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

  '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

  Man charged in murder, sexual assault of toddler at Richmond motel

  Richmond residents growing impatient over dead tree that poses a safety hazard

  Medical Examiner: 10-month-old baby died in July from hyperthermia; mother denies leaving child in car

  3 bikers killed in crash on I-95 ramp remembered for their contributions to the community

  RPS hits snag in construction of new elementary school

  ’It’s taken them months to pay us’: Richmond school bus drivers complain over late, partial paychecks

  3 vehicles damaged in parking garage fire

  Questions arise following confusion over RPS physical education requirement

  South Richmond veteran organization hits another snag in elevator repair

  Richmond residents annoyed after replacement trash cans on back order

  ‘So intrusive’: Libbie Avenue neighbors battle proposed law office

  ‘He was magnetic’: VCU campus mourns senior killed in I-64 crash

’She was ready to go’: Kids across RVA head back-to-school

  Central Va. Red Cross volunteers in Florida helping those in Dorian’s path

  'Everything was torn to pieces’: Bottoms Up pizza a literal mark of Gaston recovery

  New start times, more electives part of RPS changes

  ‘Man proposes, God disposes’: Chesterfield couple watches ‘dream home’ go up in flames

  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