KXLY anchor quits to pursue ‘other passion’
By Jim Kershner
Karen Kelly is pulling up anchor and getting out of TV.
She has taken a job as director of development for the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education in Spokane.
Kelly has been a KXLY anchor for eight years and a TV news veteran for 17 years.
“After 17 years, everybody needs a change,” said Kelly, a Spokane native and Lewis and Clark High School graduate.
She called education her “other passion” besides broadcasting. Kelly has long been involved in community service and educational issues; most recently, she was on the committee for Campaign WSU, a Washington State University endowment drive.
“I just got to the point where I wanted to pursue my other passion,” she said.
The nursing center is a public-private partnership between WSU, Eastern Washington University and Whitworth College.
It will be a full-time job for Kelly, but she still plans to do occasional community affairs shows for KXLY.
Her last broadcast as an anchor will be on Jan. 1, and she starts her new job on Jan. 2.
Tonia Bendickson will take over the 11 a.m. co-anchoring duties with Mark Wright.
No decision yet on who will replace Kelly at 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 1995