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

USDA predicts big jump in corn, soybean acreage for Minnesota

  Explore River Valley Waterfalls from home

  Officials warn of risks when disposing of used fireworks after garage fire in Mankato

  United Hospital District sells former building

  Plaques placed In front of historic homes in North Mankato

  Staying safe while swimming this summer

Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic, Mankato Clinic team up at Lake Crystal Clinic

Minnesota health officials support statewide mask requirement; state sees slight increase in cases

  Star Light Early Learning Center adapts to meet demand

  Health officials monitoring outbreak at Seneca Foods

Sibley County Sheriff’s Office investigate recent fire as possible arson

Watonwan County offers free testing amid increase in COVID-19 cases

  Le Seuer Country Club prepares for Fourth of July event after recent rainfall

  Get Mankato PPE produces thousands of masks for local healthcare workers

Organizers consider modified format for Songs on the Lawn

South Central College campuses designated as Hunger Free

More than 30,000 Minnesotans recover from COVID-19

  House of Hope to resume services soon

Minnesota surpasses 1,400 deaths tied to COVID-19; Blue Earth County reports jump in cases

  Renville County calls for foster parents as the need continues to rise

Pickleball, tennis courts opening today

New law focuses on vaping, mental health

Mankato man arrested after high speed chase on motorcycle

One woman airlifted following two-vehicle accident in Faribault County

Nicollet Count Sherriff’s office search for missing teen last seen in Mankato

  Health experts offer fire safety tips ahead of Fourth of July

  Local officials break ground for water treatment facility in Waldorf City

Minnesota DNR shortens window to reserve campsites and lodging

Free food distribution available in Sleepy Eye for families in need

Small businesses can apply for grant funding