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

  Parma and Lakewood residents spreading good cheer in tough times

  Cleveland man 3D printing masks and donating them to local hospital

  Lakewood man working to recruit thousands of registered nurses to help fight the coronavirus in NYC

  Northeast Ohio companies create the ‘Klean Room’ to make takeout safer

  Cleveland colleges prepping dorms for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus

  Three generations of Barberton women sewing masks to donate to the community

  Lakewood distillery rushes to pump out hand sanitizer to help with shortage

  What you should do if you think you’re infected with COVID-19

  American Red Cross facing an unprecedented blood shortage due to coronavirus concerns

  Petition urging Gov. DeWine to freeze rent, mortgage and bill payments during the pandemic has nearly 80,000 signatures

  Warren man goes live on Facebook from hospital bed to warn others about the coronavirus

  Cleveland Clinic, UH opening drive-thru coronavirus testing this weekend

  Cleveland management company working to stop the spread of the coronavirus

  Mike DeWine places new regulations on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to protect seniors from coronavirus

  Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden cancel Cleveland rallies amid coronavirus concerns

  MYTHS VS. FACTS - UH Doctor talks public health risk following news of coronavirus cases in Ohio

  Newly obtained body camera footage shows response to Cleveland mayor’s home during homicide investigation

  Driver shot in the back crashes into garage and dies in Canton, triggering police investigation

  Akron Police investigating after 50-year-old woman stabbed to death

  ‘I wasn’t giving up without a fight!’: 92-year-old Cleveland man goes toe to toe with armed carjackers

  22-year-old suspect arrested after 5-year-old child struck by car in Cleveland

  Elyria motorcycle shop owner furious after crooks ram car into her building to break in, causing thousands of dollars in damage

  Pastor working to increase security after shots fired during basketball game at Ohio City church

  Orrville teen’s family pleading for answers about her death

  Cleveland Police need your help identifying man who drunkenly rammed into patrol cars, injuring officers

  Shaker Heights man posing as Uber driver arrested for rape

  Barberton dog poop mess continues to plague downtown salon

  Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

  Update: 2nd inmate caught after 5 prisoners escape from the Stark County Regional Community Correction Center

  Lyft driver tried to prevent woman from exiting car, sprayed something making her ‘dizzy and light-headed’, according to Cleveland police report