Kaley O Kelley Biography
Kaley O Kelley started working as a morning anchor, weather presenter and investigative reporter for KYMA-TV for 1 year, After graduation. In 2003, she joined KNXV-TV in Phoenix as a weather reporter and TV Host for 6 years. While she was there, she was a fill-in weather reporter for ABC News’ Good Morning America Weekend Edition.
Kaley O’kelley Salary / Net Worth
After graduation, Kaley started work as a morning anchor, weather presenter and investigative reporter for KYMA-TV for 1 year. She then transferred to KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara for a similar role for 3 years. While she was there she often car-pooled to her workplace with TV anchor, Tess Rafols. She was then employed by XETV-Fox San Diego for 5 months as a general assignment reporter and weekend freelancer.
In 2003, she joined KNXV-TV in Phoenix as a weather reporter and TV Host for 6 years. While she was there, she was a fill-in weather reporter for ABC News’ Good Morning America Weekend Edition. Kaley then joined the Belo Corporation in September 2009 & the CBS 11 team in Jan 2015. In early 2018, she announced an extended medical leave from the station.
Kaley O’kelley Age
No clear information on her date of birth to be updated soon.
Kaley O’kelley Family / Education
Kaley is originally from East Wenatchee, Washington. she was a shy tomboy in who played for her school softball team, during her high school years. She later graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications with Business Emphasis in 1999.
Kaley O’kelley Husband
Kaley married her husband Paul on September 10, 2010, at the rooftop of the Penthouse suite in Sorrento Hotel, Seattle. The pair first met at Olive & Ivy in Scottsdale. Their original plan was to tie the knot in Sorrento, Italy, but logistics and other issues kept on pushing the plan back. They settled on the Sorrento Hotel after discovering it by accident. Their wedding was attended by a small group of 18 consisting of family and close friends.
Kaley O’kelley News Anchor
Kaley O’Kelley is an Emmy-Award winning news anchor, reporter & host who has worked for a number of news networks in the past. She has anchored the breakfast show Good Morning Arizona and the local news on CBS 11, KTVT and done much more in her long career.
Kaley O Kelley CBS 11
Kaley O’Kelley, who left KTVT/Channel 11 in May after more than three years with the station, has landed a new TV gig — and she’s returning to Arizona to do it. Beginning Aug. 13, O’Kelley will be the co-anchor of “ABC15 Mornings” on Phoenix’s KNXV/Channel 15, which reported her to return to the Phoenix market this week, calling her “one of Arizona’s most familiar faces.”
O’Kelley, who had co-anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on CBS 11, left the station after the May 23 late newscast. In January, she began a medical leave that had her off the air for several weeks after doctors ordered her to have a hysterectomy and partial ovariectomy. She has previously had a cancer scare in late 2015 when doctors found a cancerous ovarian cyst and removed one ovary and both fallopian tubes.
Kaley O’kelley Channel 15 News
According to the ABC15 post, O’Kelley got her start on ABC15 Arizona back in 2003, becoming one of the area’s most popular anchors over her 12 years in the Phoenix market before making her move to Texas. “Arizona is home, and I couldn’t be more excited to return to the Valley,” O’Kelley says in the ABC15 post. “I can’t wait to reconnect with so many people around this state that have welcomed me into their homes over the years.” At this writing, CBS 11 has not announced a replacement for O’Kelley.
Kaley O’kelley tells us why she’s returning to ABC15
After spending three years working in Texas, news anchor Kaley O’Kelley will return home to Phoenix to helm the morning show on ABC15. For O’Kelley, “home” is the most important word in that sentence. “It’s home, even though I didn’t grow up there,” says O’Kelley, who starts on Monday, Aug. 13. “Once you have Arizona in you, it’s in you. It’s like once you’re a Cardinals fan, that’s it: You’re a Cardinals fan for life.
O’Kelley’s first job out of college was in Yuma. She later left for a gig in California, then returned for a six-year run at ABC15 (KNXV), followed by another five years at 3TV (KTVK). During that time, her parents relocated to the Valley, strengthening the home ties.
When she left for a job with KTVT, the CBS affiliate in Dallas, “It wasn’t that I expected the grass to be greener,” she says. “I just honestly never expected to get a job offer like the one I got. It felt like it would be a really good fit.” At Channel 3, she really made her mark hosting “Good Morning Arizona.” In Texas, however, she was hosting nightly broadcasts. She discovered that’s not an easy fit when you have two young children.
“I would be driving to work at 2:30 and would literally pass them as they were getting out of school,” she says. “My babysitter could look at me and see my sadness. I’d be home at midnight, then I’d be up before dawn so I could see the kids.” While she was in Texas, she had a cancer scare and had to take a medical leave after she underwent a full hysterectomy. During that time, “I just wanted to be home in Phoenix, with my family, my closest friends, my people.”
