Kelly Vaughen is a multimedia journalist at WHNT News 19. Originally from Virginia, the east-coaster is thrilled to make Alabama her home.

Kelly earned her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University in New York.

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Recent Articles
  • Staying safe while mowing your lawn this summer

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — With warm weather here, and more and more people being outdoors working in their lawns, it is important to remember lawnmower safety. “The last thing you want to do is get out there and be careless,” said Bryan Hill, the sales manager of Hill Lawnmower and Chainsaw Inc. He said one of the most common injuries he sees is when people try to change their lawnmower blade. “These blades are sharp in some instances, so if you reach under there, […]

  • New workforce training for high demand jobs comes to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. —  A new vocational training program is opening up, to provide workforce training for high demand jobs here in the Tennessee Valley. So far, organizers say they have 100% job placement of those who have finished the program. The new KTECH labs offer training in mechatronics, robotics, and soldering. Now, KTECH was originally started to provide skills training to children leaving the foster system, but now they’ve offered up their programs and certifications to the public. “Between 75 and 80 percent of […]

  • Beware of these poisonous plants and insects in north Alabama this summer

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — This summer you may have plans to work in your garden or to go hiking, but before you do be sure you and your family know what poisonous plants and insects are common here in the Tennessee Valley. Urban Regional Extension Agent, Marcus Garner, with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says to look out for plants with three leaves, that can be poisonous. Like poison ivy, and poison oak. You can tell the difference between the two because poison […]

  • Attorney General presents Alabama’s plan to fight opioid addiction

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Alabama ranks the highest in the country in the number of opioid prescriptions per capita. According to the Centers for Disease Control Alabama has more opioid prescriptions than people. Attorney General Steve Marshall, meet with healthcare professionals to layout Alabama’s plan to deal with opioid overdoses and addiction in the state. “It’s alarming that we’re number one in opioid prescriptions,” said Marshall. “But I think the more compelling question is, why?” He said he doesn’t have a great answer as […]

  • Man hit by train at Jordan Lane Exit faces life-threatening injuries

    Huntsville, Ala. — A man is at Huntsville Hospital Sunday after he was struck by an oncoming train under the overpass by Exit 17A. Emergency crews say the man is alive but faces life-threatening injuries. Adult man suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by a train on Jordan Lane under the overpass for 565. — Kelly Vaughen WHNT (@KellyVaughen) June 17, 2018 Police say the call came in around 8:00 a.m. The train company, Norfolk Suffolk, called to report […]

  • Science and space takeover downtown Huntsville for 5th annual NASA in the Park

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The 5th annual NASA in the Park event took over Big Spring Park Saturday. The Marshall Space Flight Center and Downtown Huntsville Inc. partnered together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “This is one of the best events all year long because it’s so Huntsville,” said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Hunstville Inc. “It just really epitomizes the quirky, interesting, intelligent, creative place that we are.” “Everybody should walk away and understand what […]

  • Alabama A&M Senior earns trilogy book deal

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Getting a book published is a major accomplishment for anyone, but how about landing a three-book deal, all before graduating from college? An Alabama A&M University student from Huntsville did just that. His first book “Golden Skies” was released Tuesday. It’s 192 pages, painstakingly edited. Each chapter taking days or weeks to write. The book that almost wasn’t published. “99% get rejected. I got rejected 100 times before I got this publishing deal,” said Juan Zapata, the […]

  • Disabled Huntsville man loses everything in early morning house fire

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — A Huntsville home was destroyed in an early morning fire on 8th street. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in 10 minutes and thankfully no one was hurt. The man who lived in that home is a member of 305 8th Street, an organization that provides 24-hour care and supportive services to adults with disabilities that do not qualify for state-waivered services. “It’s just a perfect little house. He was so proud to live […]

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center begins $20 million project to restore rockets

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is launching a new campaign to preserve iconic pieces of America’s space program. The project is expected to cost $20 million. The historic rockets are being taken down to begin a restoration process in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. “With it being just 404 days away, we have to get started now,” said Deborah Barnhart the CEO & Executive Director of the Rocket Center. When that […]

  • New Madison baseball team name to be determined by fans

    MADISON, Ala. — Minor League Baseball is officially coming to Madison. The community gathered with city leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, now it’s time to pick the team’s name. “Something space-related would be good though,” said Steven Buckley. “The Rockets.” “Boy, I tell you what. It’s so obvious to do something like ‘The Rockets’, but it’s got to be something really cool,” said Paul Senato. For the next two weeks, fans are encouraged to submit their name suggestion along with an […]

  • Volunteers gather to give back to the community on Serve Day

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Over 160 volunteers came together to give back to the community Saturday morning. Mount Zion Baptist Church hosted Serve Day 2018, to show some love to the community they said supported them through a hard year. “In the wake of the tragedy, this community was so very kind to us, and loving toward us, so we want to give back love,” said Kevin Moore,  the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Last year, dozens from the Mount Zion Baptist Church were […]

  • Alabama soldier meets his son for the first time after serving in the Middle East

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — More of the 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returned home Wednesday. The soldiers were welcomed by their loved ones at Huntsville International Airport. The men and women of the battalion spent almost 11 months throughout 10 different countries in the Middle East. Bryson Farris served almost a year in Qatar and Kuwait. His son, Ryker, was born four days after he left to serve, “Missing him has been one thing, but this little guy kind of makes it […]