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.


Larry Gatlin has some strong words for America following the Paris terrorist attacks News Larry Gatlin has some strong words for America following the Paris terrorist attacks , Senior Country Correspondent 11:45am, November 15
Former lovers Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell share a final goodbye News Former lovers Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell share a final goodbye , Senior Country Correspondent 5:04pm, November 13
Attention all you single ladies — country heartthrob Brett Eldredge is back on the market News Attention all you single ladies — country heartthrob Brett Eldredge is back on the market , Senior Country Correspondent 3:11pm, November 13
Lauren Alaina spills the tea on those rumors she dated Scotty McCreery in their “American Idol” days News Lauren Alaina spills the tea on those rumors she dated Scotty McCreery in their “American Idol” days , Senior Country Correspondent 2:52pm, November 13
You’ll be in tears watching Scotty McCreery cry over Nashville hot chicken News You’ll be in tears watching Scotty McCreery cry over Nashville hot chicken , Senior Country Correspondent 1:30pm, November 13
“Nashville” actress Clare Bowen reveals the heart-wrenching reason she chopped off her long, blond locks News “Nashville” actress Clare Bowen reveals the heart-wrenching reason she chopped off her long, blond locks , Senior Country Correspondent 2:20pm, November 12
Take a look back at the very first YouTube moment that officially put Kane Brown on the country map News Take a look back at the very first YouTube moment that officially put Kane Brown on the country map , Senior Country Correspondent 12:21pm, November 12
You’ve got to see this stunning photo of a young Johnny Cash in his Air Force uniform News You’ve got to see this stunning photo of a young Johnny Cash in his Air Force uniform , Senior Country Correspondent 5:10pm, November 11
Charlie Daniels calls on Americans to support our troops 365 days a year News Charlie Daniels calls on Americans to support our troops 365 days a year , Senior Country Correspondent 12:43pm, November 11
You’ve got to hear how Luke Bryan’s son Bo gets his dad ready for showtime News You’ve got to hear how Luke Bryan’s son Bo gets his dad ready for showtime , Senior Country Correspondent 11:33am, November 11
Jason Aldean’s Lil Wayne Halloween costume is raising some eyebrows News Jason Aldean’s Lil Wayne Halloween costume is raising some eyebrows , Senior Country Correspondent 7:13pm, November 10
Watching superstar Carrie Underwood in full mommy mode is just about the most adorable thing ever News Watching superstar Carrie Underwood in full mommy mode is just about the most adorable thing ever , Senior Country Correspondent 10:45am, November 10
What did y’all think about Thomas Rhett’s CMA Awards performance with Fall Out Boy? News What did y’all think about Thomas Rhett’s CMA Awards performance with Fall Out Boy? , Senior Country Correspondent 4:29pm, November 9
Watch a cappella group Pentatonix lead a bunch of country superstars in a good ole singalong at the CMA Awards News Watch a cappella group Pentatonix lead a bunch of country superstars in a good ole singalong at the CMA Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 4:10pm, November 9
Country superstar Blake Shelton just made an announcement that no one saw coming News Country superstar Blake Shelton just made an announcement that no one saw coming , Senior Country Correspondent 1:31pm, November 9
Watch as a cappella group Pentatonix surprises a room of unsuspecting Cracker Barrel diners with this stunning performance News Watch as a cappella group Pentatonix surprises a room of unsuspecting Cracker Barrel diners with this stunning performance , Senior Country Correspondent 12:00pm, November 9
Wait until you hear what Florida Georgia Line thought about performing right after the Chris Stapleton/Justin Timberlake CMA masterpiece News Wait until you hear what Florida Georgia Line thought about performing right after the Chris Stapleton/Justin Timberlake CMA masterpiece , Senior Country Correspondent 3:41pm, November 6
Faith Hill is in love again…with hubby Tim McGraw’s new album News Faith Hill is in love again…with hubby Tim McGraw’s new album , Senior Country Correspondent 3:24pm, November 6
You’ve got to hear what Luke Bryan said about beating Garth Brooks at the CMA Awards News You’ve got to hear what Luke Bryan said about beating Garth Brooks at the CMA Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 1:51pm, November 6
Ok, haters — Florida Georgia Line is staking their claim in the country music industry with a whole new sound News Ok, haters — Florida Georgia Line is staking their claim in the country music industry with a whole new sound , Senior Country Correspondent 1:22pm, November 4
Luke Bryan only has one thing on his mind tonight after the CMA Awards come to a close News Luke Bryan only has one thing on his mind tonight after the CMA Awards come to a close , Senior Country Correspondent 10:23am, November 4
Find out how Carrie Underwood’s baby boy is helping his mommy get ready for the CMA Awards News Find out how Carrie Underwood’s baby boy is helping his mommy get ready for the CMA Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 1:58pm, November 3
Reba McEntire’s hair was a country superstar in its own right in the early ’90s News Reba McEntire’s hair was a country superstar in its own right in the early ’90s , Senior Country Correspondent 7:13am, November 3
Check out how Tim McGraw is keeping his late father close to his heart News Check out how Tim McGraw is keeping his late father close to his heart , Senior Country Correspondent 8:55pm, November 2
Get ready to swoon as you watch Thomas Rhett perform the sweetest love song News Get ready to swoon as you watch Thomas Rhett perform the sweetest love song , Senior Country Correspondent 11:43am, November 2
Meet the brave young man that stole the show from Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett News Meet the brave young man that stole the show from Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett , Senior Country Correspondent 10:02pm, November 1
Remember when Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley shocked everybody when they mentioned the country feud between Luke and Zac News Remember when Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley shocked everybody when they mentioned the country feud between Luke and Zac , Senior Country Correspondent 1:42pm, November 1
This is the song you’re going to blast as you tear out of work tonight News This is the song you’re going to blast as you tear out of work tonight , Senior Country Correspondent 2:33pm, October 30
You’re not going to believe what Shania Twain did to Johnny Cash in this CMA throwback clip News You’re not going to believe what Shania Twain did to Johnny Cash in this CMA throwback clip , Senior Country Correspondent 11:31am, October 29
Two of country music’s hottest new stars just led a singalong that you must hear to believe News Two of country music’s hottest new stars just led a singalong that you must hear to believe , Senior Country Correspondent 10:30am, October 29