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

  New Carris Health facility now accepting patients

  City council meeting following arrests of city officials

  Two years later: homicide remains unsolved

  Mankato Public Safety seeks assault suspect

  Rasmussen College rebrands to Rasmussen University

  Job seekers, employers finding new ways to connect

  Catalytic converter thefts continue, bill seeks to address it

Gustavus gives green light for Lund Center expansion

Truman man killed in single-vehicle crash

  Temporary drawdown underway at Swan Lake

  Changes to DNR combination licenses take effect

DVS in Mankato adds Saturday hours

Waseca County authorities warn residents of thefts

Suspect charged in connection to Mankato robbery

  Trial date set for man involved in Albert Lea shooting

  Churchgoers participate in drive-thru Ash Wednesday

  Local pediatrician offers advice for families on keeping schools safe

Personal shopper sees increase in demand during pandemic

  GasBuddy: motorists should brace higher gas prices

  Bethany Lutheran College adds first Master of Arts program

Minnesota expected to reach one million COVID-19 vaccinations

  Orchestra and restaurant offer date night-in experience

  One in nine Minnesotans now facing hunger

  Ignition Fitness and Sports offers Ninja Warrior Birthdays

MDH: two additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 611 new cases

  Estimated 300-400 educators vaccinated in Mankato Area Public Schools

  Workers brave sub-zero temperatures

  Hutchinson authorities search for missing man

  Owatonna home damaged by fire

Support continues for Officer Arik Matson