Kelly Werthmann absolutely loves living and working in Colorado! Though born in Montana, the Air Academy High School grad and so-called “Army Brat” was raised in Colorado Springs and considers Colorado home. Kelly began her college studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder before earning a degree in Media Communication from Montana State University.
Kelly’s broadcast journalism career began at KTVQ, the CBS affiliate in Billings, Montana, while attending college. She spent about five years there serving in a variety of roles including studio camera operator, associate producer, reporter and fill-in anchor. It was the experiences there creating stories about local artists, community events and the latest technology ‘buzz’ that Kelly developed a real passion for news and storytelling.
After working in the Big Sky State, Kelly was called home to Colorado Springs by KXRM, the FOX/CW affiliate for Southern Colorado. She was hired as a general assignment reporter, but often filled in as anchor for the station’s four-hour morning show. Kelly enjoyed covering stories in her hometown, including those that allowed her to explore one of her favorite spots – Garden of the Gods! During her 11-month stint at KXRM, Kelly covered a variety of topics for the city surrounded by military installations, even taking part in Black Hawk pilot training and Air Force deployment drills.
Attention to social media and viewer interaction helped Kelly climb the TV news ladder to Colorado’s News Channel in 2012, and Kelly’s next year-and-a-half was spent working as a reporter for CBS4 This Morning. This period turned out to be a turbulent time in Colorado’s history, with destructive wildfires and floods as well as the tragic mass shooting in Aurora.
In the summer of 2012, Kelly was back home in Colorado Springs bringing live coverage of the Waldo Canyon Fire as it burned not only in her hometown, but the neighborhood where she grew up. Her coverage of the Black Forest Fire the next year also gained national attention, as Kelly reported live for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. During the state’s 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.
In December 2013, Kelly traded early mornings for late nights to join the CBS4 News at 10 team. As part of the late-night crew, Kelly often served as a fill-in anchor for the CBS4 Sports team. She helped cover Super Bowl XVIII in New York and most recently joined anchor Mark Haas for CBS4’s special coverage of Super Bowl 50 in California. That launched Kelly in the CBS4 This Morning weekend anchor chair for a little more than a year and now she is back to reporting for CBS4 News at 10.
When she’s not Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10, Kelly enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, Chris, and their two dogs, Penny & Sheldon.
Just The Facts
Year hired: 2012
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