Kelly Davis joined WGN News in July 2017 as a reporter. As one of Chicago’s Very Own, Kelly was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, where she attended Glenbard West High School.

Prior to WGN-TV, Kelly was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KMOV in St. Louis, Missouri. Before her position at KMOV, Kelly worked in stations throughout the Midwest, including WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky and WWTV in Cadillac, Michigan. Over the years, Kelly has won multiple awards for her reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. 

Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Psychology at the University of Iowa. When she’s not in he newsroom, Kelly is usually traveling. She also enjoys baking, practicing yoga, and running along the lake. 


Recent Articles
  • At least 12 displaced after extra-alarm fire on South Side

    CHICAGO — An extra-alarm fire forced a dozen people from their homes on the South Side. The fire started around 5 a.m. Friday at 6625 S. Drexel Ave., a vacant house in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The vacant house went up in flames and spread to two neighboring homes that were occupied at the time of the fire. A vacant house on Drexel near Marquette went up in flames this morning and spread to the House next door. No injuries reported. […]

  • Chicago police to target large street parties in effort to combat violence

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson took another step aimed at preventing a repeat of last weekend’s gun violence. Johnson said he will be cracking down on potentially dangerous large gatherings. The superintendent said the department has been dissecting what happened last weekend and found a link between shootings and “large, unsanctioned street parties.” After a heartbreaking weekend filled with gunshots and grief Johnson said this weekend will be different. He said 20 percent of last weekend’s shooting victims were […]

  • Officer’s husband killed in home invasion on South Side

    CHICAGO — The husband of a Chicago police officer was killed during a home break-in on the South Side. The home invasion happened around 3:45 a.m. Thursday in the 9700 block of South Harvard Avenue in the Longwood Manor neighborhood. Police said four men broke into the home through a side window. Demetrius Jones, 43, who was inside the home, got into a physical struggle with one of the offenders, and was shot in the neck and the back. Jones […]

  • Weekend heat could be dangerous at Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO — People going to Lollapalooza on Saturday and Sunday are being warned to prepare for potentially dangerous heat. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s. With people packed into a crowd, it could feel much warmer than that. Roughly 100,000 people are expected to attend each day of the 4-day festival. Lollapalooza has hydration stations throughout the festival grounds to help people keep cool.

  • Man charged after biting off part of Art Institute employee’s ear, police say

    CHICAGO — A man was arrested after police said he bit off part of an Art Institute employee’s ear Thursday morning in the Loop. Donnell Young, 53, was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He was arrested Thursday around noon after being identified by officers and the  51-year-old victim. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. in the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue. Police said Young asked the man for a cigarette and when […]

  • Increased security in place for this year’s Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO — Lollapalooza kicks off today in Chicago’s Grant Park, and fans attending the musical festival can expect increased security — including more police. The entrance will feel a lot like airport style screening. People will be searched with a full body pat-down and metal detector screening before they’re allowed inside. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said police learned a lot from last year’s mass shooting at an outdoor Las Vegas concert. “Probably the most important thing we’ve learned is […]

  • 15 men file lawsuits claiming ex-Chicago cop responsible for wrongful convictions

    CHICAGO — Fifteen men who claim they were framed by a corrupt former Chicago police officer and members of his unit have filed federal lawsuits. The lawsuits allege a code of silence within the Chicago Police Department allowed Sgt. Ronald Watts to run an extortion ring with impunity. Fourteen of the 15 men had their convictions overturned in a mass exoneration last November. Twenty-four people have had their Watts-related conviction tossed from court because of the corruption. Cook County prosecutors are […]

  • 3 children among several shot in North Lawndale

    CHICAGO — At least four people were shot in North Lawndale on Friday night, including three children. Few details were immediately available, but police said the incident happened about 8 p.m. near West Fillmore and South Troy streets. Citing preliminary information, the Chicago Police Department confirmed “several people” were shot by two unknown gunmen. The Chicago Fire Department said first responders took one gunshot victim to Stroger Hospital in “extremely critical condition.” People on the scene Friday said their relative, […]

  • Man fatally shot by Lakemoor police was suspect in Pennsylvania murder

    LAKEMOOR, Ill. — A man that was killed after an officer-involved shooting in Lakemoor Thursday morning was wanted in connection to a Pennsylvania murder. Kenneth Edwin Martell, 36, was shot and killed around 5 a.m. near Four Seasons Boulevard and Sullivan Lake Road. The Lakemoore Police Department said an officer was speaking to Martell when he pulled out a gun. Officials said a “struggle ensued” and during the struggle, a second officer arrived. Police said the officer saw  that Martell […]

  • Woman fatally shot while walking into her apartment building in Washington Park

    CHICAGO — A woman was shot and killed while walking into a residential building in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood. Lashonna Howard, 27, was walking with another person into her apartment building in the 5600 block of South Michigan Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when shots were fired. Howard was hit in the head and leg. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Howard was the mother of two girls, an 8-year-old and a 12-year-old. Her daughters, along with […]