Kelly Kennedy

Kelly Kennedy

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Cleveland, Ohio

Kelly Kennedy is excited to call Cleveland home. She joined the 19 News team in November of 2019 after working as a reporter at the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kelly was born and raised in New York City, but her career in journalism has taken her across the country.

Kelly left New York right after college and kicked off her career at the NBC affiliate in Hastings, Nebraska. She covered everything from tornadoes to the doctor shortage in rural areas, to a mysterious virus killing piglets, and the legislature in Lincoln.

Kelly’s next stop was Panama City Beach, Florida, where several of her stories received national attention.

She covered the city’s spring break problem extensively, which included a shooting that injured seven people, including college students, and a gang rape that happened on the beach in the middle of the day. She continued her coverage of spring break by reporting on the new laws the city passed to crack down on spring break. She also covered several presidential rallies in the 2016 election.

Kelly’s real passion is investigative reporting. Her piece on the North West Florida Visual Arts Center won her an investigative AP award. Kelly discovered the arts center had lost its non-profit status and brought to light the corruption going on behind the scenes. This led to a criminal investigation of the facility and its eventual shutdown.

Kelly continued to be known for her commitment to watchdog journalism in Raleigh. She broke a story about a local non-profit selling untrained and aggressive service dogs to families with special needs children. Her consistent coverage of the story led families across the country to file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office.

The North Carolina Attorney General and Wake County Sheriff’s Office are now investigating the company and its owner for criminal activity. Kelly’s coverage also encouraged former employees of the non-profit to come forward, claiming the owner abused the dogs and hired unqualified people to train the dogs as service animals. Local and national news outlets have covered the story.

When she’s not working, Kelly enjoys step aerobics, kickboxing, cheering on the New York Yankees, hanging with her Siamese cat, and traveling whenever she can.

She’s looking forward to exploring Cleveland and getting to know the community.

If you have a story idea, shoot Kelly an email at kkennedy@woio.com or follow her on social media @kellyekennedytv.


Recent Articles by Kelly

  Cleveland Bagel Company owners say they’ve been harassed since sharing a post about a police reform rally on the Fourth of July

  Apple, Google, and OSU developing technology to trace COVID-19 cases on your smartphone

  Outdoor visitations at Ohio nursing homes can resume July 20

  Some people in Ohio still denied COVID-19 tests, why?

  People continue to enjoy dining and drinks in Cleveland as COVID-19 cases tick upward

  ‘Do you think I’ll be able to do a backflip again?’ Norton High School cheerleader who nearly died is making a miraculous recovery

  Essential workers who came down with COVID-19 struggling to make ends meet after their workers compensation claims were denied

  Middleburg Heights and Parma Heights police searching for suspect in multiple home and car burglaries

  Strongsville City Council delays vote to bring in part-time firefighters following community backlash

  COVID-19 testing finally available to everyone in Ohio

  Beachwood High School students work with police chief to organize rally for social justice

  Akron auto shop owner facing criminal charges after brandishing gun at black man at bus stop

  Hundreds of people gather in Brecksville for Black Lives Matter protest

  Former Solon High School band director accused of inappropriate contact with students

  Thousands protest outside Cleveland’s 2nd District Headquarters

  Bay Village protesters lay face down for 9 minutes in tribute to George Floyd

  ’If it was one of us, we would’ve been dead or in a jail cell already’: Cleveland family speaks ahead of protest for 22-year-old man shot and killed by off-duty officer

  Hundreds of protesters gather in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood to stage peaceful rally in support of racial justice

  Euclid special needs mom says day care can no longer take care of her son because of Covid-19 regulations

  Hundreds of people gather in front of Elyria City Hall to listen to people of color share their experiences with racism

  19 News shows what it’s like getting through checkpoints

  ‘We feel your pain’ Cleveland Police Chief prepares for protest over George Floyd’s death Saturday

  Cedar Point making tweaks to its mobile app to keep visitors safe in hopes of re-opening soon

  Ohio Representatives introduce bipartisan bill to get kids back to school safely in the fall

  World champion reacts to the All-American Soap Box Derby cancellation

  Mentor venue is confident they can hold weddings and other large events safely in June

  Mentor gym owners who joined lawsuit against Dr. Amy Acton will not reopen early

  Barberton closing downtown streets to help local businesses expand outdoor seating

  Cleveland restaurants owners speak out after they were cited for not following the governor’s guidelines

  Employees furious after Brooklyn Sam’s Club floods again