Lisa Kelly (trucker)

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Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly in Chile.
Born (1980-12-08) December 8, 1980 (age 36)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Wasilla, Alaska
Nationality American
Occupation Trucker
Known for
Spouse(s) Traves (Travis) Kelly (m. 2008)[1]

Lisa Kelly (born December 8, 1980) is an American trucker who has been featured on the History channel reality television series Ice Road Truckers and its spinoff series IRT: Deadliest Roads. From Seasons 3–5 and 7–10. Ice Road Truckers has followed Kelly and her fellow drivers as they make their way along the icy Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, frequently hauling "oversized" loads. Kelly has also made appearances in Seasons 1–2 of IRT: Deadliest Roads. Kelly was notable as the only female trucker featured in the series until Maya Sieber joined in Season 5. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, she now resides in Wasilla, Alaska.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born on December 8, 1980,[4] in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her family moved to a mini farm in Sterling, Alaska when she was six years old. She returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan for college, attending Cornerstone University for one semester before deciding it was not for her.[5]


Prior to her appointment as an Ice Road Trucker, Kelly worked as a school bus driver and motocross rider.[6] She also worked at gas stations, and a pizza company[5] and was a state freestyle motocross champion. After these ventures, she decided to settle on a long term-career and trained as a trucker because it 'looked interesting'. She subsequently got a job driving for Carlile Transportation, an Alaskan haulage company. Being a woman, Kelly says this was a difficult achievement. "I had to work twice as hard. I had to pull my weight and everybody else's and get the job done as fast, or faster";[7]

TV appearances[edit]

Kelly is one of the truckers for the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers. She first appeared in season 3 (Seasons 1 and 2 had been set in Canada) in 2009, as the only woman.[7][8] She subsequently took part in season 4 (in 2010)[8] and season 5 and 7.

She also took part in the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads[9][10] along with Rick Yemm, Dave Redmon and Alex Debogorski[11] trucking in the Himalayas in India; in a later season, she drove in Bolivia and Peru.

Journalist Kaye O'Hara claims that Kelly was offered a contract to return to the show for season six, but she declined it. According to show's producer Kelly was taking a year off.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Kelly married her husband Traves, after dating him for four years. He is full Aleut Native Alaskan and an avid dirtbiker.[5] They have no children. Her hobbies include motocross, horse riding, skydiving, hang gliding and snowboarding.[5] She owns a miniature horse, named Rocky[13] and a cat named Tanzi.[14] Prior to the filming of Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads in the Himalayas, Kelly had decided that she would find and carry around a puppy for the show.[15] On the show she named this puppy Rampur Jackson, and the dog's feeding/watering on the road was primarily handled by her Indian helper, Tashi.[16] The dog was given away to one of the show's producers upon completion of filming.[17]


  1. ^ "The Official Lisa Kelly Web Site". 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  2. ^ Retrieved November 14, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ "'Ice Road Truckers' Star Lisa Kelly Talks Danger and Earning Respect". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Lisa Kelly - Info". Facebook. 1980-12-08. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About me". 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  6. ^ "Season 5 Truckers — Ice Road Truckers —". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ a b Lisa Kelly cuts pretty figure on "Ice Road Truckers", Daily News (New York), May 28, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  8. ^ a b Lisa Kelly – Ice Road Trucker, North Shore Journal, June 21, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  9. ^ "Lisa Kelly — IRT Deadliest Roads —". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  10. ^ Chris Jordan, "Ice Road Truckers" Star Lisa Kelly Talks Danger and Earning Respect, Huff, September 29, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  11. ^ "Season 2: South America — IRT Deadliest Roads —". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  12. ^ "'Ice Road Truckers': Thom Beers Addresses the Question, 'Where Is Lisa Kelly?'". Kate O'Hare's Hot Cuppa TV blog (June 25, 2012). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  13. ^ "Rocky's World". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  14. ^ "Tanzi's Album". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  15. ^ "Whatever Happened To Rampur Jackson? | Page 4 | Book Preview". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Whatever Happened To Rampur Jackson? | Page 16 | Book Preview". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  17. ^ "The Official Lisa Kelly Web Site". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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