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

  Waseca officer in critical condition after shooting; suspect wounded

  St. John’s Circle of Care in Springfield closes the generation gap

  Building muscle and heart: personal trainer starts Kids Fitness class in Waseca

  Explore southern Minnesota: A week’s worth of indoor fun for the whole family

Landline offers ride for shoppers on Black Friday

MSU pushes back dome inflation due to weather

  Backpack Food Program surpasses 1,000 students served

  MSU’s Campus Kitchen whips up a recipe to fight hunger year-round

  Progress continues for 2019 harvest

  Waseca in the running for a $500,000 makeover on the TV series: Small Business Revolution

Spirit Lake police searching for man wanted in gas station stabbing

  Project for Teens discusses role in reducing vaping in schools

  Southern Minnesota Christmas Festival is this weekend

Hutchinson Police investigate school threat report

  Waseca deputy on the road to recovery

47-year-old Mankato man injured in hunting accident

New Ulm man in critical condition after crash

  On the road to recovery: Waseca deputy receives overwhelming support after being electrocuted

  UPDATE: Referendums in Owatonna, Truman and Worthington passed after local elections

Cleveland police investigating suspicious vehicle

Suspects sought in Albert Lea home invasion

One person injured after tractor rollover in Nicollet County

  Two local businesses join forces to bring new life to historic Waseca building

Waseca County Sheriff’s Deputy recovering from burns

Historic bridge in Redwood Falls closed for repairs

  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