohio. Fox 8’s Kristi Capel introduces us to Rahab.

  • Marking a special moment as St. Jude Dream Home construction nears completion

    AVON, Ohio — The St. Jude Dream Home continues to take shape, and as the house nears completion, those involved in the construction shared a special moment on Tuesday. **Watch the video above for more** Here is a list of all prizes: The 2017 Cleveland St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway House valued at approximately $450,000 built by Cleveland Custom Homes in the beautiful Red Tail Golf Community in Avon, Ohio Winner’s choice of a 2017 Buick Encore or a 2017 […]

  • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway: Your chance to also win an amazing spa from Litehouse

    CLEVELAND- In less than a week, you will be given the chance to buy a ticket for the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 a.m., tickets for the dream home giveaway will go on sale for a hundred dollars each, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But we’re also giving away much more than just the beautiful home. There are other great prizes, including a spa from Litehouse Pools and Spas. FOX 8’s […]

  • Turning a dream into reality: 2017 St. Jude Dream Home groundbreaking

    AVON, Ohio — Today was a big day for the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home. The many sponsors and donors that make the dream a reality gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony. **Watch the video above for more** And, don’t forget: It’s almost time for the Dream Home Giveaway. On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 a.m., tickets for the dream home giveaway will go on sale. The home, valued at more than $500,000, is built by Cleveland Custom Homes and located […]

  • Bedford High School is a cool school!

    BEDFORD – School Pride is showing at Bedford High where students are proud to be a Bearcat. Bedford High is also proud of its continuing academic success. Over the past five years, the school’s performance index has increased to 94%. This is one way the state measures a school’s academic improvement. “We offer a variety of classes, but the classes that mostly set you up you know for college level are the Honors and AP classes. And, we offer a variety […]

  • Green Middle School is a cool school!

    GREEN, Ohio – The seventh and eighth graders at Green Middle School in Summit County pride themselves on being ‘Bulldog Strong.’ They are strong in academics and strong in character. Green Middle has repeatedly been recognized as an excellent school. “Every student we have here in this building is important and that’s the way our staff looks at it, that’s the way the community looks at it. And, we want to make sure that they are provided with the best education […]

  • Lorain High School is a cool school!

    LORAIN – These are the last days at Lorain High, as students will go to a brand new building in the fall. It will be a new school with the same mission: to inspire students to prepare for college or a career. Lorain High offers a variety of educational opportunities –like early college and college credit plus classes. Students can also earn an associate’s degree along with a high school diploma — through a program called Titan College. “We have […]

  • Jefferson Area High School is a cool school!

    JEFFERSON – Falcon pride is showing at Jefferson Area High School after being named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School. Academics take priority here. In their sophomore year, students chose a vocational or a college prep path. There are college credit classes — as well as advance placement courses in math and sciences. “It gives the student who really wants to excel an opportunity that most students wouldn’t have. AP classes, they simulate a college course. So, we’re given college […]

  • Highland Drive Elementary School is a Cool School!

    BRECKSVILLE – Students at Highland Drive Elementary School in Brecksville start each day with a pledge. “Today will be a great day at Highland Drive School. I will be respectful. I will be responsible. I will be ready to learn and I will be the difference.” *Click here to nominate your school! Highland Drive has embarked on a ‘one school, one book’ program. All students, kindergarten through the third grade are reading the same book, The Chocolate Touch. This encourages […]

  • Online Predator Dangers Part 3: Secret apps and how they’re dangerous for your child

    This week on FOX 8 News in the Morning, we are looking at online predator dangers — from smart phones and tablets to apps and much more. On Wednesday, we learned about the dangers of different apps. Which ones are the worst? And how are your children hiding them? Our Kristi Capel took an in-depth look at the issue and spoke with expert Jesse Weinberger. YouNow, a social network for live streaming and video chatting, has issued the following statement on their website […]