Senior Country Correspondent

Hunter Kelly

Rare Country’s Senior Correspondent Hunter Kelly has become one of country music’s top journalists, interviewing everyone from Taylor Swift to Garth Brooks as an entertainment correspondent and producer for ABC Radio since 2006. A permanent fixture backstage at the CMA Awards and ACM Awards for the past nine years, his exclusive interview content was distributed across ABC Radio’s platforms, as well as ABC News’ digital and television outlets. He also served as producer on ABC Radio’s country specials. Kelly’s prior stops also include Premiere Radio Networks and contributions to Billboard magazine.

Kelly graduated from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Nashville’s Belmont University. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.


This rising country star wrote the ultimate love anthem for his wife Features This rising country star wrote the ultimate love anthem for his wife , Senior Country Correspondent 9:53pm, October 16
Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines shares bittersweet posts on her birthday News Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines shares bittersweet posts on her birthday , Senior Country Correspondent 9:15pm, October 16
Country’s hottest new trio got quite a shock when they rediscovered this vintage footage Features Country’s hottest new trio got quite a shock when they rediscovered this vintage footage , Senior Country Correspondent 5:35pm, October 16
Dolly Parton reveals why she never had children of her own News Dolly Parton reveals why she never had children of her own , Senior Country Correspondent 4:10pm, October 16
Cole Swindell tells us how he’s connecting with the family of a fallen fan Features Cole Swindell tells us how he’s connecting with the family of a fallen fan , Senior Country Correspondent 9:54pm, October 13
Dierks Bentley tells us about the hope he found visiting Las Vegas Features Dierks Bentley tells us about the hope he found visiting Las Vegas , Senior Country Correspondent 7:17pm, October 13
A rising country star reveals the heartbreak that inspired her runaway hit Features A rising country star reveals the heartbreak that inspired her runaway hit , Senior Country Correspondent 3:30pm, October 13
Julianne Hough refuses to suffer in silence with her chronic illness News Julianne Hough refuses to suffer in silence with her chronic illness , Senior Country Correspondent 8:44pm, October 12
This country grandma is going viral with her Patsy Cline remake News This country grandma is going viral with her Patsy Cline remake , Senior Country Correspondent 8:36pm, October 12
This country superstar just blew our minds dressing up like Garth Brooks News This country superstar just blew our minds dressing up like Garth Brooks , Senior Country Correspondent 5:33pm, October 12
Chris Stapleton pays tribute to a fallen friend Performances Chris Stapleton pays tribute to a fallen friend , Senior Country Correspondent 2:50pm, October 12
No other artist has ever pulled off what Cole Swindell just did Features No other artist has ever pulled off what Cole Swindell just did , Senior Country Correspondent 2:35pm, October 12
This country star got some very sweet wedding news while visiting the vet’s office Features This country star got some very sweet wedding news while visiting the vet’s office , Senior Country Correspondent 6:37pm, October 10
Chris Stapleton strikes back against hate with a drive to play his music News Chris Stapleton strikes back against hate with a drive to play his music , Senior Country Correspondent 4:25pm, October 10
Garth Brooks celebrates an unprecedented milestone with the sweetest fan story News Garth Brooks celebrates an unprecedented milestone with the sweetest fan story , Senior Country Correspondent 3:38pm, October 10
Dolly Parton’s tireless work for kids inspires this new inspirational song News Dolly Parton’s tireless work for kids inspires this new inspirational song , Senior Country Correspondent 8:43pm, October 9
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood gave this brave woman a big surprise News Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood gave this brave woman a big surprise , Senior Country Correspondent 7:00pm, October 9
Kane Brown goes down memory lane with this brand-new Brooks & Dunn cover Performances Kane Brown goes down memory lane with this brand-new Brooks & Dunn cover , Senior Country Correspondent 6:00pm, October 9
Luke Bryan’s wife took their son hunting, and look what happened News Luke Bryan’s wife took their son hunting, and look what happened , Senior Country Correspondent 3:07pm, October 9
A country star shares a vintage pic that you won’t believe News A country star shares a vintage pic that you won’t believe , Senior Country Correspondent 9:31pm, October 6
Julianne Hough feels more independent and sexy since she tied the knot News Julianne Hough feels more independent and sexy since she tied the knot , Senior Country Correspondent 3:30pm, October 6
Luke Bryan’s new song is a return to his classic country sound News Luke Bryan’s new song is a return to his classic country sound , Senior Country Correspondent 2:48pm, October 6
Here’s nearly nine minutes of Scotty McCreery singing classic country at the Opry Performances Here’s nearly nine minutes of Scotty McCreery singing classic country at the Opry , Senior Country Correspondent 7:10pm, October 5
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill reveal hilarious plans for their anniversary News Tim McGraw and Faith Hill reveal hilarious plans for their anniversary , Senior Country Correspondent 5:58pm, October 5
Miranda Lambert returns to the stage for the first time after Vegas tragedy Performances Miranda Lambert returns to the stage for the first time after Vegas tragedy , Senior Country Correspondent 4:44pm, October 5
Eric Church gets emotional over a fan shot down in the Vegas massacre Performances Eric Church gets emotional over a fan shot down in the Vegas massacre , Senior Country Correspondent 3:07pm, October 5
This failed music lesson between Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton is downright hysterical News This failed music lesson between Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton is downright hysterical , Senior Country Correspondent 6:27pm, October 4
Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon just gave us a reason to smile again News Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon just gave us a reason to smile again , Senior Country Correspondent 4:48pm, October 4
Luke Bryan has accomplished a milestone few legends ever reach News Luke Bryan has accomplished a milestone few legends ever reach , Senior Country Correspondent 4:14pm, October 4
Johnny Cash’s daughter calls on country artists to speak out against gun violence News Johnny Cash’s daughter calls on country artists to speak out against gun violence , Senior Country Correspondent 8:20pm, October 3