Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, president of Harford Community College, presented the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award to Kristy Breslin-Klevinsky at the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 23. Recipients of this award must attain outstanding success in their chosen profession, demonstrate a commitment to the community, and maintain an interest in and service to Harford Community College.

“I am truly honored to receive this award. Harford Community College gave me the confidence, the knowledge and the determination to be a success, and I will always be grateful for that,” said Breslin-Klevinsky.

An accomplished media professional, Kristy has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience and is the current traffic anchor for WJZ TV. She also serves as president of the Harford Cable Network Foundation, which allows her to bring her expertise to local television and further the network’s mission of offering informative and quality programming to the residents of Harford County.

Kristy believes strongly in the value of mentorship and generously offers her time and talent to Harford Community College students interested in broadcasting. She has been a guest lecturer and performance critic for our mass communications courses and took on a young woman as an intern to assist her in earning course credit needed to finish her degree.

“From the start, Kristi Breslin stood out. She listened well and took advantage of every opportunity to get where she is,” said Wayne Hepler, professor of arts and humanities at Harford. “As she climbed, she didn’t stand still, eyeing the next opportunity as she went. Best of all, she got wise, not jaded. Without exaggeration, she is still one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and I applaud her ongoing connection to the College.”

Her rise in the industry has allowed her to form meaningful relationships within her community. She offers her time and talent to a variety of local organizations including the Harford County Public Library, the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, March of Dimes, Maryland Center for the Arts, and Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding.