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

  ‘Hidden in Plain Site’ offers virtual tour of Richmond’s African American history

Two-year driver’s license renewal option now available online

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

  RPS sees chronic absenteeism spike with virtual learning

  Question on Virginia ballot would change how we decide voter districts

  Holiday hiring starts now! Check out who has openings in Central Virginia

  Two-day trial continues for driver charged in 2018 firefighter death

  Voting in person during COVID: What you need to know

  How to track your absentee mail-in ballot in Virginia

  Decision 2020: Breaking down the potential for voter fraud in Virginia

  RPS launches fully virtual learning

  The debate over police school resource officers in Richmond schools

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

  Who’s hiring during the pandemic?

  ‘He brought about change because other officers followed’: Family of one of 1st Black RPD officers opens up about father’s legacy

  Know your workplace rights: New laws protect employees during COVID-19 crisis

  How to delay your COVID-related eviction case for 60 days

Hanover seniors hopeful for ‘semi-normal’ freshman year in college

  Postponing your wedding during the pandemic? What to know during a very un-blissful process

  'These are already vulnerable populations struggling day-to-day’: Richmond healthcare clinics pressed during pandemic

  Salvation Army helping those most at risk during pandemic

  ‘Our expenses have not stopped': New shelter for expectant mothers in need of donations during pandemic

  Richmond couple ties knot via Instagram live after two weeks of reinventing ceremony

  Chesterfield telehealth company at forefront of coronavirus battle as Trump expands virtual medicine

  Taking the air out of hazardous balloon releases

  14-year-old world pole sport champion aims to change perception of sport

  Residents at Belt Atlantic Apartments: Raw sewage has backed up onto property for weeks

  Loved ones of Richmond Navy trailblazer Admiral Samuel Gravely plan memorial statue in hometown

  Va. bill would extend statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse survivors

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