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

  Soybean harvest begins in Minnesota

  Minnesota State University awarded grant to help those with Parkinson’s

  Mall of America giving back to struggling businesses

  More schools changing learning models

  Arson suspect arrested following house fire

  Blue Earth Area School District asks voters to support operating levy

  Off highway vehicle fatalities on the rise

  COVID-19 testing event to be held in Waseca

  Extra seatbelt enforcement begins with Click It or Ticket campaign

Mayo Clinic launches online COVID tracking tool

  MSU Mankato reports decline in COVID-19 cases

  Minnesota’s unemployment continues to decline

Attempted child luring incident reported in Blue Earth County

  Le Sueur Henderson School District to get ionization technology

  Back in the classroom for all Blue Earth Area students

  Greater Mankato Growth hosts candidate forums

  Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office reaches out to community in reaction to civil unrest

  City council approves purchase of riot gear

  RubyRide prepares to restart services

  MDH: five additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 432 new confirmed positive cases

  Police chief sounds alarm on drug overdoses, promotes Steve’s Law

  Woman charged with assault following Trump rally

MDA: scout for Palmer amaranth

  Getting ready for human foosball

  Wecovery opens men’s transitional house

  Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund celebrates successful fundraising drive

  Protecting yourself from hackers

Madelia Community Clinic to allow consistent visitor for patients

  Compliance complaint prompts closure of Jackson coffee shop

  Pandemic sparks creativity for local business