It’s a dream come true for Christel Bell to spend most of her time in the news business. After all, she was practically raised in a newsroom. She fell in love with broadcast news as a child when she would tag along with her father, who was a custodian at FOX 26 in Houston. She got to see a lot behind the scenes. Christel really didn’t realized at the time that it was glimpse into her future purpose, but later it would be revealed, when time came to plan for her future.
And while her father may have been her inspiration, she credits her 102 year old grandmother (who is still living) with being her driving force to succeed. Christel remembers her grandparents as being some of the first African Americans in Louisiana to own a farm. Christel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Houston. After graduating from college she began her career at KTRK 13 in Houston as a production assistant. Since then, she has worn many hats in the newsroom. Producer, mentor, reporter, teleprompter operator, graphics designer, anchor, photographer, editor, and even sports anchor. All of which have earned her the honor of 4p.m. anchor at WMBF in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Christel enjoys a good story, whether telling it herself, or hearing it. She believes having the passion to tell the story, and having compassion to hear a person’s story is what makes her a strong journalist.
When tragedy struck her family, Christel found herself on the other side of the camera. Her 10 year old nephew was killed in a high speed collision. She says the media coverage and beyond allowed her to empathize with others she has reported on in the past. Community service is important to Christel. She has been recognized as a “Woman Making It Happen” by Top Ladies of Distinction, as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and many school, church and civic organizations. Christel dedicates her time to Special Olympics, South Carolina Heritage Foundation, and Each One Teach One. She is also a dedicated member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
But perhaps nothing compares to being a mother to her baby girl and wife to her husband.