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
A bill was introduced in Virginia to legally require background checks for gun rentals at shooting ranges. This comes after two young men who were previously involuntarily committed for mental health reasons, rented firearms at an indoor shooting range in Hanover, and took their lives.
The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a new absentee mail-in ballot tracker to allow voters to follow their ballots before receiving them, and after they’re sent back to the registrar, to make sure they're processed.