Kelly Wiley is KXAN’s newest investigative reporter. Kelly joined the team in July 2021 after two years as an investigative reporter in Jacksonville, Florida. In Florida, her investigation into a local diocese decision to bring on a priest previously accused in a Pennsylvania grand jury report of failing to report sexual abuse in the church earned her an Emmy award.
In Florida, Kelly’s series of reports on that same diocese led to a state investigation into the church’s handling of a sexual abuse allegation. Her reporting on the state’s distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to senior communities missing low-income senior properties led to a grassroots effort to provide doses to the different housing authority apartments across Jacksonville.
Kelly began her career in journalism in Augusta, GA where she spent four years as an investigative reporter and anchor. Her reporting there uncovered a school district breaking its own rules to hire bus drivers with poor driving records and found polling places in Georgia’s second largest city without proper access for people with disabilities. Her series ‘Invisible Barriers” further explored crumbling and missing sidewalks throughout downtown Augusta making it difficult for people with disabilities to get around. Her reporting there earned her two Georgia Associated Press Awards for specialized reporting and series reporting.
Kelly is originally from Columbia, SC. She is the daughter and sister of three educators. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. It makes her the second Gamecock to join the KXAN investigates team.
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