Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.
Kelly's first full time broadcast job was with WAVY/ 99.5 FM. The New Bern start-up station, with an adult contemporary/jazz format, was a great training ground. Working six days a week on six-and-a-half-hour on-air shifts, Kelly was soon quite comfortable behind the microphone. She also served as public service director and assistant music director.
After a couple of years with WAVY Kelly went on to WSFL 106.5 FM where she eventually took a role as morning show host, producer, and news director for the active rock station.
After many years with WSFL, Kelly moved to Florence, SC, to take a position with Cumulus Broadcasting. Her time away from eastern North Carolina was brief as she discovered after 10 years in commercial radio that she had become disillusioned with the numerous staff, ownership and format changes in mainstream radio. After a year long vacation from radio, Kelly found her way to Public Radio East.
In addition to being the Program Director, Kelly plays a pivotal role as Morning Edition's local host. As you listen to Kelly delivering ENC's most in-depth newscasts, it appears that she's made the transition from rock and roll to public radio flawlessly. She says, "I'm certainly enjoying the interaction with our listeners. And I'm very proud to be associated with reliable, intelligent, and informative radio that fulfills its mission of connecting eastern North Carolina to the world".