Kelsey Barchenger

Kelsey Barchenger

Morning/Midday Anchor

Mankato, MN

Kelsey Barchenger started at KEYC News 12 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 News 12, 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 News 12.

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!

Hometown -- Elysian, MN

-- 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 Superbowl every single year… I lose money every single year.


  • Gustavus Adolphus College

Recent Articles by Kelsey

  Bid Kato works to help people buy, sell treasures

  United Way of the Brown County Area launches weekend food program

  City of St. James seeks answers in second case of park vandalism

  Highway 99 detour removed in Cleveland

  Snell hosting teacher appreciation happy hour

  Enrollment open for new public charter school in Waldorf

  Fallenstein Playground celebrates one year in North Mankato

  St. Peter Library works to attract young readers during the school year

  Mankato robbery, assault suspect turns self in

Montgomery Police Department warns residents following crime spree

Bomgaars acquires former Shopko building in Fairmont

  Back to school throwback: A lunch box from the 1980s

  The REACH Drop-In Center offers a safe space for homeless youth

  Starving Artist Under the Bridge: Twin Rivers Council for the Arts Fundraiser Sept. 20

  Planting Grass: when to plant & how to find the perfect one for your home

  Honoring a fallen marine: Caleb Erickson Memorial Day takes place August 24

One arrested, two sought in Montgomery after high speed chase in stolen vehicle

Security checkpoint changes take effect at MSP Airport

  Mankato Police seek help in finding five robbery, assault suspects

  Ways to enjoy the final days of summer with the DNR

  National Thrift Shop Day August 17: how MRCI is celebrating

  A few weeks in: how Minnesota drivers are settling into new laws

  Mankato Moms Blog offers advice for parents on back to school organization, routine for the household

  Courtyard by Marriott Mankato hosting Totally 80’s Prom looks to fill over 2000 seasonal positions

  Rural St. Peter man killed after being trapped inside grain bin

  Openings available in St. Peter, Mankato for MVAC Head Start Program

  Suspects wanted in vehicle tampering incidents in Mankato

  Alleged assault, robbery suspect sought by Mankato Police

  Most of Highway 14, 15 interchange in New Ulm to open Monday