Kelly Jo McDonnell is a script writer, producer, and strategist with experience writing, editing, organizing operational systems, PR and marketing and leading special event initiatives for local and national television production companies and other corporate and non-profit clients. She has a BA in Mass Communications and English Literature and a MA in Communications. She is an unflinching optimist,  a practicing author, and a fan of Chuck Norris jokes. She currently serves on the The Loft Literary Center Board, Ron Schara Productions Board,  The History Theatre Events Committee, CSB/SJU Communications Department guest lecturer. Past work includes Executive Board for the MN Children & Nature Connection; member and Chain of Lakes Rotary STRIVE team leader, Lino Lakes Environmental Board member, and Lino Lakes Parks and Rec Board member.

Additional Work/Bio info. at:


Core Competencies:
* Local/National Television production projects
* Television script writing
* General writing and creative writing
* Client/partner management
* Media Relations
* Office Management, team building
* Special Event planning and execution

Core Content Specialties:
* General Audience * Parenting and Teenagers *Arts *Travel *Fashion *Health/Meniere’s Disease


BA – Four-year student athlete (basketball) with a degree in Mass Communications/minor in English Literature, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa

MA – Master’s Degree in Communications, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.

Side Gigs

Podcast – The Meniere’s Puzzle Podcast,

Write and Be Happy Facebook Page and Blog:

Memberships, Current:  Chain of Lakes Rotary; STRIVE Mentor & Project Leader, Centennial High School; Sisters in Crime International; Twin Cities Chapter of Sister in Crime writing group; Sister’s in Crime Guppy Chapter; Outdoor Writer’s Association of America

Past Boards, volunteer: Executive Board for MN. CNC (MN. Children & Nature Connection); Lino Lakes Environmental Board, Lino Lakes Parks and Rec Board


2020 John Madson Writer’s Fellowship Grant recipient, Outdoor Writer’s Association of America

Six NATAS Midwest Emmy’s;  2020 Public/Current Community Affairs Program, Minnesota Bound, “BWCA At Risk” ; 2018-Backroads on FSN, Producer;   2015 My Last Breath and Triumph Pictures, Producer, TPT;   2002-Minnesota Bound, Producer, Magazine Show

(2012) John Madson Writer’s Fellowship Grant recipient, Outdoor Writer’s Assoc. of America

Eight “Excellence in Craft” Outdoor Writer’s Association first-place awards, Television production categories, writing

Lorian Hemingway Int’l Writing contest, Short-Story Competition, Honorable Mention (2004)

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Scholarship Recipient (3 month, 1992)

Contact Kelly Jo:

Production Office direct – 763-233-0720








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