When I first stepped into the office of the George-Anne, the student newspaper of Georgia Southern University, Kelley was the first person I saw. She handed me an application which I quickly filled out and she told me they needed some help with Features and call the editor of that section. Kelley was the editor-in-chief.
Over time, she became a good mentor and a good friend to me. She was quick to say how things could be improved but she said it in a way that wasn’t critical or condescending. She was my first editor and by far, my best. The newspaper wasn’t the same after she graduated in 2000, even though she remained at GSU and took a staff job.
She would go on to be director of student media at GSU. I’m not surprised she continued to inspire and mentor others in the media as times changed over the past three decades. She was at one time president of the College Media Association for some time.
She will greatly be missed by many of us.
There is no better way to write her legacy than my former colleague, Scott Garner, has done here in the link below.