Kelly Avellino

Kelly Avellino


Kelly Avellino is an anchor and reporter for NBC12 News. She's lived in Richmond for six years, and is proud to call the River City her home. Kelly covers the Richmond city beat and is honored to help share the voices and stories of the many incredible people who make up RVA.

Kelly's reported on far-reaching stories from Black Lives Matter protests to the homicide of UVA student, Hannah Graham by a serial killer. However, her favorite stories are those that touch the soul, including that of a young boy living with a rare form of dwarfism, which earned an Emmy nomination.

Originally from New Jersey, Kelly traveled to Grand Junction, Colorado, for her first on-air job as a multimedia journalist and anchor. She also spent several years working behind the camera for the News 12 Networks in NJ/NY and at the former New Jersey Network News.

When she's not tracking down stories, you may spot Kelly jogging, hiking or enjoying the beach… anything outdoors (hopefully minus the bugs)!


  • Reported lead story for two Emmy-award winning newscasts for NBC 12, 2014 and 2015
  • Style Weekly Best Local TV News Reporter 2018
  • Style Weekly Best Local TV Anchor- third place 2018
  • 2017 Emmy nomination best general assignment report
  • 2016 Emmy nomination for best light feature story
  • 2016 Associated Press Broadcasters Award- Meritorious award for feature story
  • 2015 Associated Press Broadcasters Award- Meritorious award for feature story
  • 2011 Associated Press Mark Twain Award winner, Best News Writing
  • 2009 Student Academy Award (silver) - documentary


  • Columbia University (masters in journalism)

Recent Articles by Kelly

Owner of Richmond assisted living facility federally indicted for allegedly stealing $800K in residents’ benefits

‘Vax hawks’ help thousands in Central Virginia find vaccine appointments

Significant number of vaccine call-backs are going unanswered. Will you lose your place on the waitlist?

Where to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, as additional pharmacy networks begin shots in Virginia

Dispelling COVID-19 vaccine myths

Gun rental background check bill introduced after back-to-back suicides at Hanover shooting range

How to hunt down your $600 delayed COVID stimulus payment

Gov. Northam donates blood plasma as VA Red Cross reports greater need than ever before

Haven’t voted yet? What to know if you run into an unforeseen problem

Question on Virginia ballot would change how we decide voter districts

How to track your absentee mail-in ballot in Virginia

Who’s hiring in Central Va. during the COVID-19 crisis?

Virginia teachers call Governor’s $1.2 billion for education ‘woefully short’