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

  The Next 400: Racially motivated 911 calls, fighting back against the ‘Karens’

  Ohio Navy Veteran’s reaction to the presidential election goes viral

  Painesville family on edge after their cars stolen and home broken into

  Streetsboro teachers threaten strike, claim the district has refused to meet in person and ignored COVID safety concerns

  Elderly Akron man sucker punched on his front porch by people claiming to be DoorDash drivers

  Rocky River parents frustrated with the district’s hybrid program attend heated school board meeting

  Man arrested at Cuyahoga County BOE one day before Election Day following altercation outside the polls

  Akron minister offering to officiate LGBTQ+ weddings for free as worried same sex couples rush to the altar

  Dozens of Northeast Ohio cities targeted by a crew of teenage car thieves

  Akron man who died twice during battle with COVID-19 finally home with his wife and kids

  Former Wooster City Schools music teacher accused of having sex with a student, faces 2 counts of sexual battery

  Reward upped to $50,000 for tips leading to arrest of Lester Eubanks, man convicted in 1966 murder of teen girl

  Cleveland Police search for luggage thieves who stole a bag containing loved ones remains

  Friends mourn the death of OSU senior shot and killed outside house party

  Autism Speaks Cleveland holds walk virtually for the first time in its 14 year history

  Warrensville Heights City School District breaks ground on new $68 million school construction project

  Lakewood bars cited for violating COVID-19 restrictions

  Akron considering paying for and installing ring cameras in neighborhoods with the highest crime rates

  Two Ohio lawmakers say Kent State assigned pornographic book to an underaged college student

  UH Doctor reacts to President Trump’s tweet telling Americans not to be afraid of COVID

  Solon man loading groceries says woman racially profiled him for calling police, accusing him of driving a stolen car

  Thousands gather in Cleveland to protest ahead of presidential debate

  Cleveland hotel manager says this could’ve been a big week for Cleveland with the presidential debate, Indians playoff games, but because of COVID-19 they are seeing almost no impacts

  Cleveland State considering renaming Cleveland Marshall College of Law due to its racist roots

  Cleveland Police update community on status of consent decree saying they are closing investigations faster

  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