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.

Flashback to the time Loretta Lynn really grabbed a cheatin’ woman by the hair of the head News Flashback to the time Loretta Lynn really grabbed a cheatin’ woman by the hair of the head , Senior Country Correspondent 5:11pm, March 25
The bromance between Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley just keeps getting weirder Awards The bromance between Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley just keeps getting weirder , Senior Country Correspondent 4:25pm, March 25
Reba just revealed what she’s dreaming up for the next decade of her amazing career News Reba just revealed what she’s dreaming up for the next decade of her amazing career , Senior Country Correspondent 3:08pm, March 25
Scotty McCreery spices things up with one of the most genius ideas we’ve ever heard News Scotty McCreery spices things up with one of the most genius ideas we’ve ever heard , Senior Country Correspondent 11:14am, March 25
Get ready to break out the tissues for Carrie Underwood’s emotional farewell to “American Idol” News Get ready to break out the tissues for Carrie Underwood’s emotional farewell to “American Idol” , Senior Country Correspondent 3:46pm, March 24
Flashback to the time Katy Perry proved her country cred in a big way News Flashback to the time Katy Perry proved her country cred in a big way , Senior Country Correspondent 1:54pm, March 24
Could the world be forgetting the legend that was Elvis Presley? News Could the world be forgetting the legend that was Elvis Presley? , Senior Country Correspondent 1:38pm, March 24
Kenny Chesney is announcing a piece of news this afternoon that fans can’t miss News Kenny Chesney is announcing a piece of news this afternoon that fans can’t miss , Senior Country Correspondent 11:55am, March 24
Peyton Manning just upped his country game yet again with this brand-new duet News Peyton Manning just upped his country game yet again with this brand-new duet , Senior Country Correspondent 10:56am, March 24
Merle Haggard just went and spilled it all on his longtime crush, Dolly Parton News Merle Haggard just went and spilled it all on his longtime crush, Dolly Parton , Senior Country Correspondent 9:06am, March 24
Chris Stapleton just received a piece of news that might be a sign of big things to come News Chris Stapleton just received a piece of news that might be a sign of big things to come , Senior Country Correspondent 1:33pm, March 23
This California native just might fill your craving for a true country music sound News This California native just might fill your craving for a true country music sound , Senior Country Correspondent 1:01pm, March 23
Now we have a way to remember this Country Music Hall of Famer forever News Now we have a way to remember this Country Music Hall of Famer forever , Senior Country Correspondent 4:36pm, March 22
Carrie Underwood just honored her hockey-player husband with the sweetest tribute News Carrie Underwood just honored her hockey-player husband with the sweetest tribute , Senior Country Correspondent 4:15pm, March 22
Merle Haggard’s health woes force his family to make a drastic request News Merle Haggard’s health woes force his family to make a drastic request , Senior Country Correspondent 4:01pm, March 22
Chris Stapleton was amazed when a packed audience did this at his show News Chris Stapleton was amazed when a packed audience did this at his show , Senior Country Correspondent 10:29am, March 22
Dierks Bentley just took it way too far for a laugh at the ACM Awards Awards Dierks Bentley just took it way too far for a laugh at the ACM Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 9:52am, March 22
Jennifer Nettles’ career is on fire thanks to a big boost from Dolly Parton News Jennifer Nettles’ career is on fire thanks to a big boost from Dolly Parton , Senior Country Correspondent 4:38pm, March 21
Wait till you hear what Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are up to News Wait till you hear what Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are up to , Senior Country Correspondent 4:22pm, March 21
Dolly Parton just announced a blockbuster duet featuring the ultimate dark horse News Dolly Parton just announced a blockbuster duet featuring the ultimate dark horse , Senior Country Correspondent 2:25pm, March 21
Carrie Underwood’s biggest fan just might be her adorable little boy News Carrie Underwood’s biggest fan just might be her adorable little boy , Senior Country Correspondent 1:26pm, March 21
Why are Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren in such a hurry to see the world? News Why are Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren in such a hurry to see the world? , Senior Country Correspondent 4:32pm, March 18
A slew of country legends came together to perform one of the world’s most gorgeous hymns News A slew of country legends came together to perform one of the world’s most gorgeous hymns , Senior Country Correspondent 3:28pm, March 18
Uh oh! Garth Brooks is reaching out to fans caught in the crosshairs of a big mishap News Uh oh! Garth Brooks is reaching out to fans caught in the crosshairs of a big mishap , Senior Country Correspondent 3:16pm, March 18
Luke Bryan just went to bat to defend the actions of a good friend News Luke Bryan just went to bat to defend the actions of a good friend , Senior Country Correspondent 3:02pm, March 18
Waylon Jennings’ widow Jessi Colter tells us what it was really like on tour with The Highwaymen News Waylon Jennings’ widow Jessi Colter tells us what it was really like on tour with The Highwaymen , Senior Country Correspondent 4:00pm, March 17
George Strait just set Texas on fire with a surprise performance of one of his classics News George Strait just set Texas on fire with a surprise performance of one of his classics , Senior Country Correspondent 3:16pm, March 17
Watch as Alan Jackson wins over an entire country with his “Small Town Southern” charm News Watch as Alan Jackson wins over an entire country with his “Small Town Southern” charm , Senior Country Correspondent 2:18pm, March 17
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