Kelly is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford’s Mass Media Institute. While at Stanford, she worked as an intern at KPIX-TV in San Francisco.
She began her career at KGET-TV in Bakersfield, Calif. working as the teleprompter operator. A few months later, she became the consumer reporter and then the main anchor of the 6 and 11 o’clock news.
A morning anchor job at KCRA-TV in Sacramento followed. After reporter/anchor jobs at KUSA-TV in Denver, CO and WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kelly moved into Cable TV. She traveled the U.S. and Internationally as a field producer and writer for the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” and covered the “Food Challenge” series including wedding cakes and BBQ cook-offs. She also wrote and field produced for HGTV including the annual Christmas windows specials and Style Network’s “Skin Deep” program about the history of beauty products.
After living and working in Chicago on these projects, she got back in the news in 2005, reporting and anchoring at KGO-TV in San Francisco. Then it was off to anchor the news at KUSI-TV in San Diego in 2007.
During her news career, she has covered both local and national stories including California earthquakes, wildfires, floods and the tragedy at Columbine in Colorado. She has interviewed newsmakers, including several sitting presidents, Caesar Chavez, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the artist Christo while covering his umbrella/art constellation.
With an avid interest in fitness, she has reported while scuba diving for a story on underwater Tahoe, followed the training of the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team and interviewed the first blind mountain climber to reach the top of Mount Everest.
After a couple of years as a communications director for a California Land Trust, Kelly came back to Sacramento where she began reporting for CBS13 in 2014.
Kelly was born in Los Gatos, grew up in the Bay Area and later moved to Yuba City where she went to high school and is proud to be a Honker. In her spare time, you can find her kickboxing or paddleboarding.