Before joining “Extra,” Kelley served as the main anchor for the Fox Sports Network’s “The National Sports Report,” and the lead anchor for the weekly series, “Baseball Today.” Prior to Fox, Kelley was the lead sports anchor on the NBC owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
During his eight years in Chicago, Kelley was widely regarded as one of the region’s top sports anchors and directors, covering the World Championship Bulls in all six of the team’s title seasons. In addition to his nightly sportscasts, Kelley hosted the number one rated “Sports Sunday,” WMAQ-TV’s half-hour, expanded sports highlights program. There he shared the anchor desk with some of the city’s most dynamic sports and entertainment personalities, including NBA rebounding star Dennis Rodman and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. Kelley joined WMAQ-TV as a sports reporter and weekend anchor in April 1991.
While at WMAQ-TV, Kelley was part of a sports team that earned such prestigious awards the Chicago/Midwest Emmy award for producing and anchoring his hour-long special highlighting the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a fifth championship. Kelley also received the Peter Lisagor Award for Sports Journalism and an Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best Sportscast.
Kelley has also done stints as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at WDAF-TV, Channel 4, the Fox affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked as a news reporter at KMTV-TV in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his career as a weekend sports anchor and reporter at KTIV-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kelley played four seasons as a running back for the University of Nebraska before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. He signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1988 before embarking on a broadcasting career.
Kelley is the co-author of the book “Breaking Into Broadcasting,” a guide to landing one’s first (or next) on-air job in television.
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