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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.

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!

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    Huntsville attorney placed on inactive status following arrest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 has been aggressively tracking new information on the status of Huntsville attorney Barry Abston, recently arrested on drug charges. Abston, a well-known area defense attorney, has been placed on Disability Inactive Status with the Alabama Bar Association. Officials with the organization tell WHNT News 19 that Abston voluntarily requested this through his attorney last week. It means he cannot practice law at this time. Abston’s counsel, Robert Tuten, had no comment for WHNT News […]

  • City leaders say nonprofit center likely coming to old AAA school building

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville City Schools already revealed plans for the new Academy for Academics and Arts in the old Ed White Middle School building last November. It has been redesigned with curved and modern architecture that reflects the arts, fit for students ready to achieve. But what about the old AAA school property?  The city of Huntsville is just about finished purchasing it, and tenants are already lining up to get inside, says Mayor Tommy Battle.  The city council approved […]

  • Huntsville city council moves toward funding police body cameras

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Body cameras have been a hot topic at Huntsville City Council meetings over the past few weeks. The council and Huntsville Police have researched their options and settled on a Federal grant they believe Huntsville is a “good competitor” to earn. If selected, it would award the city $600,000. The city would have to match another $650,000, said City Administrator John Hamilton. This would cover the cost of 417 body camera systems, at $3000 apiece. The council approved a resolution […]

  • Leaders hope newly-announced Google Data Center boosts northeast Alabama economy

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– A new Google Data Center to be built in the Bridgeport-Stevenson area of Jackson County has people talking across the Tennessee Valley. It will be built on TVA land on the Bridgeport portion of the TVA Widow’s Creek site, said Governor Robert Bentley Wednesday, and will provide up to 100 jobs. “It’s all good,” said Bridgeport mayor David Hughes. “There’s nothing bad about this.” With job loss recently in the spotlight for that area, this is welcome […]

  • Taking Action to keep you from being a home repair fraud victim

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After another case of possible home repair fraud, WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to keep you from becoming a victim. A lot of that lies with you, experts say, and doing your homework before hiring someone to do the work. Randy Cunningham, Building and Inspection Department Director for the city of Huntsville, says the first thing you should do is call your local licensing or inspection agency to check up on them. “We can tell you […]

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    Man accused of home repair fraud faces 28 charges

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 told you first about 28 charges against a Madison County man accused of home repair fraud on Friday. Huntsville Police released more information Tuesday about Anthony Brian Jeffery’s Madison County Grand Jury indictment on those charges. Police say there were “a number” of cases where Jeffery was acting as a general contractor. They say he was agreeing to work on victims’ homes, getting paid up-front, then failing to fulfill his obligations. Police say Jeffery […]

  • Community members raise concerns about suspicious vans, CD sales in North AL

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)–   People in several areas of North Alabama have called their local police about some “suspicious” vans over the past few days. These vans, sometimes accompanied by RV’s, were apparently setting up shop at local gas stations to sell merchandise, claiming to be affiliated with country/rap artist Mikel Knight. According to Florence Police Sergeant Brad Holmes, the street sales team selling the CDs was, at times, “being very  abrasive in the way they were attempting to sell.” We reached […]

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    Huntsville Utilities: water main broken on Toll Gate Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville Utilities Water Operations Crews are working on a water main break, according to a spokesman for the company. It’s on Toll Gate Road and Wells Avenue in Northeast Huntsville, according to a media release.  We’re told only customers in that area will be affected. The water main break is expected to be fixed, and water service restored, before Monday morning.

  • HEMSI officials expect more heat related emergencies this year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– HEMSI officials are getting ready for another busy week, adding additional staffing and making sure they stay cool, too, while responding to heat related emergencies. Don Webster, Chief Operating Officer of HEMSI, tells WHNT News 19 the ambulance service has already seen an elevated number of heat emergencies this year. “We usually see them around the 4th of July,” he said, commenting that on Friday EMT’s responded to six heat incidents. This past week, they’ve responded to more than […]

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    Experts say high heat can wear your vehicle tires

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When the temperature is in the 90s, even in the shade, it’s possible you reach for your water and sunscreen and daydream for a cooler place and time. But if you actually plan to go to one, experts say you should check your tires before piling into the car. Under-inflated tires can be a big risk on the road when the weather gets this hot, says Ray Barnett, manager at Brian’s Tire and Service in Huntsville. “What happens […]

  • Decorated Huntsville veteran finally receives high school diploma in ceremony decades in the making

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville veteran Carlene Cole has earned two Purple Hearts, a Combat Action Ribbon, a National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. Now, he also has his high school diploma. “It is my great honor to confer upon you this diploma from Huntsville City Schools as a graduate of high school,” said Superintendent Casey Wardynski of Huntsville City Schools, as he handed Cole the paper he’s been waiting for 45 years to receive. […]

  • Lethal injection drugs a hot topic as Supreme Court decision is expected soon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month in a case that could decide the future of lethal injection execution protocol for death row inmates. The case is Glossip v. Gross out of Oklahoma, but Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says it already has a direct impact on several Alabama inmates. Federal courts, along with the state Supreme Court, have each granted stays for scheduled executions until Supreme Court justices make their ruling. That means, […]


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