• Kelly O’Donnell is an American journalist.
• She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 17 May 1965 of Irish descent.
• She has worked for NBC News, WJW TV, and The Associated Press.
• She is married to photographer John David Ake.
• She has won multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award and a National Headliner Award.
Who is Kelly O’Donnell?
Kelly O’Donnell was born in Cleveland, Ohio USA on 17 May 1965, so under the zodiac sign of Taurus and holding American nationality. She is famous for her career of a journalist, gaining particular recognition while working for NBC News.
Early life and education
Kelly’s grandparents from both her father’s and mother’s side are from Ireland, so there’s no doubt that she’s of Irish descent. Kelly doesn’t really talk a lot about her parents, but it is known that her father is Josh O’Donnell who is a businessman and owned his own company, and that her mother is Kristien O’Donnell who was a professional dancer – she made Kelly take dancing classes, although Kelly admits that it was never her thing. Kelly has an older sister named Jenny who is a journalist as well. After she matriculated from high school, Kelly went on to attend Northwestern University, and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Science in Education, while she tried to keep her focus on journalism and public policy. She was one of the best students of her class, and won the Alumnae of Northwestern University’s Award late in 2014.
One of her first notable jobs was in 1990 for WJW TV in Ohio, where she worked as a reporter and an anchor – WJW was still a CBS station back then, and Kelly worked with Martin Savidge who was a reporter for NBC. She was a regular on “The Chris Matthews Show” before the show was canceled, and also appeared on “Weekend Today” as a news anchor, while serving as a substitute host too, and helped the “Dateline NBC” magazine with articles. Some say that her biggest achievement in her work was when she was made a correspondent for NBC News at the White House – at that time it was George W. Bush’s second term, then after the 2008 elections, Kelly became the Capitol Hill correspondent.
Kelly didn’t only stay in US during her work – she went to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, reporting from Baghdad and Qatar as well. Some of the other events on which Kelly reported include the 9/11 attacks, the disaster of space shuttle Columbia, the bombing of Oklahoma City, and the O.J. Simpson trial. She was the one to report Pope John Paul II’s death, while she also went to both summer and winter Olympic Games to report for NBC – she’s visited all 50 states, and all countries in both South and North America.
Kelly also appeared in the “House of Cards” TV series back in 2013.
Although Kelly tried her best to keep her private life away from the public, she couldn’t hide the fact that she married John David Ake, who is a professional photographer. The couple has been married for more than 10 years now, they don’t have any but are apparently enjoying their life together.
John David Ake
John is a professional photographer who worked as an Assistant Chief of Bureau for Photos at The Associated Press. He was born in the US and fell in love with photography while he was still a kid, and kept saying to people that some day he would be a successful photographer. He started his career of a photographer after he graduated from college, working for Associated Press and then Reuters, France Press, and the United Press International offices in cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.
John did very well during his career and won The National Press Photographers Association Award and The White House News Photographers Association Award.
Appearance and net worth
Kelly is currently 53 years old, has medium-long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, weighs around 160lbs (72kgs), and her vital statistics are 39-28-38. She wears shoes size eight and dress size 12.
According to authoritative sources, Kelly’s net worth is estimated to be over $8 million, while her annual salary is reputed to be around $200,000.
Social media presence
Kelly is very active on her social media accounts, especially on Twitter which she launched in December 2010, and has so far gathered more than 200,000 followers and tweeted around 23,500 times. Kelly’s Instagram account is followed by over 6,000 people while she’s posted nearly 1,000 times.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) March 24, 2019
Awards and honors
Kelly has did very well during her career and won numerous awards and honors – she is a member of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame since 2011, and also a member of the Ohio Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame since 2004 while she holds awards such as an Emmy award, a National Headliner award, a New Hampshire Primary Award for Political Reporting, and Los Angeles Press Club awards.
‘Immense gratitude. Lucky to have seen and known such remarkable men of service. Great American lives. Rest well, your examples endure.’ – Kelly saying goodbye to George H. W. Bush.