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

  Veterans’ organization in need of money to fix elevator

  Richmond City Council moves vote on ballot question over new arena, downtown development to Wednesday

  RPS seeks to rezone district to alleviate overcrowding, diversify district

  Virginia Flaggers banned from Goochland festival; now calling for boycott

  2 rescued from car submerged in floodwater on Richmond’s southside

  900-page Coliseum redevelopment plan unveiled to City Council

  New RPD Chief Smith sworn in: ‘In many cases, the best solution is ... a compassionate action'

  Roommate: Man pistol-whipped twice after 2 thieves forced their way into home

  Beloved landmark Richmond pharmacy to close doors

  Former embattled North Side apartment complex undergoing major renovations

  RPD officer shot in both legs after gun goes off in suspect’s backpack

  26 RPS students shot last year; district ups counseling budget

  Goldman aims to put Coliseum opposition question on ballot

  Parent, former teacher files federal complaint after RPS loses track of 800 students who don’t speak English

  ‘They seemed very professional:’ Pharmacist tied up during armed robbery

  Pregnant woman survives getting struck by stray bullets on Richmond’s southside

  More action outside Capitol than inside after special session fizzles among hundreds of demonstrators

  ’There really are a lot of misconceptions about suppressors’: NRA says on gun silencers Northam aims to ban

  ‘Get out of my county!’: Virginia mother confronts KKK recruitment group

  Safety concerns raised over kids riding Richmond’s new electronic scooters

  ‘You’re protecting the child killer’: Mother of slain daughter says to silent witnesses; $20K reward offered in 9-year-old’s death

  Man whose body was found in ditch died from gunshot; suspect arrested in N.Y.

  Stoney calls for ‘common sense’ gun ban; City Council to hold special meeting

  Excitement builds for landmark day in Arthur Ashe Boulevard renaming

  Resident upset over dozens of removed trees at South Richmond apartment complex

  Petersburg native who went viral with son stars in Denny’s commercial

  ‘Love it? Then Lock it or Lose it!’: RPD says some drivers still aren’t getting the message

  Religious organizations added to $82 million lawsuit in sex abuse case

  ‘Let a cat be a cat’: Declawing blamed for behavioral issues, surrendered animals

  ‘Unconscionable’ inaction vs. ‘dancing in blood’ of victims: VA Beach shooting reignites gun debate