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Former Petersburg resident takes on reality TV


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Clare Painter, formerly of Petersburg, now resides in eastern Washington providing restorative hoof care for horses. Painter will be a cast member on a reality TV show called "American Grit" when it premieres on April 14, 2016.

Clare Painter has always liked a little adventure in her life, and she recently undertook a challenge she never saw coming–reality TV. She will appear on Fox Network's new reality show "American Grit" on Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. local time.

Painter moved to Petersburg in 1986, and spent two summers working salmon and black cod at Cold Storage, then spent the next 20 years working on fishing boats.

"Fishing was always challenging, it was always changing," Painter says.

One of the biggest perks, besides eating fresh fish, was being able to work outside. She felt somewhat trapped whil...

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