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.

If you run into Kelly stop and say hi! She is excited to meet people in the community, and is always looking for new places to check out.

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Recent Articles
  • Supporters gather for National Women’s March in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Across the world Saturday, thousands of marchers gathered in multiple cities for the 2018 Women’s March. The march celebrates the anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s  March, the largest mass demonstration in the U.S. history. Nicole Lee and her daughter Aleena said they came to the Women’s March in Big Spring Park to stand up for human rights. “I felt this was an opportunity to be an example for my daughter,” Lee said.  “And teach her that resisting […]

  • Rocket City Wranglers Driven to help Emergency Personnel in Bad Weather

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The winter weather we’ve been having means snow days for many, but people in the medical field often still have to work. When the roads get bad, the Rocket City Wranglers provide rides for emergency personnel. “It can be dangerous,” said Constance Morris, a staffing assistant at Huntsville Hospital. “And just the fact that there was somebody there this time to help me get to work, it was a blessing, a true blessing.” ​ The group is a club for […]

  • Customers across north Alabama asked to cut back on electricity starting at 3pm because of extreme cold

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to cut back on energy usage starting at 3pm Tuesday and lasting until further notice because of the extremely cold temperatures. A news release from Huntsville Utilities stresses that the voluntary curtailment will be most important during peak hours, which are between 5 and 9 a.m. as well as between 6 and 10 p.m. Huntsville Utilities wants customers “to keep electric usage at an absolute minimum, eliminating any unnecessary electric […]

  • Seeking Relief: Remedies for Battling the Flu

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The flu outbreak in Alabama is so widespread, Governor Ivey has declared a state of emergency. The antiviral Tamiflu is one of the most common prescription treatments for the flu, but some people prefer over the counter or natural remedies. Darden Heritage is the pharmacist at Star Discount Pharmacy, and he said they’ve been packed with, “People that are starting to get symptoms, something for chest congestion, head congestion, aches.” He said along with over the counter treatments, a […]

  • Future Toyota-Mazda plant expected to greatly impact the local economy

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant coming to Huntsville will certainly bring a lot of change along with it. Huntsville beat out the competition to become the home of the future plant that will produce around 300,000 vehicles a year. Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough said the site for the future plant is about perfect. It’s almost level, it has railways, the Tennessee River and a  nuclear power plant. “You’re not gonna find a better site,” Yarbrough said. “And once we had that and […]

  • Alabama students compete to design and build cities of the future

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Middle school students from across Alabama competed in the Alabama Regional Future City Competition. Fifteen teams of middle schoolers competed to design and build a city of the future, this year’s theme was an age-friendly city. “One of our innovations in our city is our AGED bracelets, or adaptive geriatric electronic devices, which are kind of like a Fitbit and an Apple watch put together,” said Brady, an eighth-grader from Central School in Huntsville. The Central School named […]

  • Old Greenbrier Restaurant patrons react to the future Toyota-Mazda plant

    MADISON Ala. — Next to the site of the future Toyota-Mazda plant is the Old Greenbrier Restaurant, a community staple that has been around for over 60 years. “It makes me want to sing Green Acres coming out here,” said Marcus Cochran, an Old Greenbrier patron. “It has that feel to it. But the people in here are just good ol’ country people.” Cochran said he goes to the Old Greenbrier Restaurant to get away from it all and enjoy […]

  • Huntsville genetics program diagnoses children with previously unexplained conditions

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — A Madison family finally found a diagnosis for their four-year-old daughter thanks to the work of a Huntsville childhood genetic disorders program. Victor and Jennette Vega knew their daughter Tiana was falling behind, but doctors had no diagnosis for her condition. “I would say things like, ‘Tiana come on its time to go, get in the truck.’ And she would walk outside and she would get into the truck and climb into her car seat and everything,” said Jennette […]

  • Randolph School temporarily shuts down high school campus due to sick students and teachers

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Randolph School closed its Upper School on Wednesday because of an “unusually high rate of faculty and student absences” of sick students and teachers. The high school on the Garth Road campus closed early Tuesday afternoon, and entirely on Wednesday because the school said a substantial number of teachers and students went home sick with flu-like symptoms. Nurse practitioner Kayla Vaden said she has seen a lot of people coming in with the flu this year. “The flu has been […]

  • Alabama-Georgia Championship game is the second most watched ever

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — This year’s College Football Playoff National Championship was the second most watched cable presentation ever. More than 28 million viewers watched the Crimson Tide beat the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime Monday night. Radio host of The Cube Show on The UMP sports radio, Cole Cubelic, said this championship win carries extra excitement for Alabama fans this year. “A lot of guys calling in saying they’re just gonna enjoy it, they’re happy, they’re excited,” Cubelic said. “This is […]

  • Alabama fans celebrate National Championship win

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama fans are riding high after Monday night’s championship win over the Georgia Bulldogs. WHNT News 19’s Kelly Vaughen spoke with Alabama fans, Auburn fans turned Alabama fans, and even one man from Georgia who’s repping the Crimson Tide. Here’s what Alabama fans at The Blue plate Cafe had to say after the game.

  • Protecting yourself and others from the flu

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The flu is hammering Alabama hard this year, with most of the state experiencing widespread flu activity, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. “It does seem to be one of the stronger flu seasons we’ve had in some time,” said Dr. David Huff, with Huntsville Hospital Employee Health Clinic at Research Park. Doctor Huff said flu symptoms might start with a sore throat or a cough, and can develop into head and body aches, fever, and fatigue. But […]