Kelly Kennedy

Kelly Kennedy comes to CBS17 after working as a reporter in Panama City Beach, Florida and Nebraska.

Kelly left her home in New York City three years ago for her first on air job in the Cornhusker state.

She covered everything from tornadoes, to the doctor shortage in rural areas, to a mysterious virus killing piglets, and the legislature in Lincoln.

Kelly continued her reporting career in Panama City Beach 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 several college students and a gang rape that happened on the beach in broad daylight.

She continued her coverage of spring break by reporting on the new laws the city passed to reign in the partying. 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 AP award.

Kelly discovered the arts center had lost its nonprofit 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.

The arts center is now renamed and under new management.

When she’s not working Kelly enjoys kickboxing, good coffee, cooking, and traveling whenever she can.

She’s looking forward to exploring North Carolina and getting to know the community.

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