Kelly O’Donnell is a broadcast journalist whose face does not need an elaborate introduction for the newsy folks that follow the daily news reports from NBC station. Ever since she joined the media outfit in 1994, she has faithfully worked for various media outfits in the capacities of a correspondent, news anchor and show host.
Kelly O’Donnell has over a long period of time shown a high level of professionalism in her craft which in turn has made her a force to reckon with in the field of journalism. Little wonder she was a recipient of the Emmy award and was also inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. Here are 5 interesting facts you need to know about this accomplished broadcast journalist.
Kelly O’Donnell Biography
The renowned journalist was born on the 17th day of May in the year 1965, in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States of America to a businessman father, Josh O’Donnell and a dancer, Kristien O’Donnell. She is of Irish-American descent and is not the only child of her parents as she has an elder sister named Jenny, who also mines her trade as a journalist.
Regarding her educational pursuit, the young Kelly O’Donnell attended the Villa Angela St. Joseph High School before proceeding to Northwestern University. At the University, Kelly studied a combined course in journalism and public policy; she would graduate in 1987 with a degree in Science in Education. This is not all that there is, to this pink-haired woman. Below are five interesting facts read on.
5 Interesting Facts You Need To Know about Kelly O’Donnell
In the 1990s, shortly after Kelly O’Donnell graduated, she landed her first job as a reporter and anchor at WJW TV, a television station based in her native town of Cleveland, Ohio. The beautiful news anchor worked alongside Martin Savidge at the time WJW was still a CBS station in Cleveland. She learned the rudiments of journalism at WJW TV and became a regular panelist on the Chris Matthews Show until the show was abruptly canceled.
In 1994, the television personality joined NBC as a news anchor and diligently served as the substitute host of the Weekend Today program as well as the weekend edition of Nightly News. Kelly O’Donnell’s professional reportage/contributions have been captured in the popular primetime newsmagazine – Dateline NBC.
Kelly O’Donnell was elevated as the White House correspondent for NBC during the 2nd term of former President George W. Bush. More so, she has covered the Bush Administration, Congress, and several presidential campaigns. During the 2018 presidential election campaign that ushered in President Barrack Obama, Kelly O’Donnell became Capitol Hill correspondent.
She fiercely covered major events like the Iraq war, the deadly 9/11 attacks, the space shuttle Columbia disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing, as well as the O.J. Simpson trial. O’Donnell’s lent her fine voice during Pope John Paul II travels and death. In sports, she has covered the summer and winter Olympic Games. She serves in the capacity of White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC news while also appearing on NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet The Press, as well as MSNBC.
2. Her Net Worth
With an annual salary believed to be in the range of $200,000, with other incomes she earns from other activities such as red carpet hosting, anchoring of award functions, and shows presentations; her financial value (net worth) is pegged at about $8 million. She bought a well-furnished and luxurious house in Ohio, around 2016.
3. Family Life – Husband
Kelly O’Donnell is married to John David Ake, an award-winning photojournalist. There is a dearth of information regarding the date, year, and where they tied the nuptial knot. The couple is yet to welcome any child of their own.
Mr John David Ake is the Director of Photography for The Associated Press (AP). He has worked for reputable outfits like Agence France-Presse, Reuters and United Press International – based in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, and New York.
4. Awards and Recognition
For her contributions to the noble profession of journalism, Kelly was in 2011 inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. Three years later, precisely in 2004, she was inducted into the Ohio Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The renowned journalist is a recipient of Emmy awards, National Headliner award, Los Angeles Press Club awards, and New Hampshire Primary Award for Political Reporting. What a feat!
5. Kelly O’Donnell’s Pregnancy Rumours, Her Height and Body Measurements
The Ohio born journalist stands at a height of 5 ft 10 inches. Interestingly, her sudden weight gain caused a widespread rumor of a possible pregnancy in 2018.
The press woman declined giving credence to the rumor and as such, it died faster than it began. Her weight is reported as 78kg while her other body measurements are listed as 39, 28 and 38 inches for the bust, waist, and hip respectively.