Kelsey Barchenger

Kelsey Barchenger

Morning and Midday Anchor | Producer

Kelsey Barchenger started at KEYC on December 31, 2014. She grew up in Elysian, MN, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. Kesley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a minor in English. She did her internships at KEYC, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, and Radio Mankato. She began her career out of college at Waseca County News, where she worked as a Newspaper Reporter. In October of 2016, she was promoted to the Morning and Midday anchor for KEYC.

• Kelsey loves being able to build relationships with people all over southern Minnesota. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to see those same people at the mall or a coffee shop and talk with them.

• She hates the cold and would move to Hawaii in a flash if she didn’t love what she does every single day!

• What's your favorite part of your job?

I love having something different to do every single day.

• What's your dream story?

I’d love to do a story similar to the one the reporter did on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, where I’m reporting on delicious food falling from the sky.

• What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a doctor. That changed when one of my classmates fainted at the doctor’s office.

• What got you interested in the news?

When I was younger, I’d prop my dad’s camera up on our kitchen counter and create my own game shows. My mom was always the lucky contestant and she always went home a winner. I just loved the concept of taking my own ideas and making them into something bigger for everyone to see.

• Have you ever been told that you look like someone famous?

I’ve been called Miranda Lambert a time or two… maybe it’s just the blonde hair?

• If you could spend a week anywhere, where would you go?

I would be gone to Hawaii in a flash. I love the warm weather, beaches, and AMAZING Hula Pie!

• What's your favorite food?

I am in love with every single flavor of ice cream or frozen yogurt.

• What's your favorite sport to watch?

I love watching football! I bet on the Vikes winning the Super Bowl every single year… I lose money every single year.


  • Gustavus Adolphus College

Recent Articles by Kelsey

  South Central College offering J&J vaccines to students and employees

New business challenge seeks to spur economic growth

  Valleyfair opens May 22

  Kickoff to Summer to take place at Minnesota State Fair site

  Brickstone Manor closes in June

  Gov. Walz urges legislature to pass summer learning plan

  Governor Tim Walz expected to announce loosening of COVID-19 restrictions as vaccinations increase

MDH: three additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,105 new cases

  SpringFowardMN now taking donations for local non-profits

  Median net farm income highest since 2012

  Road projects begin Monday

  Officials report vandalism throughout Madison Lake

  Milford man seriously injured in crash

  Women arrested after public disturbance

Second person charged in overdose death

  Outdoor concerts making a comeback at Vetterstone Amphitheater

  Mankato Farmers Market, Hub Food Park open for the season

  Pride Counseling Services offers mental health help for LGBTQ communities

  2021 Freeborn County Fair cancelled

  54 years since severe storm hit southern Minnesota

Free Admission for 5, 6-Year-olds Saturday at Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

  Planning ahead for Mosquito season

North Mankato City clean-up begins

  Minnesota State Fair organizers: Fair will happen, details to come

  Blue Earth County Public Health, Mankato Area Public Schools offer COVID-19 vaccine clinic

  Work begins on Safe Routes to School project

  Drug Take Back Day results are in

  Worker Memorial Day honors fallen workers

Animals return to Sibley Park

  Keeping MN Green: Tree City USA Communities