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

’Financially Caring for a Disabled Child’: local author, attorney discusses new book

New 2019 Minnesota State Fair foods announced

New Ulm man pleads guilty to child solicitation

Former Estherville Lincoln Central Booster Club Treasurer accused of embezzlement

A look back at swimsuit season in the 1940s

Cultivate Mankato, Bellissimo Pant & Coatings team up for art infusion project

Calling All Artists: Public art opportunities available in North Mankato

Minnesota River levels push back Highway 14, 15 construction in New Ulm

11 Minnesota nursing homes in need of greater oversight

Farmfest 2019 to feature Hemp Demo Plot

  Headed to the Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato? Here’s what you need to know

  MSU Mankato Hosting 11th Annual Parent-Child Play Day

  Menards shares Father’s Day gift ideas

  Hy-Vee coming to St. Peter

  Greater Mankato Growth announcing launch of new program

  Kato Cycle Club hosts hill climb event June 15

  Mapleton Police expands services to Amboy

  Juneteenth event commemorates African-American independence in the U.S

  Seat belt, car seat violations drop for fifth straight year in Minnesota

Lake Crystal Open House to cover economic development strategy

Domestic violence & the LGBTQ community

  New chemical dependency outpatient treatment center uses holistic approach

  Minnesota fire deaths decline in 2018

Security changes go into effect today at Target Field

  Grant opportunities In June with Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council

  North Mankato Farmers Market opens for the summer

  Iowa man in critical condition after collision with field sprayer

  Crystal Waters Project Celebrating Completion of Robinson Park Restoration

  Racing season underway at Toners Lake Karting in Janesville

  Celebrating National Dairy Month with Culver’s