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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!


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    Lady and labradoodle graduate from Huntsville High in cap and gown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Students on two, and four, legs walked into the Von Braun Center to graduate from Huntsville High School Friday. Madison Guy and her service dog, Buck, were each announced on stage to thunderous applause when it came time for her to receive her diploma. Buck is a constant friend in Madison’s life and a popular student at school. He can even be a life-saver. It’s his job to alert her family when she’s about to have a seizure. […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Protect yourself against a scam coming back to the Tennessee Valley

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– The latest scam is one this area has seen before. Around this time last year, we told you about an auto wrap scheme. It promises money if you turn your car into a driving advertisement. You can read more about it by clicking this link to our previous story. This time, the scam is coming back. Better Business Bureau of North Alabama Vice President, Belinda McCormick, said the BBB has received multiple calls about this scam in the […]

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    Madison City Board of Education takes steps to ease elementary school overcrowding

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– Portable classrooms are coming to Mill Creek Elementary School as part of a solution to an overcrowding problem that school board members in Madison say has reached a tipping point. Superintendent Dee Fowler expects elementary schools in Madison to be at 95% capacity next year. That means there are very limited spaces for new students, but Madison in comparison is growing rapidly. New families mean more students, said Fowler. And that means something has to give. That’s […]

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    Police detective: Officer turnover rates a problem for Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– Police officer Wesley Grigsby, a detective at Madison Police Department, appeared before the city council Tuesday evening representing the Madison County chapter of the Police Benevolent Association. He said his speech to them was long overdue. “The Madison Police Department, as recently as last year, had officers acting as Field Training Officers with less than two years of service as a police officer. How could this happen? Why are rookies training rookies? My belief is an excessively […]

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    Veteran achieves decades-long dream by receiving diploma at Ider graduation

    IDER, Ala. (WHNT)– Seniors gathered at Ider School in DeKalb County to say goodbye to each other, and celebrate their accomplishment years in the making. It was a ceremony before packed bleachers full of family and friends. But one man also sitting in the group of graduates went to Ider decades ago: Ben Buffington. Ben served in the Army during World War II, and was sworn in before he got his diploma and graduated high school. “I was 18 on December 1, […]

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    TAKING ACTION: What’s to come to renovate Constitution Hall Park in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A viewer recently contacted WHNT News 19 to ask about Constitution Village in Huntsville. That person cited peeling paint that’s visible on Constitution Hall from the road, wondering if renovations would be ready by Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration. We met with Bart Williams, Executive Director of the Earlyworks Family of Museums, to ask him about it. The first thing he’d like visitors to know about the cosmetic problems at the park: “We see it, too. And we’re not […]

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    Vigil scheduled for I-565 wreck victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A public vigil is scheduled to remember the three victims of an early-morning wreck on Interstate 565. One man, Carai Cortez, is charged with three counts of murder. Police say they discovered he was under the influence of alcohol when he drove the wrong way on I-565 and struck the SUV carrying Benjamin Johnson, 21, Alexa Hannig, 22, and her son, Hayden Martella, 3. Family members told us Ben and Alexa were on the road taking Hayden to […]

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    Madison County Schools moving ahead with zone line proposal

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison County Board of Education gave Superintendent Matt Massey the directive Thursday to continue with a proposed zone line. As Massey describes it, those zoned for the controversial new school would be people living (starting from the south end of the Sparkman area): West of Jeff Road, south of Douglas, and west of Pettus road. The zone line then runs north into the Harvest Elementary area, west of Wall Triana. Massey said this plan, which has […]

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    Future ‘Exploration Park’ could open up part of Redstone Arsenal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Army leaders want to know the best way to use a thousand-acre portion of the arsenal, which could be come “Exploration Park.” It’s the part of the Arsenal that lies behind the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and encompasses land including two golf courses and the Summit at Redstone. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s CEO, Deborah Barnhart, is working with a team to come up with a proposal for the land use that focuses on quality of life. […]

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    Huntsville parents meet at NAACP-sponsored meeting to talk about Huntsville City Schools concerns

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville-Madison County NAACP has been following Huntsville City Schools closely. It pays attention to issues of inequality – and has for decades. That’s a subject school leaders including Superintendent Casey Wardynski say they’re working to correct, by a federal judge’s order. Tuesday, a local NAACP-led meeting addressed community concerns about things like testing, teacher retention, financial transparency, and disapproval of Wardynski himself. They invited blogger and parent Russell Winn as guest speaker. Huntsville-Madison County NAACP Vice […]

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    Great Video: West Morgan teachers bust a move to prank students

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– At West Morgan School, there’s an understanding about the bond between teachers and students. “The teachers love to watch the kids laugh… at them,” explained Shanon Clinton, the school’s media specialist. A recent viral video out of West Morgan highlights that fun spirit, and is capturing the hearts of north Alabamians. “I knew our kids would participate and our teachers are good to say yes,” she said, commenting that she wasn’t surprised the teachers were so […]

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    The compassion of nurses: Huntsville Hospital nurses help man suffering during long journey

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — When we are in need of medical attention, we have to trust the hands that help us. Sometimes, nurses and patients form a bond. It can happen instantly, during a day, or over the course of treatment that lasts for months. In honor of Nurses’ Week 2016, we wanted to tell you about a moment that a group of nurses at Huntsville Hospital won’t soon forget. Ask them what makes them want to keep helping people every […]

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