Keli Rabon joined KHOU 11 Investigates in August 2016. As an investigative reporter, she is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless by uncovering government waste, investigating criminal justice issues, and exposing businesses ripping off consumers.
While Keli has spent much of her life in Texas – she was born in Houston, grew up in Schulenburg, and graduated from Texas Lutheran University – her career has taken her across the country, changing local policies and state laws in every place she’s worked.
Her investigations into untested rape kits, the evidence provided to police by sex assault victims after an attack, have produced policy and law changes in Tennessee and Colorado. As a result, more than 20,000 rape kits have been tested -- helping to solve crimes across the country and bringing victims steps closer to justice.
While working at WREG in Memphis, her investigation into unreported crimes in schools led to the prosecution of school employees for failing to report crimes against students on campus. She also exposed former Memphis city employees abusing the city's disability program, prompting an overhaul of the taxpayer-funded system.
At WLOX in Mississippi, her series on former meth homes revealed properties 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 a new law requiring disclosure of meth manufacturing on a property.
Rabon has won numerous national awards, including the 2014 duPont-Columbia Award, two Sigma Delta Chi awards, the Edward R. Murrow for Investigative Reporting, two Gracies from Alliance for Women in Media, a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and is a four-time finalist for the IRE Award. She has also won numerous regional journalism awards including three Emmys.
When she’s not digging up stories, Keli enjoys hanging out with her “House of B’s” – her husband Brandon, their son Braeden, and their adopted Pekingese, Bruiser. She also enjoys volunteering with Junior League, binge-watching series on Netflix, and mentoring young journalists.