Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News is married to J. David Ake and lives a private life.


Kelly O’Donnell, an American political reporter, can report on any topic, but ask her about her married life, and she will be the perfect private person. Despite being a married woman in the media industry, she has kept the details of her marriage private.

Kelly O’Donnell

Here’s everything we know!

Kelly O’Donnel: Husband David J. Ake Is a Photographer a Journalist?

J. David Ake, O’Donnell’s husband, works as a director of photography for The Associated Press. Prior to his promotion in 2018, he was a deputy chief for visual journalism at The Associated Press’ Washington bureau. Ake is a seasoned photojournalist who has worked for major news organizations such as Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and United Press International. He has traveled to over 60 countries on six continents to cover major events such as the Olympics, over 25 Super Bowls, three presidential campaigns in 2008, 2012, and 2016, the 9/11 terror attacks, and Hurricane Katrina.

From his relationship with Karhryn Ake, Ake has a daughter named Danielle. Danielle, a Northwestern graduate, works as a White House associate producer for CBS News. In a tweet,

Kelly O’Donnell  once mentioned her husband.

O’Donnell has kept her social media accounts separate from her marriage, never updating her fans on her marital status. She has also given no information about when and how she became engaged or married. Having said that, she did make a passing reference to her partner in a tweet.

On June 28, 2011, she posted a photo taken by Alex Brandon and praised it, saying it was worth seeing. The photograph captures an emotional moment. In which a mother planting a kiss on her son’s coffin. On the post, O’Donnell mentioned Ake and suggested he look at the photo.

O’Donnell’s NBC News Career

The news correspondent may not be forthcoming about her personal life, but she is outspoken about her profession. On April 26, 2020, just a day before her 26th year with NBC News, O’Donnell posted a collage of two photos. The first photo was taken on her first day at NBC, and the second was taken in 2020. The comparison, which highlighted her healthy weight gain over the years, was a nod to the media mogul. O’Donnell expressed her gratitude for having been a part of the channel for decades. In December 2007, the Ohio native, promoted to Capitol Hill correspondent after joining NBC News as a reporter in 1994.

She has traveled to 54 countries and covered a wide range of topics for NBC, including sports, politics, and wars. She provides information to NBC shows such as Today, NBC Nightly News, and Meet The Press. Her thrilling and hard-hitting live coverage of an Ohio prison riot earned her a regional Emmy Award. She was also inducted into the Ohio Radio/TV Broadcasters Hall of Fame in September 2004.

Kelly O’Donnell Age and Childhood

O’Donnell was born in Westlake, Ohio, on May 17, 1965. The journalist, who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, went to Northwestern University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social policy. She began her journalism career in 1987 as a reporter and associate producer for WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. After about six years, the 56-year-old left the channel and went to work for NBC News.