Kelly Roberts joined the WMC team in July 2018 as a morning reporter and multimedia journalist. She’s a transplant to the Mid-South from the Midwest.
Before coming to Memphis, Kelly worked at as a reporter at WANE in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Before that she spent time at WLFI in West Lafayette, Indiana and WXIN Fox 59 in Indianapolis. In that time she’s reported on presidential visits, a tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse and two school shootings. She reports on happy things too, like a girl’s worldwide impact when she brought "buddy benches" to her school and a small town’s successful fight against a large developer wanting to put a stone quarry in their neighborhood.
Kelly was born and raised in Indiana, the Hoosier State. She graduated from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University. And no, she does not know what a Hoosier is.
Her love of local news has taken her to several places, but she’s thankful for all the people she’s met and the stories they let her tell.
In her free time, Kelly likes to travel. While at home, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix and playing with her cat, Custard. Kelly is most excited to try all the food in Memphis. Email her your favorite must-try restaurant and any story ideas.
Watch Kelly on WMC Action Nes 5 weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.
The case of Breonna Taylor has brought many conversations to the forefront including what the charge of wanton endangerment means. One Tennessee senator is taking those conversations and hoping to make legislative changes happen.
There are less than two weeks to go until the close of voter registration. So, the Shelby County Election Commission and thousands of people across Shelby County are making the final push to get people registered to vote.
A lesson on injustice and race has one Memphis mother wondering if it was inappropriate for her 10-year-old son. The school district teaching it said it’s the first complaint of its kind in the several years it’s had the curriculum.
The Mississippi Department of Health conducted the testing about a week after the facility saw its first group of positive cases since the start of the pandemic. Since Saturday, 11 people inside the DeSoto County Detention Center tested positive for COVID-19.
Organizations, employers, and churches have all stepped up to help support virtual learning students. While Shelby County Schools students are not reporting to school buildings, many are going to a location out of the home for supervision during virtual learning while their parents are at work.
On Monday, the largest school district in Tennessee will start their school year completely virtual. Shelby County Schools will work through the weekend getting laptops or tablets to all 95,000 students.
Since Aug. 3, students at Compass Community Schools’ six campuses have been learning online. With nearly a month of virtual class under its belt, the district is eager to get students back to class, but not until they deem it totally safe.
The largest school district in Mississippi is bringing on more staff to help with distance learning. DeSoto County Schools is looking to hire two distance learning assistants for every one of its 38 elementary, middle, and high schools.
There are about 15,000 bilingual students at Shelby County Schools. While starting the school year fully virtual is new to everyone, for those still learning English there are some extra hurdles to jump.
Catholic School students across the Mid-South went back to school this week. The ten schools within the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Memphis have differing back-to-school plans, and not all plans included a 100 percent virtual option.