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Kristen joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2014 as a reporter/multimedia journalist. She was promoted to anchor/reporter in March 2018.

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 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 started 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 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 building relationships and finding stories in North Alabama. You will likely find her exploring the area, specifically the great restaurants and trails. 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 as a part of the Tennessee Valley’s News Leader.

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


Recent Articles
  • Madison Police to get body-worn cameras and phase them in this year

    MADISON, Ala. – Wednesday, Chief David Jernigan says the Madison Police Department placed an order for new body-worn cameras. Monday, the Madison City Council granted approval for the $65,490 purchase of 63 Focus X1 body cameras. Jernigan said the move will bring the department into the 21st century. “We’re one of the last agencies our size in North Alabama to obtain body cameras,” said Jernigan. Phasing In Jernigan said the department currently uses an antiquated in-car system, and these body-worn […]

  • Madison City Council renews Three Springs business license with safety requirements

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City Council renewed the business license of a controversial facility in Madison Monday evening at a late meeting. Three Springs (Sequel TSI Madison) is a treatment facility for at-risk Alabama youth. The community has been on edge since two residents escaped last year and are accused of murdering a Georgia man at a Madison Publix site. Now, the Madison City Council decided what to do about Three Springs’ (Sequel’s) business license.  They will renew it, but […]

  • Fort Rucker reopened after tornado damage Sunday afternoon

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Fort Rucker sustained tornado damage on Sunday afternoon, according to officials. The installation tweeted that it happened around 1:40 PM Sunday. No one was injured, but the installation closed until roads were deemed safe again. Officials advised people to remain in their quarters and off the roads. Just before 8:30 PM, the installation was reopened. Fort Rucker sustained tornado damage today at approx. 1:40 p.m. No injuries have been reported. People should remain in quarters and […]

  • Huntsville City Schools board votes to bring in new bus company

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After a selection process, the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education has chosen and approved a new transportation company to bus students across the district: Apple Bus Company. Thursday, the board approved a five-year contract for Apple Bus Company to serve. The district will pay just over $11 million annually for the service. This is a deviation from the current contract with Durham School Services. School officials tell us Durham did apply, but was not selected. Apple […]

  • GOP gubernatorial debate in Birmingham brings three candidates to the stage

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Reckon by AL.com hosted the first of two political debates for the upcoming primary election Wednesday. The candidates were asked tough questions on a variety of topics that affect the state. The historic Lyric Theatre was the scene for the showdown between Tommy Battle (R), Scott Dawson (R), and Bill Hightower (R). “On this stage today, I am the only candidate who has a record. A record of building roads, improving education, and recruiting good paying jobs,” […]

  • Produce stand at Clift property in Madison still open despite adjacent land sale to developer

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Madison County farmer came to us with a problem: he says customers think his stand has closed, when in fact it is open and about to expand. The Madison County farm across from the Target on Highway 72 in Madison has been in the Clift family since 1830. The family patriarch, Jack Clift, Sr., recently sold 550 acres to developer, Louis Breland. But Clift’s grandson, John Clift, says his own produce stand will remain. Clift’s […]

  • Gulf Shores school board to offer Huntsville’s superintendent a new job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — After a unanimous vote, the Gulf Shores school board extended an offer to Matt Akin, Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, on Monday to lead the Gulf Shores City School System. According to Huntsville City school board members, Akin contacted them to say he has received an offer from Gulf Shores, ‘pending contract negotiations.’ The board voted 5-0 in favor of Akin and no one was able to present any concerns in extending the offer said Kevin Corcoran, President of the Gulf Shores […]

  • Huntsville man completes Boston Marathon after incredible journey

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Scott Claflin, an Aerojet Rocketdyne employee, completed the Boston Marathon on Monday after a tough journey recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Claflin qualified for the Boston Marathon during the 2016 Rocket City Marathon and found out in October that he was accepted into the 2018 Boston Marathon. But the very next day, he learned he had a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and went for surgery in November. Since January, he has slowly been […]

  • Huntsville Animal Services offering free adoptions during Tax Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Tax relief of a different kind is available Monday, April 16 through Saturday, April 21 through Huntsville Animal Services. The shelter is offering free pet adoption during Tax Week. The shelter asks you to take advantage of your tax savings and adopt a dog or cat at no charge. The city said in a news release that adoptive families will receive a free bag of dog or cat food, while supplies last. Each adoption also includes the same […]

  • Huntsville schools superintendent interviews for a new job in Gulf Shores

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Matt Akin, Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, could soon have a new job. Thursday, he interviewed as the lead candidate to lead the Gulf Shores City School System. Gulf Shores is seeking to break away from the Baldwin County Schools system and form its own district. Thursday, Akin spoke to the Gulf Shores school board about his intentions to join them. “It’s a really good fit for Matt Akin,” he said, “And, it’s a really good fit […]

  • Huntsville City Schools Board President releases statement before superintendent interviews with another district

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Elisa Ferrell, Board President of Huntsville City Schools, is sharing her statement following an announcement from Gulf Shores City Schools that Matt Akin will interview for their open superintendent job. Akin has been superintendent of Huntsville City Schools since March 2017. He was chosen from a pool of 45 applicants, and came to lead the Tennessee Valley’s largest school system from Piedmont City Schools. Gulf Shores City Schools recently separated from Baldwin County Schools and is looking […]

  • Huntsville man overcomes cancer to train for upcoming Boston Marathon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On April 16th, a Huntsville man will attempt his lifelong dream of running in the Boston Marathon. His story proves that anyone can overcome adversity to achieve their dreams, and victory can be even sweeter when you accept help along the way. Scott Claflin didn’t even start running until he was 51, but that’s when this journey began. “I decided I needed to jump-start my metabolism, and running seemed like the thing to do,” he said. “One day […]