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Tune into almost any CBS4 newscast and you’re bound to see Kelly Werthmann. Whether she’s out reporting on breaking news, filling in on the anchor desk or helping the CBS4 Sports team, Kelly is practically everywhere.
Kelly joined the CBS4 News team in 2012 as a reporter for CBS4 Morning News. Her first week on the job was spent covering the devastating High Park Fire in Fort Collins. Not long after, Kelly was in Colorado Springs providing up to the minute updates on the Waldo Canyon Fire burning not only in her hometown, but in the neighborhood where she grew up.
“It is one of the more terrifying yet inspiring stories I’ve covered,” Kelly said. “It was terrifying because I was among those evacuating my childhood neighborhood as flames raced down the mountain, yet inspiring because of the community’s resilience. So many people, including my friends, lost everything, but everyone came together to rebuild and do whatever they could to help one another.”
Just a few weeks later, Kelly was the first CBS4 reporter on the scene of the Aurora theater shooting and delivered hours of continuous reporting about the horrifying moments that day, including live interviews with survivors, victims’ family members and law enforcement. Her reporting that early morning and the long hours that followed earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Spot News coverage.
The year and a half that Kelly served as reporter for the CBS4 Morning News was more often than not spent covering devastation and heartbreak. Her coverage of the Black Forest Fire gained national attention on the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. She also provided live reports on the Colorado Floods for CBS This Morning. In fact, Kelly and photographer Eddie Castro were the first journalists on the scene of a dramatic water rescue during the recent floods and their report was carried live on CNN as well as affiliates around the world.
Beginning in December 2013, Kelly traded early mornings for late nights and provides reports for the CBS4 evening newscasts. She is also part of the CBS4 Sports team, filling in for Vic and Mark when they’re out on the road.
“I certainly can’t fill their shoes,” Kelly said, “but I enjoy the opportunity and challenges that come with being in the CBS4 Sports anchor chair. I’m learning from the best. Nobody knows Colorado sports better than Vic and I’m honored to be a part of the team.”
Though Kelly was born in Montana, the Air Academy High School grad and so-called “Army Brat” spent most of her young life in Colorado Springs so she considers Colorado home. Kelly began her college studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder before earning a degree in Media Communication from Montana State University. Her career in broadcast journalism started at KTVQ-TV in Billings, Montana and quickly moved to KXRM-TV in Colorado Springs before making the jump to Denver.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, hiking and playing any sport outside, especially volleyball. She was raised a Redskins and Orioles fan, but is a die-hard Broncos and Rockies fan at heart.
Just The Facts
Year hired: 2012
Dream job: CBS4 News Anchor
First story: Winter Carnival in Red Lodge, MT
Why I’m a journalist: I learn something new everyday and meet new people with an interesting story to tell.
Favorite food: My grandma’s pumpkin pie
Number of siblings: Five – 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a step-sister named Kelly
Pets: Penny & Sheldon (Can you tell I’m a fan of CBS’ hit TV show “The Big Bang Theory”?!)
Favorite word: Passion
Least favorite word: Brewery — I love ’em, but have the hardest time pronouncing the word!
Favorite noise: My little siblings’ laughter
Least favorite noise: People smacking their gum
What keeps you in Colorado: Unbeatable views, my family, the kind people who share a passion for the outdoors … here’s so much here!
One word to describe CBS4: Dedicated