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.
Recent numbers from a pool of people vaccinated by the Shelby County Health Department show twice as many white people in Shelby County have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine than African American and other races.
Based on the weekly allotment, SCHD will resume vaccinations on an appointment-only basis at the Pipkin Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds each Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Thousands of people in Shelby County have at least one more month until a nationwide eviction moratorium is lifted. While the moratorium has been extended by the latest COVID relief bill, at this point, there is no money for landlords.
Leading up to the holiday, Mid-South health officials have pleaded with people to keep gatherings nuclear, small and local. Following the surge in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, Mississippi saw its single highest daily death count this week.
As the Modera vaccine begins shipments, local healthcare facilities continue to vaccinate using their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Saturday, UT Health Sciences Center started vaccinations which included hundreds of students.
While distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues, and the number of vaccinated people rises, all eyes are on the next round. The Moderna vaccine which, like the Pfizer vaccine, has a 95 percent efficacy rate, will likely start arriving at health care facilities in the Mid-South next week.
Tennessee is now in the game. Vaccines were shipped to hospitals across the state. Memphis hospitals started vaccinating staff members soon after they got their vaccine shipments from Pfizer Thursday morning.