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.
Two Hanover men each took their lives at Green Top Shooting Range in Hanover County last July. Both had been committed to mental health institutions, multiple times before. But their families say a loophole in gun laws allowed them to rent a firearm, a loophole they are now working to close.
The Virginia Health Department just launched a new Vaccine Dashboard tool to help track that vaccination process, across the Commonwealth. The public can now easily view data on vaccine totals, distribution areas, and even demographics on who is getting the shot.
A virtual journey launched Thanksgiving eve to give anyone in the world a deeper understanding of the African American experience in Richmond, dating back to when the first enslaved people were sold in the River City.
Now is the time to start applying for seasonal jobs, and the pandemic has brought on a wave of workers needed to fulfill historic numbers of online orders, and disinfect stores and fulfillment facilities.
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.
One of the most controversial changes made by some states to voting procedures amid the pandemic- universal mailing of ballots- is not happening in Virginia. However, there were some other changes made in the Commonwealth that caused initial pushback.
Some opposed to having school resource officers in schools argue if they weren’t there, arrest rates could be lower and students would be handled more so by counselors, as opposed to getting caught up in the criminal justice system.
The current climate across the country has prompted police reform to come under national focus. A family of one of the first Black police officers in Richmond, who served during a harshly divided period at the onset of the Civil Rights Movement, is now speaking out.
New federal laws are in effect to protect your rights in the workplace, during the pandemic. Viewers have been reaching out to 12 On Your Side, saying they’ve been fired after being ordered to quarantine by a doctor, or refusing to go into work out of fear of COVID-19 exposure or unsafe conditions.
Seniors from Hanover tell NBC12 even though it’s been crushing to miss out on some of the highlights of their senior year of high school, they’re grateful for what lies ahead- and what they’ve learned through these unpredictable times.