Former South Florida Anchor Dies

By Kevin Eck 

Kelley Mitchell, former anchor who worked at Miami’s WPLG and WSVN died Sunday.

“There was a great playfulness about Kelley, both personally in the office and professionally,” said senior WPLG political reporter Michael Putney. “She could do things on the air and get away with things that were maybe skating along the edge as being a little editorial, but she did them so well that you kind of laughed and said, ‘Well, that’s Kelley.”

According to the SunSentinel, Mitchell worked at FOX affiliate WSVN from 1992 until 1998 and ABC affiliate WPLG from 1998 until 2004. WPLG reports, she told viewers about her battle with breast cancer in 2003.


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“Sometimes stories about a reporter’s health crisis or problems somehow are self-serving or even self-aggrandizing, but that was not the case with Kelley because it wasn’t just about her,” Putney said. “It was about all women who either are or could be facing breast cancer and what it’s like to go through it, and go through it with grace and courage.”

Throughout it all, she never lost her sense of humor.

Mitchell touched many lives throughout her career and always felt blessed for the gift she got back.

“People always say you just don’t know who your friends are until the tough times hit you, and I now know I have friends I couldn’t even dream of,” Mitchell said in 2003.

“I’ll miss her a lot,” Putney said. “She was a friend.”

Kelley was 58.