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Kristen has been a reporter/multimedia journalist for WHNT News 19 in Huntsville since 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. 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.

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
  • The renewed push for grandparent visitation rights in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It’s been a long road for people advocating for grandparents’ rights in Alabama. With parts of the existing visitation laws struck down by a court, advocates tell us there aren’t avenues for grandparents fighting for the ability to see their grandchildren. We spoke with Dee Booker, a grandmother and founder of advocacy group Grandparents ROC, about an upcoming bill in the Alabama Legislature that she’s put her hope in. This is a copy of the bill, as […]

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    UPDATE: Grissom student expelled for punching teacher, 3 students suspended in separate fight

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools is investigating two incidents that happened Thursday at Grissom High School.  One involved a student punching a teacher and the other involved a fight in the hallway. In the incident involving a teacher being assaulted, the student has been expelled, according to a spokesperson for the school system. We understand the female teacher left school for the day, but the extent of her injuries is not clear. The hallway fight was a separate incident, […]

  • Dr. Casey Wardynski, Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools

    Huntsville City Schools superintendent speaks with WHNT News 19 about student safety at Grissom

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has heard from several parents and students Thursday who are concerned about the incidents at Grissom High School, including fights and a student arrested for bringing a gun on campus. We took these concerns directly to Huntsville City Schools superintendent Casey Wardynski in a one-on-one interview. “We’re very mindful of the need for safety,” explained Wardynski. “We’re very prudent about it. But there are children who get off the beat of the code of conduct, […]

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    Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots now available at Huntsville-Madison County Public Library branches

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– At the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library’s 12 branches, you can now check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots powered by T-Mobile service. There’s a fee:  $10 for one week and $20 for two weeks. You can’t renew them, so librarians suggest you know how long you’ll need it before you choose one of the options. “It’s very portable, very light,” commented Laura McPhail, Public relations Director of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. “We’ve been looking forward to these Wi-Fi hotspots for […]

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    Governor Robert Bentley talks strengths, weaknesses, and his solutions in State of the State address

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)–  Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began his address remembering Alabama’s contribution in the lunar landing, citing the people of the state’s drive to accomplish the impossible and improbable. He later delved into where Alabama hurts most. “We can not continue to ignore persistent problems,” he explained. “Too many Alabamians are undereducated, undertrained, unhealthy, and unable to break the cycle of poverty.” His message was stern, urgent, and in many ways a call to action. Big difference from last […]

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    Alabama legislative session begins today, Gov. Bentley to deliver address at 6:30 p.m.

    Click here to find out how to watch the live stream MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislative session starts Tuesday, February 2. Both the House and the Senate convene at noon. We’ve spoken to lawmakers for the past month about what to expect. Now that it’s finally here, we know the general fund will be a priority. Revenue raising was a big deal last special session, but it might not fly this time around. Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) told WHNT […]

  • Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey (Photo: WHNT)

    Federal judge to pursue contempt of court investigation against Madison Chief of Police

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The judge who acquitted Eric Parker of a federal civil rights charge is initiating  a contempt of court investigation against Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey and police Captain Terrell Cook. In a newly unsealed court order U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala said during Parker’s first trial she was informed that Muncey and Cook may have violated the court’s instructions regarding contact with witnesses. “The evidence in the sealed record pertains to three topics: Chief Muncey and […]

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    Heads Up: Huntsville’s Clinton Avenue now open to two-way traffic

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You should know about an important traffic flow change. Clinton Avenue in Downtown Huntsville is now a two-way street for two blocks between Spragins and Washington. The newly-painted yellow lines and several flashing signs alert drivers to the changes. Those signs should remain for at least the next week. “You know, people are used to being able to go one way down the street so some of the people are coming out of the city garage […]

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    Investigators: Woman shoots 75-year-old husband after domestic dispute, not charged

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 100-block of Oldwood Road in the Chase area that left a 75-year-old man dead.  It happened around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Investigators say Martha Ann Stice, 65, shot her husband, John Donald Stice, 75, one time. He died from the gunshot wound. Authorities say it was the result of a possible domestic dispute between the two. They found lacerations on Martha’s chest and shoulder. She was taken […]

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    You’re invited to tonight’s Madison County Legislative Public Forum

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The public was invited to Monday evening’s public forum, where Madison County’s state delegation will listen to the people’s concerns. Each of the senators and representatives from Madison County attended, and the public was encouraged to bring along documents and other printouts to give to lawmakers. “Tonight is an opportunity for the entire delegation to hear from you,” explained Rep. Anthony Daniels, (D-Huntsville.) “When we’re on the campaign trail we’re always out soliciting advice and telling the […]

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    Redstone Test Center gets new resource in using X-rays to improve defense

    REDSTONE ARESNAL, Ala. (WHNT)– You can learn a lot by looking at a missile from the outside, if you know what to look for. But you can see far more from the inside, so that’s why people at Redstone Test Center use X-rays. “We’re looking at rocket motors and war heads and things that go ‘bang,'” explained George Hodges, Test Engineer at RTC, “but also the electronics. If you have a loose wire that wasn’t correctly connected during manufacture, that […]

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    Local panelists discuss danger of concussions for young athletes and prevention steps

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Football is without question a contact sport.  It can be hard to escape the game without a collision. It’s now a factor that has many parents questioning whether to let their own child suit up.   Monday afternoon in Huntsville, a panel discussed sports head injuries following a viewing of the movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith.  The panel was held at Regal Hollywood. The movie focuses on the research surrounding brain damage in professional football players. The panelists […]


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