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

  Cleveland Heights Police warn about phone scam targeting senior citizens

  Cleveland Clinic doctor offers advice for expectant mothers during the pandemic

  19 News investigates the transparency of COVID case reporting at 8 Ohio universities

  Independence Middle School football team quarantined after player tests positive for COVID, entire 8th grade to switch to virtual learning

  Cleveland Browns fan says he was ripped off trying to buy home opener tickets on Craigslist

  UPDATE: 10-year-old boy rushed to the hospital after being shot during apparent drive-by shooting on Cleveland’s East Side

  Cleveland woman shot and killed; residents say she was murdered by elderly neighbor over dog dispute

  Tuscarawas mother warns people about holding special events during pandemic after her husband and mother end up on ventilators following a family bridal shower

  8-year-old Akron girl shot while riding in a car, police say

  Woman calls Ravenna police on Black man sitting on his car on the phone, falsely claims he has a gun

  Chardon school shooting survivor reacts to ’thin blue line’ flag controversy

  Twinsburg, Ohio police officer acts quickly to rescue child from rollover crash on I-480

  Northeast Ohio dance instructor speaks out against colleague accused of sexually assaulting former students

  4 police departments investigating former Northeast Ohio dance instructor for sexually assaulting students and sending nude photos to underage girls

  More BLM signs burned in Ohio City; arsonist caught on camera

  Several Ohio City Black Lives Matter yard signs burned to a crisp, Cleveland Police investigating crimes as racially motivated

  Man steals Volvo from Willoughby car dealership, forcing customer and salesman out of vehicle

  Former Solon City Schools Band Director likely to see felony charges, police say

  Olmsted Falls parents push for in-person learning, but calls fail to sway board of education

  Richmond Heights woman goes from Ohio business to business challenging mask mandate

  Akron man with COVID-19 fighting for his life in the same hospital his wife was just treated at for breast cancer

  Hundreds of dirt bikes, ATV riders speed through Cleveland’s West Side, delaying first responders

  6 employees at Bratenahl club test positive for covid-19 a few hours before President Trump’s campaign fundraiser

  Beachwood City Council discusses police reform after delayed release of controversial officer-involved shooting video

  Akron bartender relieved bars are closing earlier because late-night patrons have punched, screamed at staff for enforcing social distancing rules

  ’If you could see what I’ve been through you would understand why I just can’t hold back these tears’: Cleveland man makes miraculous recovery from Covid-19

  Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education votes to disregard Cuyahoga County health officials’ advice on reopening

  UPDATE: Corrections officer whose workers comp claim was denied after coming down with COVID-19 will now receive back pay and payment for her medical bills

  Cuyahoga County Board of Health says schools should switch to fully virtual learning environment to begin the year

  Elyria man shot and killed his wife, 3 kids before killing himself, police say