Meet Kristen Balboni, new Panthers team reporter

Kristen Balboni

In her own words

Sports broadcasting is an absolute dream job, but it also usually means you move a lot to chase those dreams.

Since graduating from UNC, I've lived in Connecticut (while working for ESPN), Los Angeles (as a host for FOX Sports) and Chicago (as a host and reporter for Stadium). But no matter where I was living and what I was doing, I've always been able to take one little piece of home with me – Panthers Sundays (or Mondays or Thursdays).

Whether I'm watching from home and live-tweeting the entire time (#KeepPounding) or meeting up at a bar with a bunch of other displaced Panthers fans, this team has kept me feeling connected to my home state of North Carolina. I even got to cover Super Bowl 50 for FOX Sports, which I'll never forget.

As a college football sideline reporter for the last three seasons, I always tried to make sure my flight back home on Sunday was early enough so that I could be on the couch in time for kickoff.

So needless to say, getting the opportunity to now be a part of the team I love is pretty incredible. I promise to make the most of it and bring you the access and coverage I'd want to see as a fan of the team. I can't wait to get started.

Get to know Kristen

Hometown: Southern Pines/Pinehurst, NC (sadly, I'm a terrible golfer despite growing up near some of the best golf courses in the country).

Favorite Panthers memory: The domination over the Cardinals in the 2015 NFC Championship.

First Panthers memory: All the excitement and anticipation of the Carolinas getting an NFL team.

What I'm watching on TV: I just finished Tiger King (like everyone else), but I'm looking for new shows – open to suggestions!

Any pets? I have a 6-pound Chihuahua rescue named Lucille. She's a former stray who has one floppy ear and one straight ear – if you're around me for more than 5 minutes, I'll probably try to show you a picture.

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