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

  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’

  Shootings in Richmond up 32% in 2019; RPD continues arrests in high-profiles cases

  ‘We had a lot of tough conversations about race’: Community members disappointed in RPS school board rezoning

Planning begins for statue honoring 14 African American Civil War heroes on Monument Avenue

  ‘They had students’ coats and backpacks in plastic bags’: Multiple cases of bed bugs confirmed at RPS elementary school

  ‘The bad people shot mommy’: Richmond Fire Lt. shielded 5-year-old son from gunfire that killed her

  12-year-old girl shot in head while asleep in Southside home returns from hospital

  ‘This doesn’t give me the right to victimize anyone’: Suspect returns stolen clarinet with apology note

  RPS parents sound off on final four rezoning plans

  In 5 weeks, RRHA doubles number of eviction lawsuits sent to tenants

  Richmond 5th District City Council candidates spar over sample ballots

  Richmond City Council questioning competitiveness of bidding new school construction

Don’t get towed! Major repaving begins today in Carytown

  Busy I-195 on-ramp now closed for bridge repairs

  Surge of absentee voters indicates possible long lines on Election Day

  ‘Nanny’ Jenkins is the Nationals’ spryest 91-year-old superfan

  'I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime’: Super fan ‘Captain Natitude’ ready to watch Nats in World Series

  'I’ll be homeless’: Richmond family loses $14,000 in rental home scam, ordered to vacate in 3 days

  ’I’m scared to go back to school’: 9-year-old RPS student says lunch aide dragged him by feet

  Richmond woman gets $1,000 collections bill from city, but says she never received any bills

  ’I want the truth to be known’: Family of slain Chesterfield woman calls for justice

  Stoney pitches 2 ordinances to crack down on gun violence, distracted driving

Richmond graduation rate drops 5% after transcript crackdown; still lowest in state

  ’She’s very well behaved:’ Petersburg family battles to keep pet pig