Anne Kelly

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: Some people say they've always known they wanted to work in TV. For me, it wasn't an obvious decision. I grew up wanting to sing, to teach, thought maybe I'd be a lawyer like my dad. In high school, I decided radio would be a good fit for me, then grew fascinated with journalism. I didn't even consider TV until a teacher, who happened to be in my school counselor's office while I was there discussing college, told me to forget radio, that I was meant for television. Fast forward 10 years, I wound up studying broadcast journalism in college, worked really hard to get my first reporting job, and I'm here in Indy, reporting the news and loving it.

Q: What was your first job?
A: Right out of college, before I'd even started applying for reporting jobs, I began working for Clear Channel Radio.  A teacher recommended me for the position, which involved writing and recording short audio newscasts for cell phones. It wasn't the best job, but it paid the bills, helped transition me into the working world. After six months with Clear Channel, I broke into TV and moved to North Dakota to begin reporting.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: The Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, and The Following (among many others)

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Because I work such odd hours and am at the station when most people are sleeping, I love to spend the weekend with the person I love most, whom I never get to see otherwise: my boyfriend. We visit our families, tour the city (which is new to both of us) or hole up in our apt. The goal is just to relax.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A:  Bru Burger. Lots of great food in the city, but this is the one place I keep going back to.  Awesome burgers, good selection of beer and outdoor seating in the summer!

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: The weather. Enough said. 

Q: Favorite movie?
A: "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my favorite movies.
 
Q: Favorite book?
A: I read "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson about two years ago and really, really enjoyed it.  I've read plenty since but nothing has stuck with me quite the same. Anything incorporating history is fascinating to me. 

Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: Whatever I can run to, so a fair share of high-tempo pop.

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A:  I'm really into snowboarding, was actually an instructor for children for several years when I was in high school and college. That was back when I lived 10 minutes away from a small resort (Chestnut Mtn. in Galena, Ill.) Now that a skill hill isn't as convenient to get to, I only make it out a couple times a year.

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: My older sister said to me when I was 19 and struggling with our parents' divorce, that I was only so upset, so disappointed, because it wasn't what I expected or predicted. That I was stuck with an idea in my head of how life should be, and needed to let go of it. It's something I think of a lot. I have high expectations out of life, but work to avoid building my life based on what I think, or have been taught, is supposed to happen.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: I'm a fan of camping, so anywhere I can do that. That said, I have some great memories of times in Vegas and it ranks as a top spot for sure.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Oh yes! Three cats, all rescues, and one adorable shih tzu, Harriette.  Our apartment is always full of life as a result.

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: Sleeping, at the gym, reading or TV.  Pretty exciting, right?  I feel like it may be a bit more exciting if my "evening" didn't fall between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone else is at work!

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: People who are consistently late by more than 20 minutes

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Keeping applying. Getting that first job, any job, isn't easy. I've worked at three stations now and in each case, applied to dozens upon dozens of stations before being hired. It's tough, but you learn not to take it personally. Every news director has an idea of who they want to hire. You just need to find which station's mold you fit into.

Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
A: Anywhere from Mass Avenue to the Canal or Broad Ripple. And Yats, they need to try Yats.

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: I volunteer every week at an IPS school through United Way's ReadUP program. Essentially, a third-grader reads to me, and we break the text apart.  It's really an important program that has shown to make a huge difference over time for kids. It's definitely important to me. 

Q: When was the last time you tried something new?
A: Have been trying to raise a puppy. It's an ongoing experiment.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: My darn cell phone, so addicted.

Q: What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
A: My mom passed away unexpectedly pack in 2011.  Saying goodbye to her, packing up her belongings, handing over her home, it was tough. Having two amazing sisters definitely helped.

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: I sky dived in South Africa years ago.  What was especially scary about it, they did no training, didn't even talk to me about what was going to happen until we were up in the plane and at that point, a man was just shouting to me directions -- a lot of confusion and little time to think through what was happening.  Within 45 minutes of showing up at the sky dive center I was dropping 10,000 feet.

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: Working with animals or children. Big difference, but those are my two other loves. I could see myself working for an animal rescue group for sure. Also teaching younger children, working with them on the building blocks of their education, may have been the route I'd taken.

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: Pay off my student loan debt!
 

Anne Kelly joins the "Good Morning Indiana" team as a multi-media journalist, which means along with reporting the news, you'll also find her often behind the camera.

Anne comes to us from Chicago where she most recently worked as a radio reporter. Before that, she reported in Springfield, Illinois for WCIA-TV, covering everything from the passage of Illinois' civil unions to the state's repeal of the death penalty.

She started her career in Bismarck, N.D., where she worked as a health reporter for two years.

Anne is a proud graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She's identifies as a "city girl" but grew up in Galena, a town of 3,500 people in northwestern Illinois.

If she's not reporting, Anne is usually deep in a DIY project, sewing or painting her latest creation. She inherited her late-mom's tiny dog and has three cats, the third of which Anne rescued from a murder scene she was reporting from in Springfield.

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