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Kelly Jones

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Member since 2012


  • Charlottesville, VA


  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About Kelly

I'm a freelance producer and editor based in Charlottesville, VA.
I'm a senior producer for American Prodigies, a series about how Black gymnasts went from the margins to the core of their sport.  I'm also the senior producer for Seizing FreedomSeizing Freedom tells the story of how African Americans took their own freedom during the Civil War,  determined what it would mean to them during Reconstruction, and tried to hold of the brick and mortar of Jim Crow that built up around them in the early 20th century. Our narrative episodes use hundreds of archives to tell stories first-hand. Our interview episodes bring the themes of those stories to the present, through conversations with historians, activists, and artists.  I also edit documentaries from UVA's Race, Religion, and Democracy Lab. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my daughter June and I produced, edited, and hosted an award-winning podcast called Social Distance Assistance. My freelance work has appeared on NPR and the BBC. I once won a Third Coast Short Docs prize for a three-minute story about poutine. Someday, I'll restart my favorite project: a podcast called Do Over that's about the choices we make that determine who we are (and the regrets we might have about that). 
Outside of audio, I've been an ethics professor, a gymnastics coach, and a kung fu student. 

Kelly's Portfolio



  • Story Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Show Development
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Scoring
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Mentoring
  • Interviewing
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing


  • Hindenburg
  • Pro Tools
  • Hard Disc/Flash recorder

Previous Work

  • Producer at CFRU 93.3 FM (2014)
  • Producer at BackStory (2017)
  • Soundscapes Producer at NPM/Creative (NPR) (2019)
  • Show Development Producer/Editor (Freelance) at VPM (February 2021)
  • Senior Producer at Seizing Freedom (VPM + Molten Heart) (April 2022)