Kelley Mitchell

Afternoon anchor

Kelley Mitchell is an Oklahoma City native and a McMahon Journalism Scholar at the University of Oklahoma.

She has previously worked at The Edmond Evening Sun in Edmond, OK. 

Kelley has spent most of her career in radio and television, previously at WKY radio, KOCO-TV (ABC) in Oklahoma City, OK, WJBK-TV (CBS) in Detroit, MI and WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh.

Kelley moved to South Florida in 1991 and has been an anchor and reporter for WSVN-TV (FOX) and WPLG-TV (ABC). She joined WLRN-Miami Herald News in June 2011.


Year In Review
12:22 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Listen: 2014, The Weird, Weird News Year

Were You A Fan Of The Fan?
Credit CBS4

What possibly could a Vornado portable fan, a gerbil bubble of sorts, a venison Thanksgiving dinner and a career-ending DJ party at a school gym have in common?

Why, they are all part of the news stories of 2014 that made our WLRN staff sit down (not up) and take notice.

Please enjoy our take on the News Of The Weird. And rest easy on this cusp of 2015 -- we're always watching for more.

I f there's one thing that might be certain -- there most likely will be more.

Happy News Year!

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Borscht Film Festival
1:16 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Exclusive Borscht Premiere: "Waiting For Berta"

Magali Biox, lead actress in "Waiting for Berta" by Laimir Fano.
Credit Borscht Film Festival / Courtesy

If your feet still haven't recovered from all that walking during Art Basel and Miami Art Week, we have the perfect suggestion for you: sit down, relax and enjoy a film.

And you don't even need to wait until the Borscht Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 17 to do that. For the first time at WLRN, we're premiering a movie right here on our website.

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Missing Link?
12:48 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hear Why Investigators Think They Found Part Of Amelia Earhart's Plane

Credit Miami Herald

  Have you ever wondered why there is an Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah near Opa-locka Executive Airport?

The missing pilot's last stop in the continental United States was in Miami in 1937 -- months before she vanished on her around-the-world flight attempt. What happened to her, where it happened and why has been one of aviation's more widely speculated-upon mysteries.

Now, a piece of metal -- likely attached as a repair before Earhart took off -- may have been identified in a Miami Herald photograph taken the day she disappeared.

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11:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Canine Cancer: When A Dog Receives Chemotherapy

Pembroke Welsh Corgis Felix and Oscar get some love at the vet.
Credit Kelley Mitchell

Editor's note: This post follows WLRN's Kelley Mitchell's experience of taking her dog to the animal oncologist. Read the first post, When Cancer Comes Calling: The Canine Kind.

Oscar, my 9-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, loves to go to the vet. His Corgi brother Felix not so much.

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3:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

When Cancer Comes Calling: The Canine Kind

Oscar, Kelley Mitchell's Pembroke Welsh Corgi, waits for his first visit with the oncologist as his "brother," Felix, stands guard.
Credit Kelley Mitchell

I'm not sure I really "battled" breast cancer back in 2002, as much as it battled me. But after a year of two chemotherapies, radiation and surgery, cancer and I agreed to a draw. We went back to our respective corners, both tired of this fight.

You always wonder when cancer will come back. And for me, so far -- and knock on wood or formica or perhaps a granite kitchen countertop -- it hasn't.

Yet, in a way I never expected, it has.

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12:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Latin Music Fest Spans Generations

Toto Gonzalez, a.k.a. Mr. Pauer.

When music crosses generations, then you know it’s a serious sound.

That’s what’s fueling the first-ever Siempre Fresco music series, taking place Oct. 16 to 18 at various venues in Miami.

Up for your consideration and produced in cooperation with Miami-Dade College are three events showcasing how Latin music has evolved over three generations. From salsa legends like Larry Harlow to “nu-Latin” DJ’s and music producers like Mr. Pauer (Toto Gonzalez.)

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6:01 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Look Up! It's Turkey Vulture Time In South Florida

A turkey vulture soars into South Florida.
Credit Shawn Carey / Courtesy of Keith Bildstein

We may not get the brilliant reds and yellows of leaves changing to signal a switch of season in South Florida, but there is, without question, a definite visual cue that autumn has arrived in the lowest of the lower 48.

All you have to do is look up.

