Jones is a former Jet Beauty and boy is she ever! Her beauty is only surpassed by her accomplishments and dedication to her media craft and her family.
I first met Kelly at Mix 93.3 with Teresa, Rocket and Ponch. She was promoting her new show on Channel 5 called Better Kansas City. She interviews local, national and international personalities, as well as restaurant guru’s and locals who help make Kansas City work.
Jones agreed to have some of our national comedy celebrities on her one houe show, which airs Monday-Friday at 9 a.m.
I could spend 10 pages citing the accomplishments on her resume, but here are just a few that make this former high school athlete and all around sports lover and graduate of Wayne State University, a very special lady.
She began her television broadcasting career in Yuma, Arizona as a morning and noon anchor. The Michigan native then traveled to Billings, Montana as the lead anchor, then did a three year stint overseas as an American Diplomat in Tirana, Albania and Brussels, Belgium.
Back on US soil, Kelly landed at KFMB TV as a reporter in San Diego where things really took off and she was nominated for numerous awards for her 24 hour coverage of the wild fires in 2007.
As if Jones plate wasn’t full enough, she was simultaneously tapped to be the Family Readiness Officer aboard a Marine Corps air station. In fact, Jones became the first civilian Family Readiness Officer in the 232 years of the Marines!
She left San Diego for the chance to have her own show here and anchor mornings. It comes with a price. Kelly has to get up at 2:30 AM to be at work for her 4:30am to noon news broadcasts at KCTV5. Jones has two children.
By the way when you meet Kelly its only a minute or two before you hear about her kids, the loves of her life.
“I’m a mom first,” Kelly says. “And my Mom is my hero.”
Kelly’s parents are both lawyers and her mom is a CEO in Detroit.
“I like being a leader,” Jones says. “I like being first and someone that people look up to.”
Boy, is she.
When Jones isn’t on TV5, she’s doing something in the community or on the air in Kansas City. She appears once a week during the NFL season on The Danny Parkins Show on 610 Sports and makes her football picks aptly named “Because I said So.”
Kelly plays the TOMBOY and breaks down NFL games and picks the winners. Well, she tries to pick winners. I did give her some advice this past year.
When Kelly isn’t turning on the Plaza Lights for Thanksgiving with the Chiefs, she’s hosting the Nursing Awards for the March of Dimes, judging the KC Chiefs Cheerleaders, working the Priest Holmes All Star Weekend bash, NAACP Events, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk or working with folks at the Autism Training Center of Kansas City.
Yes, it’s hard not to be impressed with a lady who is without a doubt the new Kansas City “It Girl.”
Kelly was even on the cover of KC Magazine recently and voted No. 1 News Personality in Kansas City by voters in The Pitch.
Is she a beauty? No question. Is she smart? I’ll say.
The sky’s the limit for this adopted KC Lady. In fact the sky and beyond.