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.


Take a listen to Thomas Rhett’s sultry Justin Bieber cover News Take a listen to Thomas Rhett’s sultry Justin Bieber cover , Senior Country Correspondent 3:40pm, February 16
Chris Stapleton showed off his country soul before a captivated Grammy audience News Chris Stapleton showed off his country soul before a captivated Grammy audience , Senior Country Correspondent 7:38am, February 16
Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt steam up the Grammy Awards with a sexy mashup News Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt steam up the Grammy Awards with a sexy mashup , Senior Country Correspondent 8:54pm, February 15
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan trade shots at each other just hours before the Grammys News Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan trade shots at each other just hours before the Grammys , Senior Country Correspondent 10:57am, February 15
This is what happens when country stars share their unfiltered feelings on Valentine’s Day News This is what happens when country stars share their unfiltered feelings on Valentine’s Day , Senior Country Correspondent 3:47pm, February 12
We knew Carrie Underwood could sing, but we didn’t know she could do THAT News We knew Carrie Underwood could sing, but we didn’t know she could do THAT , Senior Country Correspondent 1:53pm, February 12
Carrie Underwood delivers a spiritual anthem to start your week off on the perfect note News Carrie Underwood delivers a spiritual anthem to start your week off on the perfect note , Senior Country Correspondent 12:21pm, February 12
ACM Awards favorite Mickey Guyton can sing — but she sure can’t bake Awards ACM Awards favorite Mickey Guyton can sing — but she sure can’t bake , Senior Country Correspondent 6:02pm, February 11
You can just feel Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s love for each other in their first-ever joint interview News You can just feel Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s love for each other in their first-ever joint interview , Senior Country Correspondent 2:23pm, February 11
Sam Hunt trades in his hip-hop influences for this stone-cold country Waylon Jennings cover News Sam Hunt trades in his hip-hop influences for this stone-cold country Waylon Jennings cover , Senior Country Correspondent 12:38pm, February 11
Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Chris Young rub shoulders with legends at Super Bowl 50 events News Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Chris Young rub shoulders with legends at Super Bowl 50 events , Senior Country Correspondent 6:34pm, February 7
Trace Adkins recalls the hilarious moment that made George Jones spit out his birthday cake News Trace Adkins recalls the hilarious moment that made George Jones spit out his birthday cake , Senior Country Correspondent 12:26pm, February 5
Chase Rice confesses all of his sins in this naughty new video News Chase Rice confesses all of his sins in this naughty new video , Senior Country Correspondent 4:09pm, February 4
Blake Shelton has absolutely had it with all the rumors surrounding him and Gwen Stefani News Blake Shelton has absolutely had it with all the rumors surrounding him and Gwen Stefani , Senior Country Correspondent 3:56pm, February 4
Kenny Chesney paved the way for Sam Hunt’s brush with NFL greatness News Kenny Chesney paved the way for Sam Hunt’s brush with NFL greatness , Senior Country Correspondent 6:02pm, February 3
Miranda Lambert puts the cool back in country with this Barbara Mandrell cover News Miranda Lambert puts the cool back in country with this Barbara Mandrell cover , Senior Country Correspondent 4:27pm, February 3
The stunning Carrie Underwood reveals a beauty secret that y’all might want to try News The stunning Carrie Underwood reveals a beauty secret that y’all might want to try , Senior Country Correspondent 12:16pm, February 3
Major surgery sidelines one of country’s most towering figures News Major surgery sidelines one of country’s most towering figures , Senior Country Correspondent 2:56pm, February 2
Blake Shelton found a way to get over his ACM snub with this excellent piece of news Awards Blake Shelton found a way to get over his ACM snub with this excellent piece of news , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, February 2
Miranda Lambert reminds us to cherish our loved ones while we can with this brand-new song News Miranda Lambert reminds us to cherish our loved ones while we can with this brand-new song , Senior Country Correspondent 2:19pm, January 26
Trace Adkins is spilling all the details on his days working with fellow tough guy Donald Trump News Trace Adkins is spilling all the details on his days working with fellow tough guy Donald Trump , Senior Country Correspondent 4:18pm, January 25
You’ve got to hear who Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is “ashamed” of now News You’ve got to hear who Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is “ashamed” of now , Senior Country Correspondent 4:08pm, January 25
One of country music’s most-loved couples just became a trio News One of country music’s most-loved couples just became a trio , Senior Country Correspondent 1:20pm, January 24
Her painful divorce from Blake Shelton propels Miranda Lambert to do something she has never done before News Her painful divorce from Blake Shelton propels Miranda Lambert to do something she has never done before , Senior Country Correspondent 1:19pm, January 21
Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane just turned this lullaby into a sexy slow jam you have to hear News Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane just turned this lullaby into a sexy slow jam you have to hear , Senior Country Correspondent 4:19pm, January 20
Reba’s new video tribute to her late father will have you reaching for the tissues News Reba’s new video tribute to her late father will have you reaching for the tissues , Senior Country Correspondent 2:55pm, January 19
Looks like Reba has a bone to pick with Madonna News Looks like Reba has a bone to pick with Madonna , Senior Country Correspondent 2:08pm, January 19
If anybody deserves a boat, Chris Janson sure the heck does News If anybody deserves a boat, Chris Janson sure the heck does , Senior Country Correspondent 3:02pm, January 15
Take an exclusive look at this country singer’s little piece of heaven on earth News Take an exclusive look at this country singer’s little piece of heaven on earth , Senior Country Correspondent 10:36am, January 15
Donald Trump told John Rich why he didn’t run for president sooner News Donald Trump told John Rich why he didn’t run for president sooner , Senior Country Correspondent 6:37pm, January 14