Kelly Kennedy

Kelly Kennedy

MMJ

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

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  Ohio Gov. DeWine to lift all COVID-19 health orders when state gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people for 2 weeks

  Residents upset after 2 Parma parks become trash can graveyards

  ‘It’s been a long time coming’: Ohio police officers included in the next vaccination group

  Lakewood bar starts to host small scale concerts, comedy shows again

  Parma family worried sick over missing 15-year-old daughter

  Liquor license removed from Cleveland gas station where violent crimes frequently happen, police say

  ‘Darren’s Law’ Bill fighting back against racially motivated 911 calls to be introduced Wednesday

  Ohio governor hints at allowing 30% capacity at Cleveland Indians games, other outdoor sporting events

  100 residents and staff receive COVID-19 vaccine at Cleveland homeless shelter

  Northfield mother with cystic fibrosis finally receives COVID-19 vaccine after 19 News report

  Lakewood home burglarized while father shovels snow outside, baby and mother asleep

  Northfield woman with cystic fibrosis frustrated after two COVID vaccination appointments canceled claiming she isn’t eligible

  Lakewood non-profit helps residents in need by shoveling their driveways

  Cuyahoga County residents frustrated after only available vaccine appointments are hours away

  Dina’s Pizza and Pub, Memphis Tavern both burglarized on same night in Cleveland (photos)

  Over 50 puppies rescued from Lorain County home, Friendship APL asks for donations to pay for medical bills

  Parma: 3 juveniles arrested after carjacking Uber driver at gunpoint

  Frantic father of 15-year-old tells 911 operator his son was kidnapped by gang members at gunpoint

  Akron car dealership owner attacked, robbed during test drive

  Third Cleveland-area female rideshare driver violently attacked by passengers in less than a month

  Ohio lawmakers drafting bill to crackdown on ‘Karens’ or biased 911 callers

  Update: Mistaken kidnapping spurred police chase and crash

  Akron Public Schools prepares to vaccinate teachers, staff next week

  Chagrin Falls clerk indicted for embezzling more than $238k

  Westlake Police captain believes string of home burglaries connected to release of prisoners due to COVID-19

  Announcement on continuing Ohio’s curfew to come on Thursday; decision depends on COVID-19 hospitalization use

  Warren man faces federal charges for role in Capitol insurrection

  Cuyahoga County launches call line to help with COVID-19 testing, vaccine appointments

  Ohio buys 2 million rapid COVID-19 at-home tests