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

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

Cleveland business owner wants to bring face mask vending machines to local grocery stores

Cleveland Clinic physician says Ohio’s hospitals might not reach capacity if we continue to socially distance

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

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

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

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

Shaker Heights man posing as Uber driver arrested for rape

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

  Barberton salon owner says piles of dog poop are destroying her business

Akron man finds bullet in his bag of Cheetos following an attempted robbery at convenience store

Armed dad stops carjackers, follows them through Old Brooklyn neighborhood

Thousands outraged over video showing autistic boy left out in the cold in Summit County

‘Fat people are harder to kidnap’: Controversial Barberton pizza shop billboard taken down after backlash

UPDATE: Port Clinton Police, Ohio BCI investigating near home of Harley Dilly; dozens of residents gather to support missing boy

No arrests confirmed in Amber Alert hoax where mother lied about 12-year-old boy getting kidnapped in carjacking