Kelley joined the WHNT News 19 team in May of 2018. She comes to the Tennessee Valley from the Midwest, but grew up in California.

She previously worked as a reporter for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While in the Mount Rushmore State she covered several different kinds of stories spanning state and local government, severe weather and even the 75th annual Stugis Rally.

She is the recipient of a Sevareid Award for investigative journalism.

Kelley graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and she made her reporting debut in Helena, Montana.

Kelley is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Her family is from Madison. She looks forward to being near family and friends.

She loves the outdoors. In her spare time you can find her fishing, hiking or exploring Northeast Alabama.

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Recent Articles
  • Ardmore High officials consider changing graduation dress code to be more inclusive

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Some are calling it a break in tradition while others are saying it’s a step forward. On Wednesday, the Ardmore High School principal announced that students will be able to advocate to wear certain cords at graduation. For the past 30 years, only students who have been part of Beta or had academic excellence could wear a cord while they walk across the stage. Parents of students who have been recognized at the Limestone County Career […]

  • A message to gun owners: don’t leave firearms in unlocked cars

    MADISON, Ala. – Gun violence is an issue taking center stage for law enforcement agencies across the country. The Madison Police Department has a message for drivers saying they may hold a key to help decrease it. It’s simple. Don’t leave firearms in unlocked vehicles. Some drivers have learned to lock their car doors the hard way. “I’ve had people just around here take stuff out of my car. I left it unlocked. I went to the store and they took […]

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases rising in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This story might tick you off. The number of cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Alabama nearly doubled from 2015 to 2016. Since Memorial Day right around the corner and many people are preparing to get outside, the Alabama Department of Public Health wants to warn people to be on the lookout for ticks. Most kids don’t get to play with goats every day at school. But at the Country Day School in Huntsville being outdoors is […]

  • Fallen hero greeted by procession organized by Madison community members

    MADISON, Ala. – A hero arrived home Friday. Nine Puerto Rico National Guardsmen were killed when a cargo plane crashed on the highway in Savannah, Georgia. The group, nicknamed the “Bucaneros”, were tasked with flying the C-130 to Arizona where it was about to be retired. The co-pilot, 1st Lt. David Albandoz lived in Madison with his family. His body arrived at the Huntsville International Airport a little before 5:00 p.m. The Madison Police Department, the Patriot Guard Riders of Alabama […]

  • A parent’s guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale

    It’s being touted as the most addictive game of 2018 by blogs and newsstands across the country. Fortnite is taking over the internet.  Since it launched last year it has grown to have more than 40 million users worldwide and many of those users are kids. 8-year-old Christopher Self  has found a new favorite game. “You can’t really resist playing the game,” he said. It’s fun that is drawing in the whole family, mom included. Christopher’s mom, Jenifer Mcclendon, is […]

  • Madison community comes together to plan procession for fallen airman

    MADISON, Ala. – It’s been almost two weeks since a military cargo plane crashed on a busy Georgia highway killing all of those on board. The investigation into what caused the crash is still underway. All nine crew members that died in the crash were members of the Puerto Rican National Guard. Officials say the plane had just completed routine maintenance. One of the men on that plane was 1st LT. David Albandoz who was living in Madison with his […]

  • What parents should know about an online game sweeping the globe

    It’s being touted as the most addictive game of 2018 by blogs and new stands across the country. Fortnite: Battle Royale is taking over the internet. Since it launched last year it has grown to have more than 40 million users worldwide and many of those users are kids. WHNT News 19 investigates what parents should know about one of the world’s most popular online video games, get the details Thursday at 10 p.m.

  • Judge orders crooked contractor to pay restitution to homeowner

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – A widow from Lawrence County has been in a living nightmare for three years, but a ruling handed down by a judge Tuesday is going to help her rest a little easier. In 2015 Kimberly Clemons paid a contractor $21,000 to remodel her mobile home. He took the money, but the repairs were never completed. Earlier this year she filed charges and Tony Hill was found guilty of misdemeanor home repair fraud. Tuesday he was ordered […]

  • Will Supreme Court’s ruling affect Alabama gambling laws?

    The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that any state in the country should decide for itself if they want to allow sports gambling. The justices said it violated constitutional principles of state’s rights. Since the decision stock prices for gambling providers like Caesars Entertainment have gone up. Many states have already passed laws preparing for the Supreme court’s decision and several others are following suit as they prepare legislation to create legal sports betting. But Alabama isn’t in a rush […]

  • DMV mails out to 50,000 old or duplicate registration suspension notices

    People across our state say a mistake made by the Department of Motor Vehicles is grinding their gears. In April, a communication error occurred between the DMV and its central mailing room. Since then, up to 50, 000  old and duplicate vehicle suspension notices were mailed out. The director of the DMV says it was a glitch. Scott Duncan received a letter in the mail last week telling him that his registration was going to be suspended because he didn’t have […]

  • The force is strong at Toy Box Bistro

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you’re a Star Wars fan you already know what day it is, but for those don’t, it’s May the Fourth, also known as the unofficial Star Wars Day. To mark the occasion, Star Wars fans are flocking to Toy Box Bistro in Huntsville. “I mean ever since I was a kid I’ve been in love with space travel and Star Wars,” fan Thomas Hawkins said. It’s the restaurants busiest day of the year. “It is all […]

  • Huntsville churches unite for National Day of Prayer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday marks the annual National Day of Prayer. Across the country, people are praying for America. In Huntsville, several prayer events were held across the city, including at the courthouse. In the spirit of unity, First Baptist Church and First Missionary Baptist Church each held a prayer event and invited their congregations to attend “to be a picture to the community of the unity that we can have in Jesus Christ,” explained First Missionary Baptist Church member Tammy […]