Kerry Kavanaugh is the Boston 25 News 4pm Anchor and an Investigative Reporter.
She joined the team, bringing her back home to Boston, in 2015.
Kerry moved back just in time to cover the historic winter of 2015. 100 inches of snow pounded the area and crippled mass transit. That year, Kerry rode on packed commuter rail trains bringing passengers’ concerns and frustrations to those in charge.
Kerry works to give members of the community seeking justice an opportunity to have a voice, especially young victims and their families. She’s also been the front lines of major, national news stories. She traveled to Philadelphia after a train derailed, killing eight and injuring more than 200 people. While there, Kerry dug into the issue of train safety and the slow implementation of “Positive Train Control” which may have prevented that tragedy.
Kerry played a key role in Boston 25’s 2016 Election coverage. She was inside the Javits Center in New York City when Hillary Clinton supporters watched the results roll on that historic election night.
She was in place at the head of the inaugural parade route in Washington D.C. the day President Donald Trump was sworn in.
Kerry was on the ground on Manhattan on Halloween, 2017 hours after terrorist rented a box truck and drove down the bike path the West Side Highway.
Kerry joined Boston 25 from WSB-TV, WFXT’s Cox Media Group sister-station in Atlanta, Ga. She was the first reporter on-scene when a gunman took four firefighters hostage after making a bogus call for help. Her coverage of the hours long standoff earned her an Emmy nomination.
Kerry tackled complex, personal stories as the immigration debate churned in Georgia. WSB-TV also dispatched Kerry to cover major national stories including the tragedy in Sandy Hook in 2012 and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
Kerry was a reporter and anchor at WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla. In Tampa Bay, she covered Florida politics and consumer issues. In 2009, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded her first place for consumer reporting in Florida.
While at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, she traveled to Villachuato, Mexico to reconnect with undocumented immigrant workers after their meat packing plant was raided and they were deported.
The Associated Press of Iowa and the Iowa Broadcast News Association honored her series of stories with first place documentary awards.
Kerry got her start in journalism in the Mountain West in Bozeman, Montana. She was a one-woman show: shooting, writing and editing all her own stories.
Kerry's an alumna of the RIAS German/American Exchange Program. The program awarded her a journalism fellowship in 2004. She traveled to Germany, where she participated in journalism immersion program and produced a series of stories.
Kerry's is a native of Medford, Mass. and graduated from Boston College. Let's go Eagles! She's so excited her journalism career brought her back home to cover the city she loves.
Kerry is a proud Academic Mentor through Boston Partners in Education, visiting a local school weekly to work with students who just need some extra attention and another positive voice.
Kerry is fluent in Spanish and says that helps her tell stories from a variety of communities. She loves traveling and trying new restaurants, so pass along your suggestions. Kerry and her husband, Jason, live in Medford with their English Springer Spaniels!
When is the last time you asked yourself how you’re feeling, whether you’re stressed, depressed, and what’s contributing to that? So many of us have been taking care of everyone but ourselves, especially during the last 18 months.
Boston 25 News continues to examine the crisis in youth mental health in our series Boston 25 Gets Real about Kids and Mental Health. In this installment, anchor and investigative reporter Kerry Kavanaugh takes a look at how the crisis playing out in hospitals across Massachusetts.