From his birth in 1989 all the way to graduation, John had a fairly normal life. He took up an internship at his local news station and slowly worked his way up from there until he was doing local reports and correspondence in neighboring counties.
In 2008, he was offered a job at CNN and moved to New York City, though he still kept in constant contact with his family, especially his sister.. He didn't have the heart to tell them that his current job at CNN was mainly fetching coffee for the main newscasters.
In 2010, he was finally recognized for his potential (maybe it had something to do with all the letters he sent, but who knows?), and was promoted to a correspondence position. John went on to do numerous reports on the situations in Afghanistan, the effects of the 2009 incident in Chernarus, the Ebola Scare, as well as other such reports.
In 2017, John and his news team (Moblie News Team 7), went into Chernarus once more with US Forces to do a report about the recent rising tensions between Russia and Chernarus and incidents involving a supposed illness.
Then all hell broke loose.
"We're live with John Kellman and Mobile News Team 7's coverage of the escalating situation in Chernarus. John I've been hearing reports of Russian forces increasing their bombing runs in areas. Can you tell me anything about this?"
"Thanks Becky. Uh, yes, The Russian military and CDF have multiplied their efforts to support ground forces. From what I've been able to gather, it's in order to contain the infection."
"Why would they be doing that?"
"I've been asking that question all morning, Jim. And I have yet to receive an answer. Everyone here is remaining tight-lipped about this. Just before we started rolling, actually, I-I asked an officer if there was an information he could release for the public, and he simply told me the situation was under control. The Army has mainly stayed grouped up here at Chernogorsk, one of the biggest cities. Other than that I don't know."
"Shouldn't the Army be mobilizing to assist CDF forces on the ground?"
"The marines got sent to support another one of the cities, but the Army has stayed here. It doesn't look like they're trying to mobilize, Becky, it looks more like they're digging in for an attack.-"
*Several gunshots are suddenly heard in the background. John jerks his head to the left looking off-screen. A group of about ten soldiers, both Russian and American, can be seen running past in the back ground. Several shouts and calls in alarm can be heard. John speaks, but it seems to be directed more to his crew than to the newscasters.*
"Did you hear that?"
John? John, what's going on? John?"
"One moment Becky. Uh... Huh. Uhhh... Hold on, hold on, hold on."
*He shouts to a soldier running past.*
"Hey, what's going? What's happening?"
"An attempted breach of the line. Don't worry about it."
*John turns back to the camera.*
"Becky it appears that a situation is forming on the defensive perimeter on the line. I'm going to-."
*Several more shots are heard.*
"I'm going to look into this an get right back to you. Hold on."
*The video feed ends.*
John and his crew were in Chernogorsk the day the line fell apart to the infected.
"We're live at Chernarus. John?"
*The background is standing inside of the lobby of the building he was in front of during the first broadcast. He is noticeably more nervous.*
"Becky, the situation has escalated greatly since we last spoke. Numerous infected individuals have attempted to breach the defensive boundary surrounding Chernogorsk. They do not appear to be listening to commands or warnings, it is almost like they are in a frenzy."
*The whoosh of a jet is heard, and a few seconds later an explosion. Gunshots are heard much more frequently now. single shots and bursts coming seconds apart.*
"It appears air forces have become involved now as well, uhhh, we may need to consider moving. What?"
*He looks off-screen,*
"Apologies Jim, Becky, we're being told we need to turn the cameras off."
He barely escaped with his life.
*The distant gunshots are much closer now. A CDF soldier and police officer can be seen firing at something off-screen.*
"No. no. I think we're good for now. Just get ready to move."
"Becky, the situation in Chernogorsk has reached dangerous levels. The defensive line surrounding the city has broken and infected people are working their way through the city at an alarming rate. We're just about to head for the shore and try to get a boat. None of the aircraft is risking landing here. It is bad here, Becky."
*A horrid, ragged scream is heard. The camera pans and zooms in on the soldier and police officer. Their firing grows more frantic. The officer pauses to reload just as two people in civilian clothes, one a man, the other a woman, tackle the soldier to the ground and start ripping into him, screaming madly. The officer points his gun at the infected, before looking to where they came from. The policeman breaks into a run and disappears around the corner of a building.*
"Jesus Christ! Go, go, run! Run! Becky, Jim, the Chernarus situation is not contained! I say again, the Chernarus infection is not contained! Oh Jesus God there is more of them! Go! Run!"
That was the last broadcast he made. John managed to bribe himself onto a small boat that took them out to a ship. They tried to gather themselves there, but just as they thought they were home free, a massive storm swamped the ship and forced them back to shore. Over the next few weeks, John and his team dwindled one by one until only he was left.
Now, John Kellman is less worried about his next big story, and more worried about surviving and getting out of Chernarus with is life. More importantly, he wants to get out and make sure his family is okay and still alive.
After about three weeks of holding out in the shattered husk of a freight ship, John made the long, dangerous trek to Green Mountain, in an attempt to broadcast a distress signal to the outside, to no avail. He eventually fell into league with a group of survivors, and has been with them since.