Kelsey Nicole Nelson is a leading broadcast journalist, public relations/marketing specialist and event host. As a freelance sports reporter/anchor Kelsey has covered some of the top sporting events on a local, state and national level professionally for four years. Even at a young age, Kelsey continues to grow her brand as a journalist and has become a well-known personality in the area. Kelsey is a 2014 graduate of the Philip H. Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park. During her undergraduate career, she received her Certificate in African-American Studies and her Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. In August 2016, Kelsey received her MPS degree in Sports Industry Management (SIM), with a concentration in Strategic Marketing, Communications & Digital Media from Georgetown University.
Before attending college, Kelsey was a standout student at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Md. Kelsey was born and raised in Montgomery County, Md. She is a proud DMV native.
Growing up, Kelsey was always strong in academics, earning academic scholarships to attend college and spent a great deal of time participating in community service and in athletics. Currently, Kelsey works as a freelance sports reporter, where she has become a fixture in the Washington, D.C. sports scene. She is commonly seen and heard on Fox Sports Radio 1340 AM/96.9 FM where she hosts her own radio show, “Listen In With KNN.” This is the station's flagship show! For Fox Sports Radio, Kelsey covers all the professional teams throughout the Greater Washington Area including the Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Orioles, Maryland Terrapins, Georgetown Hoyas and more. This year, Kelsey was awarded by the Next Generation Entertainment Awards as the “Best On-Air Personality” for her work with her show. Her radio work doesn’t end there as she also works as a Co-Host for “Inside the MFL,” on DC Radio.
In addition to these responsibilities, Kelsey is a sideline reporter for the Big East Digital Network (BEDN) covering Georgetown University's women’s basketball team during the season. Kelsey also works as a sports host/correspondent for the DKN Sports Network apart from the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. Kelsey also writes for Black Sports Online (BSO) and works as a reporter for Jeff Power TV productions. Kelsey has appeared on WHUR, 106.7 “The Fan,” other Radio One shows, “The Tony Perkins Show”, “The Butch McAdams Show”, “America Speaks,” "The Marketing Pulpit,” “The Wil Walker Show,” and other top shows across the country. Kelsey was recently featured in "The Legends of Texas Football" documentary that aired on Fox Sports Southwest. She also, is a common fixture as a host and analyst on “The Roundball Report” and “The Sideline Report” on Prince Georges Community Television (PGCTV). Kelsey has also covered premier sporting events such as the NBA Finals, the Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament and Championship ceremonies at the White House honoring winning sports teams.
Kelsey has been invited to numerous events to announce games. One of the highlights of her announcing career came when she served as guest announcer for the 2017 Citi Open. When Kelsey is not reporting, Kelsey also speaks to youth about the importance of education through her community action project, "Books Breaking Borders: Books to End Educational Bankruptcy," where her aim is eliminating illiteracy and the achievement gap in minority communities. For her work, Kelsey has received many leadership and community awards as well as citations. In 2016, Kelsey was awarded as the 2016 Phenomenal Woman of the Year from “Be There Magazine," and in 2017 she was an honoree for the WKYS “Top 30 Under 30” 2017 class, for being a top sports reporter and advancing women and minorities in sports. Kelsey also recently completed her reign as Ms. African-American United 2016, where her platform was improving the public education system, ending bullying and highlighter her “All Women Are Beautiful” campaign to improve self-esteem in young girls. Before her national reign, Kelsey was previously Ms. Maryland African-American United and Miss Teen Maryland African-American United. Today, Kelsey hosts many events and serves as a motivational speaker.
Kelsey also currently works as a volunteer for Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts as well as many other nonprofit organizations. Kelsey also sits on the board for the most Valuable Kids nonprofit organization. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys traveling, writing poetry and performing spoken word, spending time with family and giving back to the community.