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Kelly joined the Q13 FOX News team in September 2012.
She loves waking up extra early to make sure you’re ready for the day.
Before coming to Seattle, Kelly spent three years as an anchor and reporter at KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she reported on everything from tornadoes and dam collapses to the Iowa Caucus.
Her first job in TV took Kelly to Columbus, Ga., where she worked for WRBL-TV.
Kelly is originally from St. Paul, Minn., and a proud alum of the University of Minnesota.
That said, she is happy to trade in the snow for the rain and adopting Seattle’s sports teams like the Seahawks and Sounders and the M's.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
My Velcro rollers.
I take a lesson from the ladies of the ‘50s to give my hair an extra boost in the morning.

What keeps me going…
Caffeine — in any form.

My greatest TV moment…
Riding in a WWII biplane over the cornfields of Iowa and telling the story of two friends who wanted to bring history back to life for younger generations.

TV moment I’d like to forget…
Riding on a Chinook Military Chopper with the National Guard. While the experience was something I will never forget and would never take back, my stomach would not agree — I didn’t feel too well for the next few days.

If I had free time, I would…
Explore new places and travel and I would love to learn how to cook.

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Recent Articles
  • WATCH: It’s back to school time for kiddos around the Puget Sound

  • Sky Metalwala when he was last seen on the left. An age progressed photo on the right.

    On Sky Metalwala’s 5th birthday, his father pleads with parents to take steps to protect kids

    BELLEVUE — Today, September 2nd, is Sky Metalwala’s 5th birthday. Metalwala went missing in 2011 at just two years old and has not been seen since. His mother told officers she left him in the car when she ran out of gas. When she came back from the gas station, she says he was gone. “The pain is there every day,” says Solomon Metalwala, Sky’s father. Bellevue Police say the case is still open and active. They’ve received more than 2,500 tips […]

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    Detecting newborn jaundice with just the click of a phone

    SEATTLE — A new app, developed by doctors and engineers our own backyard, could help detect newborn jaundice and ease the fears of new parents. Newborn jaundice is normal, and very common. Out of the 4 million babies born in the U.S every year, about 3.5 million have some form of jaundice. “Typically the family brings the newborn in the first day or second day of life, but newborn jaundice peaks on day 3 to 5 of life; many parents are […]

  • Dealing with kids’ homework anxiety

    Back to School: Avoiding the homework hassle

    SEATTLE — The first day of school for kids in the Seattle School District is just about a week away. Its crunch time for students and parents as we get back into the swing of things, especially when it comes to homework time. Experts say it’s all about your attitude, the attitude of the student and the attitude of the parent. Nearly 60 percent of parents say they fight with their kids when it comes to homework. So how can you […]

  • Move Over Soccer Camp: Tech Camp is a Hit this Summer

    SEATTLE- Kids from all over our state are spending the summer on the University of Washington campus learning what it’s like to be a programmer.  Instead of just playing the video games, they are creating the video games.  The camp is called iD Tech Camp.  Kids, ages 7 to 17, learn how to create an app, game design, film making and 3D modeling for one week. “I like playing video games so I decided at this game, by not make […]

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    The face says it all: Kelly takes to the sky with air aerobatic team

    Reporter Kelly O’Connell rides along with the Air National Guard Aerobatic Team to get a preview of this weekend’s Seafair Air Show. To learn more about the team, click here.

  • Looking to build job experience? Forget internships, try this on for size

    SEATTLE – — Consider it boot camp for your career, even before you career starts. A local company is trying to bridge the gap between college graduation and that very first job. Started by fortune 500 business leaders and education experts, KORU helps bridge the gap between graduation and the job interview. Right now, ½ of the students who graduate college are either underemployed or unemployed. Often times, because they don’t have the skills employers are looking for. “I wasn’t getting hired right […]

  • 5 things you HAVE to have in your car this weekend

    SEATTLE- The AAA says 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, many of them by car. The roads will be packed but before you pack up the kids and the car, the AAA has the 5 things you need to have in your car for the long road trip. A properly inflated spare tire An emergency kit (warning devices, jumper cables, water, flashlight with batteries) A cell phone and charger Water and snacks for children and […]

  • Small Changes: Taking time to protect your home from burglars

    EVERETT-The time is now to protect your home and your family. According to the FBI, a home is broken into every 13 seconds in America and home burglaries are more common during the summer months. Crime prevention officer Edward Golden from the Everett Police Department says there are small changes you can make now to secure your home. First, start outside the home. Make sure your trees and brushes are not too large or full. You need to be able […]