“Who’s Behind the Mic?” introduces you to the voices you hear on Northwest Public Radio.
Kelly started listening to public radio when she started working at Northwest Public Radio. She wanted to be part of the team that brings programs to listeners across the region. Now she feels personally connected to the programs, her favorite being 1A with Joshua Johnson.
She likes feeling she is part of something that is accurate, and says “it’s nice to work somewhere there’s an emphasis on accuracy and truth.”
Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Last year she completed another degree, this time from Washington State University, majoring in public relations, with a minor in French.
The daughter of a proud Cougar, Kelly always wanted to study at WSU. It was not a matter of “if” - just “when.” “I just wanted to be sure when I came to WSU I could pay for it myself,” she said.
Kelly began announcing at Northwest Public Radio during her senior year at WSU and managed to do it while raising two children, now ages 13 and 20.
“I have not taken a nap since 2004,” Kelly says, laughing.
She may not nap much, but she reads a lot. She has zero social media and no TV, but is the proud owner of a big collection of books. Her family has a tradition of reading together: she has one book club and reading series with her children, and a separate one with her parents.