James Kelly originally hails from Northern Ireland and moved to England to study International Relations and Politics at the University of Chester in 2014. At university, he got a wide range of experience, including as campus editor for the student news website, The Tab and with a work placement at ITV on the This Morning news desk. Following university, James trained at News Associates in Manchester, gaining an NCTJ accredited diploma in multimedia journalism. During his time on the course, James got a job at the Congleton Chronicle as a trainee reporter, before moving into the role of area reporter for Sandbach.