Downingtown High School Grad, News Anchor in Pittsburgh Weathers Her Fair Share of Storms

Kelly Frey

Kelly Frey, a Downingtown High School graduate and anchor on ABC’s Action News in Pittsburgh, has faced a number of challenges and emerged stronger than ever, writes Caroline John for

Frey is one of the most liked personalities at ABC’s Pittsburgh affiliate, WTAE. She fell in love with her adopted city, while studying at the University of Pittsburgh. After moving away to start her broadcast career, she returned to join WTAE in 2000.

In 2009, her son was born with Dandy-Walker syndrome, a congenital brain malformation. Frey and her husband, Jason Luhn, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, feared that their son did not have long, but he defied the odds and pulled through.

In January 2017, Frey was diagnosed with breast cancer. She announced her diagnosis on air to viewers and later shaved her head during a Facebook Live broadcast. She then kept her fans updated on social media while continuing to work.

Her inspiring persona has also earned her awards, including Pittsburgher of the Year in 2017 and the Gracie Award in 2018.

Read more about Kelly Frey at here.

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