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

  Janesville widow, mother of 5 brews up business dream

  New changes for ACT testing in 2020

Cold, soggy conditions hold farmers back

Hutchinson Police searching for burglary suspect

  Car Roll-in raises $24,000 in honor of Landon Gran

  Teaching the Ojibwe language grounds students in indigenous culture

  Volunteers needed for Mankato Marathon

  Mankato Area Walk for Recovery Sept. 21

  Mankato man sentenced to 7 years for molesting young girls

  Understanding gaming disorder: MSU professor discusses the warning signs, risks

  Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked #1 Best Value Liberal Arts College in Minnesota

  New name announced for Boys & Girls Club of Mankato

  Level three sex offender moves to Olivia

  Upcoming artist workshops with Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council

  All five suspects in August robbery, assault in Mankato identified

  Mending Spirits Animal Rescue seeking foster families

  Body of missing boater in Scott County recovered

  New Ulm hosting Modenschau downtown boutique, pub crawl

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Steele County

Madelia, Le Sueur install prescription drop-off boxes

SERVPRO distributes emergency assistance bags to local fire departments

  Mankato Mindful Triathlon works to exercise body, mind

  Boy injured after being struck by lawn mower in Madelia

  Record number of students served through Friends of Learning Back to School Project

Two Truman men arrested in string of northern Iowa burglaries

  American Red Cross volunteers from Minnesota deployed to help Hurricane Dorian victims

  Getting fit for fall: JP Fitness puts on Fit 60 Challenge

  Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 7 in Mankato

  Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra seeks new members

  Breaking records at the Minnesota State Fair