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Kristen joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2014 as a reporter/multimedia journalist.

In April 2017 she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her work with a team of two other reporters on a 30-minute documentary entitled, “A Rescue Mission.”

A Seaford, Delaware native, Kristen previously bworked for WVVA News in Bluefield, West Virginia where she covered Southern WV and Southwestern VA. In that time she earned an AP award for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter. She began there as the Greenbrier County Bureau Chief in July 2012 serving the Greenbrier Valley.

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.

Kristen is passionate about the craft of journalism and excited to continue 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.

If you see her out and about, feel free to say hi! She looks forward to taking action and getting results for you.

Got a news tip? Email her at at kristen.conner@whnt.com!


Recent Articles
  • Funding bill affecting SLS, Redstone projects clears US Senate committee

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a spending bill Thursday that, if passed, would have a direct impact on the Tennessee Valley. The FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act would fund law enforcement, economic prosperity, scientific research, and space exploration and other national priorities. That includes the Space Launch System. Through this bill, the SLS Program would receive $2.15 billion. This is the same as the FY2017 level, but $212 million above the budget […]

  • Work begins to create more ‘indoor’ swimming pool space in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – Pool space is scarce in Madison, but there is a temporary effort underway to get more lanes this school year. When a proposal to create a recreation campus in Madison failed last year, it became evident that the city would need another way to prevent pool overcrowding as the city’s winter league and high school swimming and diving teams fought for space to practice. During the school year in Madison, indoor pool space is packed. Since then, Madison’s […]

  • Food truck rally brings creative ways to beat the heat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s July in the Tennessee Valley, and we have all noticed. As the sun roasted customers from overhead, the Battle of the Food Truck All Stars #4 took place Friday on Church Street. “It’s super hot,” said Alex Folks. “Sweating my butt off!” “It’s too hot right now, man!” said Terrell Badie. “It’s been hot all day. I had long pants on but I went back inside to change.” Misty Guzman brought her children out to enjoy […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Pool problems prompt concerns for local business, resident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A customer said a pool contractor hasn’t finished a job and in a strange twist, the situation is affecting another area business with the same name. This story began when Kathy Albers contacted WHNT News 19 last month. She was concerned because she said she had paid Rob MacQueen of Off the Deep End in Huntsville $1900 to replace her pool liner. When she called us, she said she had not heard from him. The confusion thickened […]

  • Investment document details projected attendance at possible Madison ballpark

    MADISON, Ala.- This week, WHNT News 19 learned an investment group is looking at bringing minor league baseball to the Town Madison development. In a confidential investment document from early June that WHNT News 19 recently obtained, BallCorps, LLC. points to Town Madison as its first choice for a minor league team, the Mobile BayBears, to relocate and call “home.” In the documents, which are BallCorps’ sales pitch to investors it hopes will fund the project, the company painted the […]

  • Investment group looking at bringing minor league baseball to Town Madison development

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – An Arizona company has solicited investors to help complete a purchase of the Mobile BayBears minor league baseball team, with the hope of relocating them to Madison County. The details come from a confidential investment opportunity summary dated from early June, recently obtained by WHNT News 19. The document says the company has met with leaders in Madison County as well as the City of Madison who have “expressed a willingness to construct a state-of-the-art ballpark […]

  • New details revealed as terrorism suspect Aziz Sayyed has preliminary court hearing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We are following the developments out of the preliminary hearing for Aziz Sayyed, who is accused of planning a terrorist attack in Madison County. Authorities arrested Sayyed on June 15, and he’s been in jail since then. He is charged with providing or soliciting support for terrorism in the 2nd degree. Prosecutors say Sayyed watched ISIS videos and planned to build a bomb, like the one used in a recent terror attack in Manchester, England that killed […]

  • Plans moving forward for the former Grissom High campus to become a community center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The former Grissom High campus will become a community center. Monday, city leaders revealed new details about what will be included. The new Grissom High opens August 2 for the new school year. It leaves behind the old campus, which will change hands from the school system to the city in the next few weeks. The BIG Picture project has undertaken the master plan for the site. You can view the progress here. At a community meeting Monday, […]

  • Gun owners concerned about gun laws during expo in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Von Braun Center does not permit firearms on its premises. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall affirmed this in a May response to a complaint. Marshall maintained the City meets the requirements under state law to prohibit the possession of firearms because the Von Braun Center now houses the headquarters for the Huntsville Police Department Bike Patrol. But at the highly anticipated Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo (TVHFE) in the VBC South Hall this week, you can find […]

  • City council passes lodging tax increase & surcharge to fund VBC expansion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Council has approved a lodging tax increase and surcharge to fund an expansion of the Von Braun Center. The vote came during Thursday night’s meeting approving a 2 percent increase and a dollar surcharge for out-of-town visitors.  The project is expected to cost $42 million. The lodging tax is considered a creative way to pay most of that cost. “Not only is this a visionary project, but we have a very visionary way to […]

  • What investigators will do next in the Powers cold case: “We’re not going to quit”

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies didn’t find what they expected when they searched the yard near a home on Granto Road in Madison County in connection with a cold case. It has been unsolved for nine years. Investigators believe Jennifer Powers was a victim of foul play or homicide. They have not yet been able to identify a suspect or even find her remains. Crews were out digging on Granto Road Wednesday, with hopes of finally locating Powers. It has been […]

  • Huntsville City Schools to push back high school start times

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools will stagger school start times starting this coming school year. School board president Elisa Ferrell said the administration decided while elementary and middle school start times will remain at 8 a.m., high schools should begin at 8:30 a.m. this school year. She said the administration believes this is a safe way to alleviate bus issues. If the start times for buses that do dual-routes is staggered, then they believe this will result in fewer […]