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Kristen is a reporter/multimedia journalist for WHNT News 19 in Huntsville, hired in July 2014.

In May 2012, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications, majoring in Journalism and with a minor in Political Science. Before that, she was Valedictorian of the Sussex Technical High School Class of 2008 in Delaware.

A Seaford, Delaware native, Kristen most recently worked for WVVA News in Bluefield, West Virginia where she covered Southern WV and Southwestern VA. She began her time at WVVA as the Greenbrier County bureau chief in July 2012 serving the Greenbrier Valley.

Kristen is passionate about the craft of journalism and excited to begin a new chapter in Huntsville. You will likely find her exploring the city, specifically the great restaurants. She loves a good shoe sale, and appreciates a friendly smile.

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Recent Articles
  • Therapists: Help is out there for children affected by trauma

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT)– After an attempted murder and suicide last weekend, a family is torn apart. Trinity police say Adrian Wray shot himself after wounding his wife, and their 5-year-old son saw it happen. Their 15-year-old daughter called 911. Police say it’s a good thing she was able to remain calm enough to tell dispatchers her address as well as additional details to help them find the home, such as what types of cars they would see on the driveway. […]

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    Senior Center coming to Gurley

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT)– Soon, Gurley will have its very first senior center. Madison County Commissioners say it’s been a long time coming, and they’re hoping it brings more energy to the community it will serve. Commissioner Eddie Sisk said the facility will give seniors a place to gather, a place that’s just for them. It will be fun, but also, provide some services that can keep them feeling young. “They’ll come in, they’ll play cards, we’ll have dominoes. We are […]

  • Redstone Arsenal to use handheld scanners to speed visitor entry

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– New technology could soon make it easier for visitors to get onto Redstone Arsenal. At least, that’s the plan for security checking ID’s to give visitors clearance. Christopher Colster, a Redstone Arsenal Public Affairs Officer, lays out the plan. “It is an iPhone with a scanning device attached to it,” he said. “These will scan ID cards while passengers traverse through the gate, reducing quite a bit of the visitors’ backlog.” They will be army-issued iPhones, he […]

  • Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest kicks off

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)– The weekend-long Oktoberfest festival has kicked off, promising fun for the whole family. There are food vendors and carnival rides, and a big tent for entertainment. You can also head to two tents where beer will be served, from big-name favorites to craft, local brews. Kenneth McDonald, Special Events Director, said, “There will be 20-25 [beers] under the biergarten, and another 6 or 8 under the other tent.” He says the biergarten is full of local brews, […]

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    Taking Action: Quelling fear in the community after last week’s gas station altercation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Mark Pridmore’s family reacts to his untimely death: “It’s been rough,” said his nephew Joshua. He tells WHNT News 19 the incident has left a bad taste in his family’s mouths. “I think there’s just more to the story, and that’s what we want to find out to get satisfaction for ourselves,” he said. This, after an unreported fight a week ago led to an 18-year-old’s arrest in the case. Berhe Starling is charged with manslaughter, which puzzles […]

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    Police officer injured in car accident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A Huntsville police officer is injured after his cruiser is hit by an inattentive driver. This is according to Lt. R.K. Owens of the Huntsville Police Department. Owens tells WHNT News 19 that the officer, whose name has not been released, was blocking traffic over the Oakwood overpass in the outside Northbound lane, in response to an accident, when it happened. The driver of an F250 truck rammed into the back of his parked cruiser, after they […]

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    Parent upset about Common Core raises awareness outside Secretary Duncan’s visit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Lei Peavey is passionate about her disapproval of Common Core, a set of educational standards implemented in Alabama schools, along with schools across the nation. She’s so passionate, she decided to come out to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville where Education Secretary Arne Duncan was visiting Tuesday. “I had intended to actually have a peaceful demonstration, and was told I couldn’t do that because it was private property,” she said. “So I’m just […]

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    New study: millennials least likely to own a credit card

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A new study by reveals more than 6 in 10 millennials don’t have a credit card. According to the report, released Monday, 63% of people ages 18-29 do not have a credit card. In comparison, only 35% of adults 30 and over admit they don’t have one. This could be a bad thing if they need to buy a house or car and need to qualify for certain loans with a good credit score, said John Burnett, […]

  • WWII veteran takes emotional tour of LST 325 at Ingalls Harbor

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — William Rose recalls memories from his time aboard the USS Electo, a ship very similar to the LST 325 currently docked at Ingalls Harbor. His family invited WHNT News 19 to take a tour of the LST Friday, because it’s a ship that brings these memories flooding back to Rose. He served in the Navy as a petty officer, working primarily as a radar operator. He was just 18 years old, and somewhat scrawny [by his […]

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    Lincoln County’s new mayor discusses plans for term

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT)– Bill Newman is more than happy to start as the Lincoln County Mayor, he tells WHNT News 19. “I’m so excited, I’m like a kid,” he said. He has served 16 years on the commission, and that coupled with his experience with multiple careers in the area is already serving him well in his new role. “I know most of the people in Lincoln County,” he said. He tells us his biggest goal is to create a […]

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    Couple fails to show up for trial related to young daughter’s death

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A couple failed to appear in court Thursday for their trial for criminally negligent homicide, in the 2012 death of their daughter. Kristopher and Joy Lynn Speigner were scheduled to appear for a bench trial in Judge Schuyler Richardson’s courtroom, but the two didn’t show up. Joy Speigner’s bond has now been revoked, because she has some new charges against her in south Alabama, where the couple now lives. The couple’s daughter, 18-month-old McKenzie, died after […]

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    Gurley residents sign petition to keep the town’s only bank open

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT)– Cadence Bank representatives confirm the Gurley branch is shutting down October 30th. A sign is posted on the door, telling customers this will not affect their accounts. The company is referring customers to the Hampton Cove branch on Mountain Cove Boulevard as an alternative. Customers say that’s not ideal because now, they will have to go out of the way to get to a bank that has been centrally located in town for decades. Dwight McClure told us, […]


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