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Kelly Evans (born July 17, 1985 in [Hartford, Connecticut]) is an American journalist and co-anchor of Closing Bell on the CNBC business news channel. She was previously based in CNBC Europe's London, England headquarters from May 2012 to May 2013 and is now based out of CNBC's headquarters in New Jersey. Prior to joining CNBC, she was an economics reporter at The Wall Street Journal where she wrote the "Ahead of the Tape" column, wrote for "Heard on the Street", and hosted the daily "News Hub" on WSJ.com. Before joining CNBC she was a regular guest on various television news programs.
Evans was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Lexington, Virginia, Rockbridge County near the Blue Ridge Mountains. At Rockbridge County High School she earned eight letters in lacrosse, cross country and track.
She was a George Washington Honor Scholar (a competitive four-year full-ride academic scholarship) and graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University. She was a four-time scholar-athlete, co-captain of the women's lacrosse team (First Team All-State, a First-Team All-ODAC and a First Team All-Region selection) and a national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa.
Evans started at the Wall Street Journal in 2007, covering real estate and economics. She also worked there as a reporter for the Global Economics bureau. A Gawker article titled "The Mixed Blessing of Being the Next ‘Money Honey’" discussed Evans' adoring fans. Evans was one of the moderators for a 2012 Republican Primary debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She also moderated a James Carville v. Ann Coulter debate, part of the 25th annual mock convention event at her alma mater. She has been compared with former CNBC host Erin Burnett, who left the cable business channel to anchor a news program on CNN.