Meteorologist Kelly Heidbreder is proud to be part of the 13ABC Storm Team. She is also the Extreme Host for 13ABC's Extreme Weight Loss Challenge, northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan's largest and most successful weight loss competition.
Kelly is a hometown girl, growing up in Riga, Michigan, in Lenawee County just over the Ohio border. She is also an award winning journalist with a Broadcast Communications Degree from Western Michigan University and Meteorlogy Certification from Mississippi State University.
Her career as a journalist began in the newspaper business. She was the co-owner of the Blissfield Advance for six years where she and her husband were the youngest newspaper publishers in the state of Michigan at the time. They sold the century old weekly newspaper which had been in her husband's family for over 20 years.
She began her career in television joining WTVG as a producer. She moved to Bangor Maine as a reporter for WVII-ABC. Ask her about her interviews with well-known Mainer Stephen King and how to properly eat lob-stah!
Kelly made the move back to the midwest, reporting for WPTA, the number one station in Fort Wayne. She covered politics at the capitol, President George W. Bush in South Bend and chased tornadoes across central Indiana. A tremendous interest in weather has opened the door to pursue her meteorology degree. She will earn her second bachelor degree this summer from Mississippi State University.
Kelly is an Advanced Master Gardener and shares that experience with her audience. In Maine, she hosted a weekly home and garden show, Get Growing, featuring viewers and their gardens in the Augusta and Portland, Maine region. This also led to a syndicated newspaper column with the same name. Kelly is the home and garden writer for the Toledo Blade. Her column has been featured in Decatur Illinois, Fort Wayne Indiana, Monroe Michigan daily newspapers in addition to The Blade.
Kelly is happy to find a home at 13ABC. She is so excited to share stories and weather with her friends and family here in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. She and her high school sweetheart live in Onsted. Her husband Paul is the publisher of the Adrian Daily Telegram. They have two children, two dogs, a cat. If they have any time between school sports, you can find them out weeding garden beds. She is proud to be part of such a terrific group of journalists at 13ABC.