Keli Rabon is the newest member of the CALL7 Investigators, bringing a lengthy record of law-changing, viewer-impacting investigations to the team.
Keli's career started at WLOX in Pascagoula, Miss., as a one man band responsible for shooting, editing, and reporting her own stories. As one of her first investigations, she uncovered former meth homes were being bought and sold without the new owner ever knowing about the home's toxic past. The state also had no required cleanup or remediation of meth homes, so unsuspecting families were living and breathing harmful chemicals. The investigation led to new legislation in Mississippi requiring disclosure of meth manufacturing on a property.
After two years in Mississippi, Keli joined WREG in Memphis as an investigative reporter. Her investigations found school administrators covering up violent crimes against students, former city employees abusing the city's taxpayer-funded disability program, and police failing to test thousands of rape kits. Two days after the rape kit investigation aired, Memphis announced sweeping changes to rape kit testing policy, and sent over 2,000 backlogged kits to be tested.
Keli's stories have led to policy changes, state laws, and have ultimately earned Keli numerous regional and national awards. In just the past few years, shes won one National and two Regional RTNDA Murrow Awards for Investigative Reporting; twice a Finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists; a Gracie Award for Investigative Reporting from the Alliance for Women in Media; the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Public Service In Television Journalism and the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists; a two-time finalist for Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for Investigative Reporting (Markets 25+) and has won numerous regional journalism awards including an Emmy.
"Im very blessed to have been honored with some of the highest awards in journalism, but for me, making a difference in peoples lives is whats most rewarding," Keli said.
Most recently Keli worked as the Chief Investigative Reporter at KVUE in Austin, Texas. She grew up in the small town of Schulenburg, Texas and graduated from Texas Lutheran University.
When she is not digging into new stories, Keli enjoys spending time with her adopted Pekingese, Bruiser and looks forward to volunteering with various organizations. She also loves trying new restaurants and has always enjoyed exploring new places, and is so excited that Denver is her new home.