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

  Mayor Stoney calls for gun ban in city buildings, parks

  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

Fallen firefighters of Central VA remembered for their sacrifice

  'A loving individual’: Powhatan community remembers man killed in Va. Beach

  Trauma counseling for child victims: 22 RPS students shot this school year

  ‘A cowardly act’: No suspects yet in 9-year-old’s shooting death

  Digital Dialogue: Lupus Awareness Month

  Wife of man charged with burning dog alive says ‘accusation is very false’

  'All I can see is her’: Toddler dies after reported sexual assault at motel

  Pit bull puppy found dead, shot in head on middle school track

  ‘It’s still not real to me.’ Son of woman found dead in Richmond home pleads for answers

  Richmond’s new public housing leader weighs in on next big step to dissolve the ‘courts’

  Hopewell to vote for year-round school for entire district

  Richmond teachers rally to help colleague whose daughter has cancer

  Finding Brittany Williams: 7-year-old with AIDS still missing after 19 years

  Richmond neighbors upset after city threatens to remove block of oak trees

  Richmond City Council fully funds schools, keeps property tax flat in budget

  Richmond budget battle heats up; mayor’s staff walks out

  Richmond teacher Rodney Robinson named 2019 National Teacher of the Year

  ‘I started crawling into the room’: Man helps rescue 3 from burning Richmond home

  Long lines of residents sound off to Richmond City Council on tax hikes, RPS funding

  City Council to hold public hearing on Stoney’s proposal budget

  Dinwiddie County files $40 million lawsuit against drug companies over opioid epidemic

Capitol Police sergeant with suspected ties to white supremacist groups terminated