In the air, circling and gliding, dipping and soaring, hopping on a thermal current for a rollercoaster ride, are the turkey vultures.

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3:20 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Reporting On Duvalier: Diary Of A Dictator

Wedding day in Haiti for former President Jean-Claude Duvalier and Michele Bennett, May 27th, 1980.
Credit Miami Herald

There can come a time when reporters and photographers spend so much of their working lives immersed in covering one issue, one person or one country, that their relationship with the subject being covered becomes almost symbiotic.

Think of it as a detective who must know his or her suspect’s every thought and every move.

Where will they be today? What will they say today? Perhaps, more importantly, what can be confirmed today -- and what is the real reason behind the latest action?

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Health Care
5:18 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

An FIU Doctor's Experience With The Ebola Outbreak

Dr. Aileen Marty
Credit FIU Wertheim College of Medicine

It wasn’t Dr. Aileen Marty’s first trip to West Africa and it likely won’t be her last.

The Florida International University professor of infectious disease is on the World Health Organization’s go-to list to head anywhere, anytime whenever an illness becomes an epidemic threat.

The disease this time? The Ebola virus.

The place? Nigeria.

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Crockett And Tubbs
9:49 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

How Miami Vice Made Miami Nice

Miami Herald features writer Howard Cohen played a so-called "Druggie Doctor" in an episode named "Trust Fund Pirates" that aired during the second season of Miami Vice. That's Cohen in his blue scrubs, slumped over at the top of the steps.
Credit NBC Universal

It was a magical mix of mood and music. But when it all came together back in 1984, there were legitimate concerns that an edgy, sexy television show called "Miami Vice" would torpedo the city's already questionable image.

After all, episode after episode portrayed  Miami as a den of gun-toting drug dealers who truly were typical of that decade.

What could go right?


Instead of being repelled, viewers were drawn from around the country and the world to visit places that hadn't yet become quite so glamorous.

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José Diaz-Balart
7:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Telemundo News Anchor José Diaz-Balart Gets A New Show On MSNBC

South Florida media fixture José Diaz-Balart reports in two languages.
Credit José Diaz-Balart

José Diaz-Balart says he doesn’t think of his new daily English-language show on MSNBC as South Florida being ready for the national spotlight – he thinks of it more as the nation is now ready for South Florida.

Diaz-Balart is a long-time veteran of both English and Spanish-language TV and radio – both local and international. He is currently the anchor of Noticier Telemundo at 6:30 p.m. ET.  

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Killing Machine?
9:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Why The Lionfish Really Is The Terminator

Researchers say the lionfish is a voracious predator -- but also delicious.
Credit Miami Herald

Central Casting could call on Arnold Schwarzenegger should there ever be a movie made titled "The Lionfish."

That's how efficient a predator the invasive creature has become -- now dubbed "The Terminator." The lionfish has made its way here from its native Indo-Pacific waters -- and not by swimming. Most likely they were released from aquariums after consuming their tankmates.

Oregon State University has just finished a study about the red lionfish, which has taken up residence in the warm water reefs around South Florida and the Caribbean.

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Zoo Miami
7:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Zoo Miami Kept Donors Of Millions Secret

Zoo Miami Communications Director and Goodwill Ambassador Ron Magill helps move flamingos.
Credit Miami Herald

Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill is an expert in animal behavior. But it was the behavior of two humans that has had a profound effect on his life.

A husband and wife, seemingly of average means, were drawn to help rebuild the facility after it was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The husband came up to Magill after a speech he gave in Coral Gables about the destruction left by the storm.

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7:07 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

How A South Florida Doctor Is Helping Ebola Victims

Dr. Aileen Marty
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

The World Health Organization has labeled the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa a global health emergency, and it's tapping the leading experts to head there to help.

One of them is Dr. Aileen Marty, professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and it's not the first time she's been called into similar service.

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12:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Mosquitoes In Miami: Is It Safe To Spray?


Miami-Dade's Mosquito Control operation is the oldest in Florida. Operations manager Chalmers Vasquez says it started in 1935.

"There are two reasons that Florida became a state," says Vasquez. "Mosquito control and air conditioning."

The concept of mosquito control is two-fold: Spray to protect from diseases spread by mosquitoes like dengue fever, and now chikungunya, and to make a bug-infested swampland actually livable for people.

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