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Kelly Werthmann absolutely loves living and working in Denver! When she’s not anchoring the CBS4 Morning News over the weekend or reporting on a wide variety of issues, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors in colorful Colorado and meeting friendly faces along the way.
Kelly joined the CBS4 News team in 2012 as a reporter for CBS4 This Morning. 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.
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 where Kelly reported live for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. During the deadly floods in September 2013, Kelly and photographer Eddie Castro were the first journalists on the scene of a dramatic water rescue 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, providing reports for the CBS4 News at 10. A little more than two years later, she landed her dream job as an anchor, earning a seat at the CBS4 This Morning desk on the weekends. Kelly is also part of the CBS4 Sports team, filling in on the desk when needed and serves as a sports reporter. Most recently, she joined anchor Mark Haas for CBS4’s special coverage of Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco and Santa Clara.
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 in 2007 and quickly moved to KXRM-TV in Colorado Springs before making the jump to Denver.
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 get to learn something new every day 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: 2 dogs – 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, or any food for that matter
What keeps you in Colorado: Unbeatable views, my family, the kind people who share a passion for the outdoors, Broncos football … what’s not to love?!
One word to describe CBS4: Dedicated