Leslie Kelly, a longtime journalist and writer, has been named editor of the Central Kitsap Reporter and the Bremerton Patriot newspapers, it was announced recently by publisher Sean McDonald. She will also be editor of Veterans Life monthly publication.
Kelly, 55, has been in daily newspapers for more than 25 years. She has written for the Everett Herald, the Seattle Times, and the Topeka Capital-Journal in Topeka, Kan. She also has worked for several nonprofits, including Food Lifeline in Seattle, in media relations and communications.
“I’m very pleased to have Leslie join our newspapers as editor,” said McDonald. “She has the skills and passion for community journalism that will elevate our community papers to a new level of quality and integrity.”
“I’m excited to be back in the newspaper business,” Kelly said. “I’ve always loved writing and see this as an opportunity to do what I love and serve our local readership. I want to get to know the community and become a part of it.”
She is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and was named education writer of the year in Kansas three times. Among her other writing awards are honors for features and business profiles from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She also has writing awards from the Washington Press Association.
Kelly moved to the Kitsap area last summer after her husband, Brian, was named editor of the Bainbridge Island Review newspaper. Prior to that, she lived on Whidbey Island for seven years. She has lived in the Puget Sound area since 1990.