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
  • Man in Puerto Rican t-shirt video charged with hate crime

    CHICAGO —The man seen in a now-viral video harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican shirt is now charged with a hate crime. The video posted to social media shows 62-year-old Timothy Trybus confronting Mia Irizarry on June 14 as she was setting up a birthday party in a reserved gazebo in Caldwell Woods on the Northwest Side. “You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America. … Are you a citizen? Are you a United States […]

  • Judge now orders Brazilian boys to be reunited with fathers by Thursday

    CHICAGO — The family reunification deadline has come and gone, but two Brazilian boys held in Chicago are still waiting to be reunited with their fathers. This is one of thousands of cases across the country. Today’s hearing was expected to address how the two boys will be reunited with their fathers, since they are still detained. A federal judge ordered the boys be reunited with their fathers within 72 hours on Monday.  But, he has no authority to order the […]

  • Family displaced after massive Back of the Yards fire

    CHICAGO — A massive fire overnight engulfed three structures in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The fire started around 2:30 a.m. Monday at a vacant building in the 5300 block of South Wood. The fire caused the roof to collapse. Firefighters say the reason the fire spread so quickly was they had a hard time tapping into the fire hydrants. Only one of the three homes was occupied with a family of three adults, two kids — ages 14 […]

  • Girl, 5, killed in possible murder-suicide, Chicago police say

    CHICAGO — Police said the deaths of a young girl and a man who were found following an apartment fire in Chicago are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide. The fire was reported about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of South California Avenue near Douglas Park, according to the Chicago Police Department. A 51-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl were found dead. Police believe the deaths could be a “domestic-related murder-suicide,” according to a statement. Neighbors said the […]

  • 4 injured by lightning strikes in Chicago area on 4th of July

    SHERIDAN, Ill. — Four people were injured by lightning strikes while they were watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. The injuries came as severe thunderstorms moved through Illinois on Wednesday night. 18 y/o Sheridan lightning strike victim Dawson Fuller recovering in DeKalb hospital @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/sfcgm0vuMg — Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) July 5, 2018 Dawson Fuller, 18, was at Robertson Field in Sheridan around 7:20 p.m. He was there with his girlfriend. His mother Cindy Fuller was on the way to meet […]

  • Officer shoots, seriously injures teen who approached him with gun, police say

    CHICAGO — Police in Chicago say an officer shot a 17-year-old boy who had approached his patrol car with a gun. The incident happened outside a Family Dollar store around 9:30 p.m. Monday on the 7900 block of South Yates Boulevard in the South Chicago neighborhood. The officer was sitting in his vehicle in the dollar store’s parking lot, when he was approached by a male who pointed a gun at him, according to police spokesman Al Stinites. The officer […]

  • 6 shot, including 3 children, in drive-by shooting on West Side

    CHICAGO — Six people were injured, including three children, in a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s West Side. Police say at least four of the victims were not the intended targets. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday on the 3400 block of West Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Three people in a black sedan pulled up next to 17-year-old boy, 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman on the sidewalk and started shooting. All three people were shot. Three […]

  • Excessive Heat Warning in effect for entire Chicago area until Saturday evening

    CHICAGO — The expected dangerously hot weather in and around Chicago has officials warning people to drink lots of water, avoid going outside for long stretches and find a cool spot to ride out the heat. 9PM: The Sun's down but triple digit heat indices continue in the city. #HeatIsland #ILwx #INwx #MIwx pic.twitter.com/WGNxeWRWyv — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) June 30, 2018 The temperature in Chicago is still near 90 degrees at 9 pm this evening with heat indices between 100 and […]

  • Mother, son separated at border reunited in Chicago after judge’s ruling

    CHICAGO — A Brazilian mother and 9-year-old son separated at the U.S.-Mexico border were reunited Thursday after a federal judge in Chicago ordered the U.S. government to release the child, saying their continued time apart “irreparably harms them both.” Judge Manish Shah mulled his decision for just a few hours before finding that Lidia Karine Souza can have custody of her son, Diogo, who has spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago. Shah ordered that the child be […]

  • Severe storms across Illinois bring flooding, 2 reported tornadoes

    MANHATTAN, Ill. — Authorities say several rounds of Midwest storms brought flooding to northern Indiana and reports of two brief tornadoes. The National Weather Service says heavy rain Tuesday afternoon and evening brought flooding across much of the area along and north of Interstate 88. The weather service says some parts of the area saw 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain. A tornado was reported near the Will County community of Manhattan, causing building damage and […]