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John A. Kelly

John Andrew Kelly (November 30, 1943 – June 28, 1978) was an American investigative journalist in Boston, Massachusetts.

Early life

Kelly was born in the The Boston Globe Magazine in 1973, titled "The Sisters and the Kids"

Military service

After graduating St. Columbkille School, John joined the U.S. Air Force. He left Brighton for basic training at Lackland AFB, on July 1, 1961, aged 17. After basic training, he was deployed to what was then Formosa, where he started his radio career in Armed Forces Radio. After returning to the United States he was stationed in Maryland. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Air Force, he took a job with Metropolitan Life Insurance and married Michele Larichiuta in 1964.


In 1967, the family moved to Brighton, Massachusetts, where he worked for Ross Laboratories. !n 1968, he joined Chappaquiddick incident three hours before any other station in the country had the story.

In 1970, he joined WBZ (AM) News, where he significantly contributed as investigative reporter for several years, earning awards for excellence in reporting from United Press International. Kelly joined WNAC-TV in 1974 as an investigative reporter.


John Kelly died in the Blackfriars Massacre in 1978, aged 34. He is survived by his wife, four children, and one sister.


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