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

  Maple Syrup industry benefits from spring weather

  Community Response Fund announces first round of emergency grants

  New Ulm Police participate in statewide virtual ride-along

  Minnesota considering different options for voting in 2020 election

  Real estate industry considered essential; realtors take precautions

Mayo Clinic Health System turns Eastridge campus into respiratory clinic

  Bumbelou makes free face mask kits

  Midwives: don’t make birth decision on fear

MDH: 26 hospitalized due to COVID-19; number of cases rises to 287

Minnesota River Valley Transit suspends route due to COVID-19

Minnesota officials report low weekend of DWI arrests

MNsure special enrollment period open

  Mankato Clinic implements telehealth visits

  Mending Spirits Animal Rescue creates pet food shelf

  Wiste’s Meat Market supports the community with gift cards

Redwood Falls Police Department warn of scam involving COVID-19

  Mankato Clinic sets up North Mankato location as respiratory clinic

Schell’s Brewery celebrates 160th anniversary with 160 Acts of Kindness

Tips on disinfecting your vehicle

  Spring allergy symptoms vs. coronavirus symptoms

  Veterinarians take precautions while caring for pets

  U.S. Senate passes bill to provide paid benefits for during coronavirus epidemic

  Hair Salons react to closing of businesses during coronavirus outbreak

  Waseca Public Library, Martin County Libraries launch curbside pickup service

  Local wastewater operators warn of damage caused by toilet paper alternatives

  Mental performance expert gives advice on being mentally strong during coronavirus outbreak

  Small businesses look for support during coronavirus outbreak

River Hills Mall restricts hours amid coronavirus outbreak

  Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Clinic establish drive-thru coronavirus testing

  National Grammar Day: What’s your grammar pet peeve?