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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. He can be reached at hunter.kelly@rarecountry.com.

Carrie Underwood has some strong words about her hubby’s potential performance with Garth Brooks News Carrie Underwood has some strong words about her hubby’s potential performance with Garth Brooks , Senior Country Correspondent 1:51pm, March 17
Lady Antebellum just reunited for one night only to honor a country icon News Lady Antebellum just reunited for one night only to honor a country icon , Senior Country Correspondent 12:07pm, March 17
Woah! Reba just unveiled a short, sassy new haircut and you’re gonna love it News Woah! Reba just unveiled a short, sassy new haircut and you’re gonna love it , Senior Country Correspondent 11:39am, March 17
Dierks Bentley may have a bit of a bone to pick with his ACM Awards co-host Luke Bryan Awards Dierks Bentley may have a bit of a bone to pick with his ACM Awards co-host Luke Bryan , Senior Country Correspondent 4:38pm, March 16
Glen Campbell’s loved ones announce their heartwarming plans for the ailing legend’s 80th birthday News Glen Campbell’s loved ones announce their heartwarming plans for the ailing legend’s 80th birthday , Senior Country Correspondent 3:17pm, March 16
Britney Spears just shocked fans with her surprise appearance at one of country music’s biggest shows News Britney Spears just shocked fans with her surprise appearance at one of country music’s biggest shows , Senior Country Correspondent 10:49am, March 16
Hank Williams Jr. announced plans to do something he hasn’t done in years News Hank Williams Jr. announced plans to do something he hasn’t done in years , Senior Country Correspondent 3:26pm, March 15
You’re gonna freak when you hear who is joining Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood for some brand-new music News You’re gonna freak when you hear who is joining Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood for some brand-new music , Senior Country Correspondent 3:20pm, March 15
Share your inspirational story with Tim McGraw and you could end up on the ACM Awards Awards Share your inspirational story with Tim McGraw and you could end up on the ACM Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 2:11pm, March 15
Eric Church’s inspiration for “Homeboy” could become a country star in his own right News Eric Church’s inspiration for “Homeboy” could become a country star in his own right , Senior Country Correspondent 9:44pm, March 14
Is Scotty McCreery finally planning a duet with his hero Garth Brooks? News Is Scotty McCreery finally planning a duet with his hero Garth Brooks? , Senior Country Correspondent 3:22pm, March 14
Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt just reunited on stage — wait till you see this performance News Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt just reunited on stage — wait till you see this performance , Senior Country Correspondent 2:09pm, March 14
Watch Thomas Rhett share a special piece of his spiritual journey in this moving solo performance News Watch Thomas Rhett share a special piece of his spiritual journey in this moving solo performance , Senior Country Correspondent 1:29pm, March 14
Witness the moment Thomas Rhett promised forever to his beloved bride News Witness the moment Thomas Rhett promised forever to his beloved bride , Senior Country Correspondent 10:58am, March 14
Tanya Tucker needs your prayers as she battles for her health News Tanya Tucker needs your prayers as she battles for her health , Senior Country Correspondent 3:17pm, March 11
Merle Haggard didn’t need a dating app to find quick romance with “Wonder Woman” News Merle Haggard didn’t need a dating app to find quick romance with “Wonder Woman” , Senior Country Correspondent 3:01pm, March 11
Find out just how Gwen Stefani put the smile back on Blake Shelton’s face News Find out just how Gwen Stefani put the smile back on Blake Shelton’s face , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, March 11
Did y’all see the serious ruckus Randy Houser stirred up on the streets of Nashville? News Did y’all see the serious ruckus Randy Houser stirred up on the streets of Nashville? , Senior Country Correspondent 1:22pm, March 11
You’ll either hate us or love us for sharing this footage of Luke Bryan in a leotard News You’ll either hate us or love us for sharing this footage of Luke Bryan in a leotard , Senior Country Correspondent 1:10pm, March 11
Carrie Underwood just had a downright spooky encounter News Carrie Underwood just had a downright spooky encounter , Senior Country Correspondent 11:31am, March 11
Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker just had one hell of a reunion you’ve got to see News Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker just had one hell of a reunion you’ve got to see , Senior Country Correspondent 7:35pm, March 10
Miranda Lambert and her bestie just went on a bar crawl they’ll never forget News Miranda Lambert and her bestie just went on a bar crawl they’ll never forget , Senior Country Correspondent 4:18pm, March 10
Miranda Lambert reveals her tried-and-true method for dealing with the rumor mill News Miranda Lambert reveals her tried-and-true method for dealing with the rumor mill , Senior Country Correspondent 3:32pm, March 10
Kenny Rogers’ heart is broken over the death of his friend and musical comrade News Kenny Rogers’ heart is broken over the death of his friend and musical comrade , Senior Country Correspondent 12:39pm, March 10
Garth Brooks makes a tough decision as he asks for help from his fans News Garth Brooks makes a tough decision as he asks for help from his fans , Senior Country Correspondent 11:59am, March 10
Kelly Clarkson reveals a big decision she just made about her family News Kelly Clarkson reveals a big decision she just made about her family , Senior Country Correspondent 9:21am, March 10
Scotty McCreery reveals some of his biggest life lessons in brand-new book News Scotty McCreery reveals some of his biggest life lessons in brand-new book , Senior Country Correspondent 3:44pm, March 9
Hey Scotty McCreery fans – we have the answers to all your Twitter questions News Hey Scotty McCreery fans – we have the answers to all your Twitter questions , Senior Country Correspondent 1:09pm, March 9
Blake Shelton is getting really “Honest” about his personal life on his next album News Blake Shelton is getting really “Honest” about his personal life on his next album , Senior Country Correspondent 5:58pm, March 8
Billy Currington just turned in a gutsy performance of a country classic News Billy Currington just turned in a gutsy performance of a country classic , Senior Country Correspondent 5:37pm, March 8