Growing up in the Outback town of Broken Hill, Kelly was taught to play straight, be brave and keep smiling – all qualities which have earned her the trust of millions of Australians to deliver their news, host their events and help get to the heart of their issues.
Over 20 years, Kelly has:
- Presented the inauguration of President Barack Obama from Washington DC for Channel 9's South Australian audience.
- Anchored during the Asian tsunami disaster, the 9/11 attacks and the 2004 Athens Olympics for The Ten Network’s Adelaide news hour.
- Anchored six-hourly shifts on Sky News Australia.
- Covered the death of Princess Diana while working in London for Associated Press TV.
- Presented television and radio news for the national broadcaster, ABC TV, and reported for the country's premier analysis program, "The 7.30 Report".
- Consulted for ABC TV during the broadcaster's move into studio automation in 2006.
- Co-hosted the TV weeknight news for Channel 9 Adelaide, chosen to fill the post left by esteemed veteran broadcaster, Kevin Crease.
- Produced television pilots from concept creation to reality and pitched them internationally.
- Pioneered News Limited's transition into live news webcasting, by presenting and producing programs.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism Studies from the University of South Australia and is a Golden Key International Honour Society member. In 2003 she co-wrote a training programme to deliver presentation skills and has been evolving its delivery through Kelly Nestor Pty Ltd. In 2009 Kelly was entered into the Who’s Who of Australian Women and awarded Better Hearing Australia's Best Television Newsreader in the same year. As a proud born and bred Broken Hill girl she is an evergreen ambassador for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.