Kelly Jo McDonnell, of Lino Lakes, serves as Operations Director/Producer/Writer at RSP (Ron Schara Productions). She has held this title for 22 years, and has extensive experience as a writer, television producer, event coordinator and public relations consultant. Her work is seen on networks such as KARE-11/NBC, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, FOX, ESPN2, The Outdoor Chanel, Sportsmans Channel and RFD TV. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and English Literature from Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, Iowa; her Master’s degree in Communications from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Kelly Jo holds numerous leadership positions and is active in her community, including being a current member of the Lino Lakes Parks & Recreation Board, Chain of Lakes Rotary Club member, Friends of the Anoka County Library member, Parent Support Organization member/Centennial School System, Environmental Board member (2013-2014), City of Lino Lakes. She also is an active member of the freelance media; Columnist/writer for Explore Minnesota, Delta SKY Magazine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN. Parent Magazine, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Explore Travel Magazine, Upsize Magazine, and Minnesota Business Magazine. She has co-edited two books, Minnesota Fishing Guide, and Minnesota Bound, both published by Tristan Publishing.
Kelly Jo has received numerous awards, including: First Place, 2016 Excellence in Craft Contest, Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) Family & youth outdoor category, “Okee Dokee Brothers”; Winner 2015 NATAS EMMY/Midwest for Writer/Producer Documentary Category for “My Last Breath”/Triumph Pictures, 2013/NATAS Emmy Nomination/Magazine TV Show; 2013 Outdoor Writer Award/Family Outdoor Participation Category (TV); 2012 John Madson Fellowship (Outdoor Writers Assoc.); 2012 Outdoor Writer Award/Humor Category (TV); 2004 Honorable Mention-Lorian Hemingway short-story competition; 2002 NATAS Emmy Award/Magazine TV show; 1992 Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Scholarship Award.
She is a current member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), and Minnesota Women in Film and Television (WIFT).
Contact Kelly Jo:
Production Office direct – 763-233-0720