David Kelly

David Kelly


David Kelly is an award-winning reporter and play-by-play announcer who joined the Tucson News Now team in July 2011.

He came to Tucson in 2008 to accept a Corporate Partnership Sales/Broadcast position for IMG College in the University of Arizona Athletic Department. While there he served as the anchor for the Arizona Wildcats Radio Network during football and men's basketball broadcasts as well as working in a play-by-play capacity on UA softball and baseball games. David was also seen as a reporter on the department's in-house produced television sports magazine show "Bear Down Insider."

Before that David spent three seasons as a radio and TV play-by-play broadcaster with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League. David has an extensive broadcast background in professional baseball having called games at all three levels of the Minor Leagues. Before Memphis, he spent four years as an anchor, reporter, and talk show host at WTAM-1100 in his hometown, Cleveland. His primary duty was coverage of the NFL's Cleveland Browns but his most enjoyable work was hosting the station's Cleveland Indians post-game baseball talk show, "Extra Innings."

David's first television experience came in 2003 when he appeared on local Sunday Night Sports Shows in Cleveland as a Browns Insider. He was hired before the 2004 season by Raycom's WOIO to report on select Browns road games. David's game-day routine included doing live shots for the station's Sunday morning news block, appearing on Channel 19's pre-game show, "Tailgate 19," doing locker-room interviews for the station's post-game report, "The 5th Quarter," and a game wrap-up for WOIO's late newscasts.

He also spent several weekends as a fill-in weekend sports anchor for the station in early 2005 before moving to Memphis to continue following his baseball dreams.

Kelly comes from a professional sports family. His father, Leroy, a running back for the Browns, is in the NFL Hall of Fame. His late uncle Pat played 15 Major League seasons with five American League teams. His mother, Jacqueline is a former TV news anchor.

David is no stranger to the Pac-12. He spent time growing up in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the University of Southern California and an alumnus of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

David is married to the former Cathleen Kuchta of Wickliffe, Ohio.

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Recent Articles by David

  O’Toole and McQuillin headed to the Olympics

One dead in Cochise County crash

Morning duplex fire leaves two people homeless

  High School Football: Week 2

Scooter ride-share to begin in September

KELLY: What happens when Arizona Football scores four runs or more?

Wildcats to miss Mexican Baseball Fiesta

Take 2: After rainout Arizona Soccer heads to Tempe for Cactus Classic

  Wildcat Breakdown: Hawai’i

Scooby heading to the champs

Arizona Postgame Download

  Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation kicks off 50th season

  The Ridge picks apart The View

  Prep football is here

  Zona’s defense needs to arrive soon

  Mother Nature wins 2-0 on Opening Night

  Southern Arizona prep stars ready to make their Wildcat statement

Roadrunners ink forward Jon Martin

  Calderon and Scott sock it outta the park

  Late foul leaves FC Tucson with a frustrating draw

  CDO’s Rocker will miss prep opener

  End of the road

Marks resigns from Nighthawks hoops and track

Southern Arizona Little Leaguers to slug it out in Williamsport after all

  KELLY: Can Tate finish the deal?

  Tucson Irish win Under Armour national title

  Maui says Aloha to Sunnyside

  CDO’s Stepter wins Pan-Am Games gold medal

Cats are golden at Pan-Am games

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