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

VEC fixes glitch in weekly filing of pandemic assistance claims

  Owner of Richmond assisted living facility federally indicted for allegedly stealing $800K in residents’ benefits

  ‘Vax hawks’ help thousands in Central Virginia find vaccine appointments

  As students return to in-person learning, here’s how to track a school’s COVID-19 case count in Central Va.

  Southside Electric CEO responds after 242 complaints filed against co-op in ice storm aftermath

  Significant number of vaccine call-backs are going unanswered. Will you lose your place on the waitlist?

Where to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, as additional pharmacy networks begin shots in Virginia

  Project reinventing Edward Valentine’s Lost Cause studio

  Dispelling COVID-19 vaccine myths

  Central Va. sees biggest snowfall in 2 years, leaving roads slushy, slippery for Monday commute

  Gun rental background check bill introduced after back-to-back suicides at Hanover shooting range

  How to hunt down your $600 delayed COVID stimulus payment

  ‘We have two lives lost’: Families push for gun rental background checks after back-to-back suicides

  2020: Strides forward for social justice

  How you can track who and where VA vaccines are given

  Gov. Northam donates blood plasma as VA Red Cross reports greater need than ever before

  ‘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?