Kelsi Thorud - News

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Current Location  -  WESH Orlando Florida


Represented by  -  John Butte

Career Summary

Kelsi Thorud is the go-to general assignment reporter for WESH-TV, Orlando, Florida. Kelsi joined WESH in December 2018 from WTVQ, the ABC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kelsi takes pride in her “go-to” reporter role. She covers everything from the breaking news of the day to more in-depth analysis of developing stories like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 election. She has covered hurricanes, murder trials, political scandals, and social unrest.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit Florida, early March, Kelsi began a nightly live video pandemic update for viewers on Facebook and Twitter. Now, thousands rely on her nightly lives for the latest and most accurate local and state facts and stats. She continues her update every night.

Prior to WTVQ, Kelsi reported for WEEK/WHOI in Peoria, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona. Go Wildcats, she says! While in college she worked as an investigative news intern at Fusion Network in Miami, and studied political journalism with The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. She also interned at an online political news website.

Kelsi is originally from Oregon. She loves living in different parts of the country and enjoys really immersing herself in the unique culture and trends of all the communities she visits.


Five Years


The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, major; Government and Public Policy, minor

"Every successful journey has a destination"