There’s one matter Ms. Krost generally refuses to talk about: politics. Why cut off a segment of your audience? is her reasoning. But she is particularly proud of her reporting on Occupy Wall Street. Heading to Zuccotti Park to produce a video segment, she called her father. “I told my dad if I get arrested, it’s for a great cause. But they support me in whatever I do, so, you know, whatever.”
As for her experience of Occupy, Ms. Krost notes that “Occupy Wall Street was invigorating, it was uplifting, it showed spirit toward people coming together and trying to voice a change. But: I did not see an overall message. I think it was more of them trying to make a statement than trying to get a concrete resolution.” Her piece for the Huffington Post, “I’m Proud to be Part of Occupy Wall Street,” ends with a message of hope. “My best wishes go out to those standing up for their rights and also fighting for better things to come within the millennial generation!”
We also asked Ms. Krost about the so-called War on Women, a wedge issue in the 2012 campaign. She declared that she is not a feminist, because she doesn’t think boys suck. (She’s known her current boyfriend since the eighth grade.) However, she has been inspired by the struggles of women in Saudi Arabia; she believes in Girl Power; and she suspects the state of the nation might have been better had Hillary Clinton been elected.
“Women can multitask better,” she explained. “I think multitasking equals success. You have to be able to balance multiple things in order to achieve your goals. You can’t focus on one thing forever. You can’t. So, learning how to multitask is probably the biggest life lesson.”
Ms. Krost’s family has provided the support she needs to sustain herself through a punishing schedule. “My mom has been my best friend my entire life. My dad is my rock. My brother is also my best friend. My grandparents—I tell them everything.” They even supported her in her first experience of journalism, making a documentary about the effects of Hurricane Frances while stuck with no power at her childhood home in Delray Beach, Fla. (Prior to her amateur meteorological journalism, she’d previously wanted to be a veterinarian, but despite her love of animals, she says, “math and science are not my thing.”)
Ms. Krost now sees no one in her path. “I am waiting to hear somebody else like me, to rival me in a way, to say ‘It’s being done, Chelsea,’ and there’s no one else like me,” she said. “If there were someone else doing what I’m doing, they’d probably be in New York, California, or Miami, and I run all of those markets.” Given her success in San Diego, Ms. Krost refers to herself as “bi-coastal.”
She reported, perhaps predictably, that she’s after a large platform all her own, to be the next Oprah Winfrey, “but with a twist. As amazing as Oprah is, she was always untouchable, she’s like a god, and I want to be very touchable—and not in, like, a pedophile way.”
And how does she plan to do that? “I think I’m going to grow with the millennial age group and mindset,” she mused. “As we get older, we get wiser. But I would love to branch out into a full-time correspondent role in lifestyle and entertainment.”