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
  • Local businesses encourage holiday shopping close to home with shop Alabama for the holidays campaign

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” statewide tour came to Huntsville on Friday. The effort encourages shoppers to spend their holiday dollars right here at home. “We’re here encouraging people to shop Alabama,” said Melissa Warnke, the Manager of Communications and Engagement at The Alabama Retail Association. “To support our wonderful retailers who make our community a vibrant place,” she added. The Alabama Retail Association celebrated the start of the campaign in Huntsville at Harrison Brothers Hardware. “We […]

  • An End in Sight for the South Parkway Construction Project

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The construction project on South Parkway has been going on for nearly two years. It is now expected to be finished a year ahead of schedule. Construction crews poured concrete on the southbound bridge deck of the overpass at Logan Drive and Lily Flagg Road, marking phase two of the $53.9 million project. Construction began in December, 2015. Phase one, the Martin Road Project, was completed in August, nearly four months ahead of schedule. Phase two is […]

  • Turkey Drive Running Short: Downtown Rescue Mission needs your help

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville’s Downtown Rescue Mission is in urgent need of turkeys. The mission feeds thousands of homeless people and families in need every Thanksgiving season, and this year they are short on supplies. “We’re in great need of turkeys right now,” said Keith Overholt the President and CEO of Downtown Rescue Mission. “We can either have people drop them off here at the mission or if they give a monetary gift we get a tax deduction so we […]

  • Grissom High School senior is honored as a hero after saving a man’s life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A senior at Grissom High School was honored as a hero on Monday for saving a man’s life. The Junior Reserve Training Corps’ mission is “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” Grissom High school senior, Jaylon DeCrow, is more than a good citizen, she’s a hero. Jaylon was honored for her heroic actions that saved a man’s life after he was thrown over the guardrail in a motorcycle crash in South Huntsville on September 21st. […]

  • New trial request denied for Huntsville man convicted of double murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  A Huntsville man convicted of killing two brothers at a local church food bank will not get a new day in court as of now. Richard Burgin was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal stabbings of Anthony and Terry Jackson, at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church food bank in May 2013. Both the jury and the judge decided Burgin was guilty, but chose to sentence him to life in prison without parole, instead of […]

  • Never-before-seen undercover footage emerges in Lawrence County murder-for-hire plot

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – More details have emerged in the foiled murder-for-hire plot that landed a Town Creek woman, Sandra Treadway, in prison with a 60-year sentence. It all started in November of 2015, when Sandra Treadway attempted to hire a hitman to murder Lyndsey Grindol, the mother of her grandson, in order to prevent her from gaining custody of the child. After learning of her plan, authorities were able to conduct an undercover meeting with Treadway, where she unknowingly […]

  • Another wreck in same location on Highway 72 raises safety questions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A wreck on Highway 72 East caused traffic delays in Huntsville early Monday morning, but this wasn’t the first time a major wreck happened in the area. The wreck between an 18-wheeler and an SUV happened around 5:30 a.m. in front of the Citgo Gas Station, just east of Shields Road.  Ronnie Mires was working at the Citgo at the time of the crash. “I heard the crash, it was extremely loud, from inside the store,” Mires […]

  • Chick-fil-A opens temporary pop-up location in Hazel Green

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. — Chick-fil-A made its way to Hazel Green Friday, but not in the way that you may think. Huntsville Chick-fil-A manager Joe Harris brought a pop-up Chick-fil-A to the Bruce’s Foodland to test the market. Harris said many customers asked when Chick-fil-A would come to the area, and said he thought it was time they got one. “We decided to come and serve them out here while we could until Chick-fil-A corporate decides to build a building out […]

  • See how your donations to The Great Diaper Drive are helping our community

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — This year’s Great Diaper Drive collected a record-breaking number of diapers and wipes for those in need in the Tennessee Valley. Over 147,000 diapers were donated, with more still coming in. The diapers were collected at the North Alabama Food Bank, and will be distributed to over 250 charitable organizations in the area. Executive Director at the food bank, Shirley Schofield, says the diapers will have a direct impact on our community. “We don’t want anyone to […]

  • Inclusion Drives Innovation – Basketball star speaks about overcoming disabilities

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center celebrated how “Inclusion drives Innovation” on the last day of National Disability Awareness Month. Marshall has a goal to increase the hiring of people with disabilities. The Director of the Marshall Center Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Loucious Hires, says it’s not about hitting hiring numbers, it’s about finding the best people for the job. “There’s untapped talent and our goal is to tap into it,” Hires explained. “It’s important to […]

  • #RedWhiteBlueHsv – Mayor Battle launches patriotic campaign to honor the military

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — With Veterans Day around the corner, the city of Huntsville is launching a new campaign to support current and former military. Huntsville Mayor, Tommy Battle announced the Show Your #RedWhiteBlueHsv campaign on Monday. How will you show your #RedWhiteBlueHsv colors to celebrate #VeteransDay? Don't forget to use the hashtag on Twitter & Instagram. — City of Huntsville (@huntsvillecity) October 30, 2017 From November 2nd-12th he is asking residents to wear red, white, and blue, or to […]

  • The Garage at Clinton Row reveals its final store

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — The final shop to join The Garage at Clinton Row has been revealed. J. Kennedy Clothing Company is filling the last vacancy at The Garage in downtown Huntsville. Owners Anusha Alapati and Meagan Tortorigi have been revealing clues to the store on social media and unveiled the logo for their business at the Clinton Avenue Block Party on Friday. The owners say the store is a boutique for women’s clothes, gifts and accessories, inspired by the classic style […]