Joe Kelly has more than 30 years of professional writing experience, including 20 years at the Utica Observer-Dispatch, first as a reporter, then as a columnist, the first full time columnist in the newspaper’s history. On December 1, 2001, he purchased the Boonville Herald & Adirondack Tourist in Boonville, N.Y. and writes a weekly column for the newspaper.
He hosts "The Joe Kelly Show," broadcast weekly on WUTR, an ABC television station in Utica, NY. He also hosts a variety of special programs at WUTR.
Joe is an organizer of the Boilermaker Road Race, the biggest 15-K race in the United States, and has served as assistant race director and as vice president of the Boilermaker’s board of directors. He is one of the founders of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica and served as its first executive director.
He has run races throughout the United States, including nine marathons, and was one of those selected to carry the Olympic Flame as part of the Torch Relay Run leading up to the Olympic Games held in Atlanta in 1996.
Joe has written six books. For several years he hosted a talk show on Utica radio station WIBX. Before beginning his journalism career, Joe was an administrative assistant to State Senator James H. Donovan and before that was an assistant to Utica Mayor Michael Caruso.
Joe was appointed Oneida County’s official historian by County Executive Ralph Eannace in 1997 and served in that position until 1999.
Joe has served on the board of directors of several community organizations, including the Boonville-Oneida County Fair, the Oneida County Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Heart Association and the Oneida County Historical Society.
Joe has been honored numerous times for his civic work in behalf of organizations, including the Boilermaker, American Heart Association, Salvation Army, National Center For Missing & Exploited Children, Utica Roadrunners Club, Association of Retarded Citizens, State University of New York, Oneida County Historical Society, and he is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow.