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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
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    City leaders, ALDOT install signs along South Parkway help direct motorists to local businesses

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Construction on South Memorial Parkway isn’t just a headache for commuters. Local businesses – especially small retailers – are feeling the impact of the large construction project. To combat this, city leaders, business representatives, and the Alabama Department of Transportation Friday announced a new collaboration to help promote business while construction is going on. Just last week, the traffic lights at Main Street South and Charlotte Drive came down – adding to the confusion of how to […]

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    Drought, heat making it difficult to keep plants and people hydrated

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  At the Huntsville Botanical Garden, they’re displaying the best nature has to offer. But right now, nature is working against them. The heat and the drought can be a deadly combination for plants if you aren’t taking care of them properly. Thankfully, the garden has a team including volunteers, seasonal gardeners, and its Director of Horticulture, Niki Sothers, on its side. First in beating the heat is keeping staff hydrated, WHNT New 19 found them carrying ice water and using […]

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    Who qualified for municipal elections in Madison County? See the list

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Municipal Elections are August 23, 2016 for many municipalities across Alabama. City clerk treasurers advise you to click here to find your polling place, and if you haven’t registered to vote, stop by your city clerk treasurer’s office to do so. You can also register by visiting this website. (You’ll need to have an AL driver license or non-driver ID card to register online.) Absentee ballot applications are also available at your city clerk’s office. Some people, […]

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    J.O. Johnson’s family supports memorializing him at old school site

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  James Oliver Johnson is remembered by his family as a man who loved Huntsville. “He was the one who believed you give back to the community that raises you,” said Jim Johnson, J.O. Johnson’s son. But Jim says his family is still hurting over the Huntsville City School Board of Education decision years ago to name a new school “Jemison High School,” as it replaces the “JO Johnson High School” that has been named after his father […]

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    The electric power of Pikachu can’t help your cell battery, but maybe this can!

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — You may know by now, Pokemon Go has swept the nation. And consequently… it has completely taken over Huntsville. Friday’s Street Food Gathering included 50 lures for Pokemon through the game, thanks to Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and Curse, Inc. Food trucks and local businesses also offered discounts for players. Come collect Pokémon and tokens tonight at P&P! pic.twitter.com/KBImJHhs8f — Pints and Pixels (@Pints_Pixels) July 15, 2016 People of all ages are playing Pokemon Go, and you […]

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    Construction coming back to Big Spring Park

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Big Spring Park is a known haven for people and feathered friends alike in downtown Huntsville. It’s even become a stop for many Pokemon Go players trying to “catch them all.” But it will soon be the site of more construction. The East side recently reopened following renovations, and Huntsville city leaders say now it’s time to handle the West side. Among the issues to address: a collapsing seawall, broken sidewalks, erosion, electrical infrastructure, poor water flow and […]

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    UPDATE: Redstone Arsenal employee dies from injuries believed to be from lightning strike

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)– The man believed to be struck by lightning during storms on Thursday has died, confirmed Redstone Arsenal Garrison spokesman Chris Colster on Friday. Colster said the man died last night at about 11:30 pm in the hospital. The man’s injuries were likely caused by lightning, said Colster, noting the storm that was going on at the time. The man was airlifted to UAB’s Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit to be treated. The official cause of death will be […]

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    North Alabama Republican delegates head to GOP National Convention

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It’s almost Republican National Convention time.  Some delegates, including those on the Rules Committee, may already be in Cleveland for the event, but many more in the Republican Alabama Delegation have yet to head north. For Bob Baccus, it’s no secret he’s a Trump supporter. He also won a spot as a Trump delegate. “I’m part of history, and I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “This is probably one of the most talked about elections there […]

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    Rec Center Campus inching along in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison City Council voted Monday on small steps that move the Madison Rec Campus along. They approved ground leases and a construction bid, but postponed an important vote that had originally been the cornerstone of the project. It was a vote on an agreement with Madison Fieldhouse, LLC. Council member Steve Smith said even without that agreement, which they hope to have finished soon, there were still important strides made Monday. “It’s gives me a relief and […]

  • Architect Design of the Madison Rec Center Campus

    Madison Rec Center 3D design revealed

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 has an exclusive sneak peek of the Madison Rec Center campus. Questions have swirled in the community about the project, one of the most expensive projects Madison has ever undertaken. Council member Steve Smith wants Monday to be a day when those questions turn to excitement. That’s when the design will be shown in a public council meeting. “It’s very modern,” said Smith. “It just draws people in.” He showed WHNT News 19 the architect’s design ahead […]

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    Former Madison Mayor Paul Finley announces bid for second term as mayor

    MADISON, Ala. – Former Madison Mayor Paul Finley announced a second bid for mayor of Madison Wednesday night. More than a month ago, Finley indicated to WHNT News 19 that he was planning a campaign. Wednesday night, he said he would give more information about his decision to run and the timing of the announcement Saturday in historic downtown Madison at 10 a.m. at the gazebo. Finley said he would share his platform and his vision forward. The public is […]

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    Farmers: we need more rain to beat the drought

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– We’re in the middle of a drought. Farmers say Tuesday’s rain, especially because of how sporadic it was, isn’t enough to end it. Jeff Webster of F&W Farms in New Hope has been farming for 35 years. He loves watching his crops grow, and feels fortunate to do what he loves to provide for his family. But he’s learned an important lesson along the way: “Farming is stressful. We do not control the prices, and we […]

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