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

  St. James native asks for letters of support for ICU patients struggling with COVID-19

2020 CityArt Sculpture winners announced

  Walz: ready to call special session on COVID-19 economic relief package

  Pedal Past Poverty 2021 postponed

  Salvation Army kicks off bell ringing

  Avoid package theft this holiday season

  Bethany Lutheran College announces online learning plans

  Greater Mankato United Way halfway to campaign goal

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota closes again

Two arrested in drug investigation

  Mayo Clinic begins COVID-19 testing of MSU Mankato athletes

  BENCHS pushes toward $50,000 goal

  Indoor Marching Band concert to be live-streamed

  New DVS system off to good start

  Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center braces for new restrictions

  Area athletic directors reflect on COVID-19 impact on high school sports

  J-Turn coming to Hwy. 14/CR 56

  Matson family to receive GoFundMe check, new accessibility vehicle

Free longer-term COVID-19 testing available in Fairmont

  Minnesota farmers wrapping up harvest

  Twins Winter Caravan, TwinsFest Cancelled

  MDH: 26 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 5,945 new confirmed positive cases

  More COVID-19 restrictions likely this week

  Extra seat belt enforcement begins

  MnDOT to install vehicle detection system

  Mankato local shares COVID-19 story in hopes to reduce stigma

  Twin Cities Summer Jam 2021 lineup revealed

  Man charged in 2019 crash pleads guilty

  USDA tightens ending stocks, markets rally

  'Construction mishap’ at New Ulm Rec Center