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
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton speak at University of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton are slated to speak in Chicago on Saturday. The trio is in town for the 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted at the University of Chicago. The event is comprised of more than 1,000 students from around the world who are coming together with global leaders and policy experts. The goal is to engage the next generation of leaders and help them […]

  • Man killed, 2 injured after motorcycle crash in Burnham

    BURNHAM, Ill. — A father was killed, and two others were seriously injured, after an accident involving a motorcycle and a car. The Lake County Coroner has identified the victim as 21-year-old Kendall King. The crash happened shortly after midnight Thursday at 139th and Torrence in Burnham. Family members said King was riding the motorcycle with his son’s mother, when they collided with a car. King died from his injuries at the hospital. The 23-year-old woman is recovering from a […]

  • Prosecution rests in Jason Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys are expected to begin presenting witnesses Monday. Jurors on Thursday heard from a ballistics expert who said it would take a “deliberate and methodical” approach to fire 16 shots in the timespan seen in dashcam video of the McDonald shooting, which happened Oct. 20, 2014. An expert on deadly force said there was no reason […]

  • Jury selection complete in Van Dyke trial; opening statements to start Monday

    CHICAGO — Opening statements are slated to begin Monday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald in 2014. It is still unknown whether Van Dyke, 40, will choose a bench or jury trial. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan has given the officer until Friday to decide. Jury selection wrapped up Thursday afternoon with 12 jurors and five alternates selected in just three days. Only the first 11 picks were sworn in; […]

  • Man stabbed in the Loop, police say

    CHICAGO – A man was hospitalized after being stabbed in the Loop, according to police. Police said the man was standing on the sidewalk around 10 p.m. on the 200 block of South State Street near Adams Street when a man walked up and stabbed him multiple times. The man who was stabbed ran across the street and collapsed. Paramedics found him in front of a nearby CVS. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition. No one is […]

  • Judge finds Jason Van Dyke violated gag order, increases bail by $2,000

    CHICAGO — A judge decided not to jail a Chicago police officer and ordered him to pay only $200 on Thursday for giving media interviews that the judge said were a violation of a court order not to talk publicly about why he shot a teenager 16 times in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke swiftly paid the additional bail to remain free as jury selection is just beginning in his politically-charged first-degree murder trial in the death of Laquan McDonald. […]

  • With Emanuel out, others could get in race for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, said in a surprise announcement that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart. Emanuel also led the effort to conduct the largest mass closing of neighborhood schools in American history and is credited with helping to stabilize the city’s finances through politically unpopular increases […]

  • Mayor Emanuel pushes for full-day pre-K after he leaves office

    CHICAGO — A day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he will not seek re-election, there are questions about the future of several programs and projects important to him. The mayor traveled to Brownell Elementary School, 6741 S. Michigan, to check on one of his top educational priorities. He was talking up universal pre-K which accommodates 3,700 students. The mayor wants the plan up and running for all 4-year-olds by 2021, but by then he won’t be in office. The mayor says […]

  • 7 injured after car flies off Lake Shore Drive overpass

    CHICAGO — Seven people are injured after a car apparently careened off Lake Shore Drive and onto a construction site below. It happened just after 2 a.m. Tuesday at Lasalle and Lake Shore Drive. Police say the driver was speeding down Lake Shore Drive just before the crash. A witness says he thinks the car was trying to avoid a sanitation worker who was on the overpass. The car plunged off the overpass and onto an embankment below ending up […]

  • Dozen arrested, cited and released after anti-violence protest near O’Hare

    CHICAGO — Police arrested a dozen participants of an anti-violence protest on Labor Day that tried and ultimately failed to shut down an expressway that leads to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Live TV reports Monday showed Illinois State Police troopers also arresting the main organizer of the protest, the Rev. Gregory Livingston, who had vowed days earlier to temporarily stop the traffic flow on Interstate 90, also known as the Kennedy Expressway. Dozens of troopers blocked a ramp onto the […]