Kaley O’kelley Leave
Kaley O’Kelley, co-anchor of CBS11’s weeknight newscasts since January 2015, announced Thursday that she’s leaving the D-FW station to pursue a “better work/life balance. She announced her decision to the newsroom and on her Facebook page, where O’Kelley said her last day at CBS11 will be May 23rd.
“I write this with a heavy heart and a huge sense of gratitude for my experience with CBS DFW,” O’Kelley wrote. “Turning down an amazing opportunity to continue on as the main anchor in a city we love is no easy choice.”O’Kelley, who joined CBS11 from Phoenix’s KTVK-TV, stressed that she is “definitely NOT leaving my career forever. Instead, I’m giving myself some time to focus on my family and other interests . . . I look forward to other opportunities later, but for now, I will focus on slowing life down.”
She elaborated in later comments to unclebarky.com.
“My decision isn’t only about ‘going home to spend time with my kids,’ “ O’Kelley said. “I enjoy working. But being away from my family at night doesn’t allow me to be the kind of mom I want to be. I am grateful to CBS11 for the opportunity to anchor their prime-time newscasts and their generous offer to stay on the nightside shift. Being a weekend mom, though, isn’t enough for me and I’m positive there IS an opportunity that offers a better-fitting schedule for my family.”
In January of this year, O’Kelley took an extended leave of absence to undergo a hysterectomy. Late last year, she was hit with “excruciating pain just before the holidays,” O’Kelley said in a Facebook chat with co-anchor Doug Dunbar. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based doctor who delivered both of her children recommended the surgery after expressing “some serious concerns about what is happening,” O’Kelley said. She returned to the air in March after missing the annual four-week February “sweeps” rating period.
CBS11’s Gilma Avalos filled in for O’Kelley during that period. The station’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, told unclebarky.com Thursday that CBS11 has “nothing to announce on that at this point” regarding an interim or permanent successor to O’Kelley. The ongoing May sweeps rating period ends on May 23rd, which not coincidentally is the day that O’Kelley also is scheduled to say her goodbyes.
Kaley O’kelley Phoenix
“Arizona is home, and I couldn’t be more excited to return to the Valley,” O’Kelley said in a press release. “I can’t wait to reconnect with so many people around this state that have welcomed me into their homes over the years.” She sent 6 years at the station. She moved to Channel 3 (KTVK) in 2009, then went to Dallas in 2015 to work at the CBS affiliate.
“Arizona is home, and I couldn’t be more excited to return to the Valley,” O’Kelley said in a press release. “I can’t wait to reconnect with so many people around this state that have welcomed me into their homes over the years.”
Kaley O’kelley set for her return to ABC15
After leaving the Valley almost four years ago, Kaley O’Kelley will return to ABC15 Arizona, where she previously worked on its weather team and as co-anchor from 2003 to 2009. “This is home,” she told the Phoenix Business Journal. “I missed Arizona every single day. When a place is in your bones or when the dust in Arizona is in you, it’s in you.”
Though O’Kelley grew up in Washington, she landed a job following college at Yuma’s KYMA, an NBC affiliate where she won an Associated Press award for investigative journalism. She then worked at stations in California before returning to Arizona a second time with ABC15. Following her stint at ABC15, O’Kelley spent four years at KTVK 3TV in Phoenix before leaving the Valley.
O’Kelley said she never thought she would leave Arizona. Her family moved from Washington to be close to her and her children. However, she ended up moving to a station in Dallas — her husband’s hometown — where she most recently worked as an evening anchor at KTVT, a CBS affiliate.
O’Kelley said the Dallas opportunity was good, but she wanted to go back to working mornings so she could spend more time with her children. “Ultimately, it’s not the paycheck that matters,” O’Kelley said. “It’s the support that matters and that you feel at home. The money will come and go.”
O’Kelley will start with ABC15 on Aug. 13 as a co-anchor from 4:30 to 7 a.m. Until then, she said she is keeping her promise to her two young children by dedicating the summer to them and spending time with her father. “We’re simple folk,” she said. “And I’ve missed that. We’re all just connecting as a family again.”
ABC15 in an announcement described the six-time Emmy Award-winning journalist O’Kelley as “one of Arizona’s most familiar faces,” a description she said that gave her chills. “I think I always knew in my heart Kaley would come back to the Valley,” said ABC15 News Anchor Katie Raml. “She loves Arizona, connects deeply with our viewers and maintains solid roots here. We’re delighted to have her back. I know she always has considered this home.”
Being a news anchor isn’t O’Kelley’s only work. Two years ago started a side business involving interactive experiences with live streaming content that will be built into pre-existing apps. She said it’s fun to dabble in something that is progressing, and ABC15 is supportive of her side gig.