By: Dean Perretta
Kelsey N. Nelson is an Award-winning Broadcast Journalist for the Washington, D.C-based radio station FOX Sports 96.9 FM/1340 AM (“Listen In With KNN”); Kelsey is an accomplished Court-side Reporter for the popular ‘Big East basketball’, and is a credentialed Journalist for CSN/SB Nation coupled with being accredited Court side Analyst for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Ms. Nelson, is a Georgetown University alumna where she graduated with her MPS degree in Sports Industry Management with a concentration in Digital Media, Strategic Marketing and Communications.
The multi-talented Maryland native – is also a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a certificate in African-American studies. 
Kelsey was mentored by Howard University alum and Award-winning Connecticut-based Broadcast Journalist/Reporter,Michael T. Lyle, Jr.

The amiable Broadcast Journalist/Reporter who’s a native of Montgomery County, MD and is an alumna of Clarksburg High School, was officially invited as a guest of honor at the White House was in attendance for the 2015 Minnesota Lynx WNBA and 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series championship ceremonies.

Kelsey Nelson pictured at White House
The prodigious ever-rising 25-year-old “Listen In With KNN” Broadcast Journalist has also officially served as a Reporter for Laurel TV, The Round-ball Report, Sideline/Multimedia Reporter for HSRN and Washington D.C. Metro Area Broadcast Media.


Nelson has the distinct honor of being crowned the 2015 Ms. Maryland African-American title.

In addition, to success in the world of media and communications, Kelsey, has embarked on a positive series of community-related philanthropic projects which main objectives are to: give back, inspire and empower lives such as Nelson‘s non-profit organization with fellow University of Maryland-College Park students and alumni entitled “Books Breaking Borders:” Books to End Educational Bankruptcy, which ensures that Nelson‘s dynamic and unique voice is heard beyond just a microphone.

Relating to Nelson’s charitable initiative “Books Breaking Borders: Books to End Educational Bankruptcy”, the Marylander’s ultimate goal is to essentially reduce illiteracy rates among minority children, thus ensuring that the United States polarizing educational system leaves no child behind. However, since the inception of her show which airs on FOX Sports Radio 96.9/1340 AM’s titled “Listen In With KNN”, the Maryland-born presenter has upped the ante vociferously. 

Nelson has embraced stepping out of her comfort zone, admittedly basketball, football and baseball into a once unfamiliar territory with great transition and ease, notably discussing global sports trending topics and matters on “Listen In With KNN” such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fiasco and Manchester City’s 2017-2018

Ms. Nelson at the Alliance Afro Ameri Athletes Awards which helps youth achieve excellence & reach their highest potential

one-sided domination in the English Premier League. “Listen In With KNN” is a honest, insightful and refreshing Professional Sports talk show underpinned from a female’s perspective.

“Listen In With KNN” has warmly welcomed a marquee litany of diverse celebrity special guests throughout the DMV area, as well as noteworthy superstars across the United States and internationally with a ‘who’s who’ including: “Big Baller Brand,” [father of Los Angeles Lakers guard, Lonzo Ball]; CEO LaVar Ball, “Rutten and Ranallo” co-host/UFC Hall of Famer/CBS “Kevin Can Wait” Actor Bas Rutten, coupled alongside forthcoming must-listen “Listen In With KNN” appearances from E! television star of “WAGS of Atlanta” and Ring of Honor sensation Brandi Rhodes, 6-time Women’s Professional Boxing Champion and Combate Americas superstar Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano and ESPN’s Jay Harris.

This summer, Nelson’s FIFA World Cup 2018 Kick-Off Show takes over “Listen In With KNN” and guarantees special guest appearances, including FOX Sports Soccer Analyst and U.S soccer legend, Cobi Jones.

Heralded “Listen In With KNN” segment “Doing Good” richly celebrates inspirational and unsung heroes within the community in Washington, D.C and around the entire world who are motivating, uplifting and inspiring others in deeds, words and ethos to create a better community and brighter tomorrow.
Ms. Nelson has recently hosted the successful charity event ‘Crawfish for Cancer’ at the 6th Annual DC Bowl in Washington, D.C which aired live on-air in conjunction with FOX Sports Radio 96.9 FM/1340 AM.
Since the very successful inception of “Listen In With KNN”, the unique D.C-based show has steadily grown and reached international markets such as the United Kingdom, Canada and across Europe with a positive mission statement of FOX Sports 96.9FM/1340 AM’s “Listen In With KNN” to strategically connect and resonate with global audiences in the Latin Americas, Middle East, Asia as well as South America and the rest of the world.
“Listen In With KNN” is a self-funded project without any form of monetary assistance or public grants or funds from hierarchy in Washington, D.C. and has seemingly gone beyond the call of duty and has labored very arduously in order to consistently serve listeners with a highly polished and pristine packed presentation which inspires and informs; Also, it continues to forge its unique identity as well evolving and growing to interact with more unique listeners around the entire globe, whereas “Listen In With KNN” has tackled hard-hitting subject matters, while producing original stories which separates the show from other programming within the contemporary sports media market.
All episodes of  “Listen In With KNN” are  available  on iTunes and Google Play–also, Nelson’s show has since been announced as an official sponsor of the – Nevada-based sports bet company ‘Doc Sports.’

The irrepressible and united quintet of Kelsey N. Nelson, Glenwood Thomas, Michael T. Lyle Jr, Dean Perretta and Quintin Green have worked with excellent solidarity, cohesive togetherness and consummate second to none professional understanding to further establish “Listen In With KNN” not only in the Greater D.C Area, but around the entire globe.

Kelsey with former Washington Redskins legend & Super Bowl champion Brian Mitchell