WBZ Radio Traffic Reporter Announces Gender Change

Meet Kristen Eck.

Photo courtesy CBS Boston.

Photo courtesy CBS Boston

A longtime member of the WBZ radio team will go by a new name.

Traffic reporter Scott Eck will now be known as Kristen Eck, as she continues her gender change. The 19-year veteran of the station has been transitioning over the last year with help from Fenway Health, CBS Boston reports.

“This has been a journey of sorts that I’ve been on for the last 40 years of my life,” she told WBZ’s Laurie Kirby. “It was when I was about 5 years old that something clicked in my head and I realized that I was different from most of the other kids around me. There was something from deep within me that said, ‘this isn’t my body,’ or this isn’t the body that I’m supposed to have. I felt very genuinely and very deeply that I was supposed to be a girl.”

Eck first came out in 1995 to his girlfriend, with whom he lived on Cape Cod. “I said to her, ‘This is who I am. I am a female who’s been trapped inside of this body all this time, and I don’t want to keep it hidden any longer,'” Eck said. Now, she says she’s the happiest she’s ever been.

Eck hopes to have gender reassignment surgery in a year, and assured listeners that they’ll still hear the “same voice that you hear every day in the helicopter.”