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Kristen joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2014 as a reporter/multimedia journalist.

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 began there 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 and 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 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 kristen.conner@whnt.com!


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    MADISON, Ala. — Madison Mayor Paul Finley delivered his annual State of the City Address Friday night at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Finley went over what the city accomplished in 2017 along with his vision for the future of Madison. The event also celebrated the connections between the City of Madison, regional governments, businesses and residents that help make Madison great. “Madison, Alabama, the state of our city is strong and it continues to get stronger,” he stated […]

  • Toyota-Mazda auto plant deal is official as leaders sign the agreement

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Toyota-Mazda deal is official. Last week, state officials and company leaders announced that Toyota and Mazda will establish a new $1.6B plant in Huntsville as part of a new joint-venture. Production is slated to begin in 2021 and reach 300,000 vehicles produced annually. The new facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. Mayor Tommy Battle, Limestone County Commission Chair Mark Yarbrough, and Hundley Batts – Chair of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Huntsville signed the development agreement for Toyota-Mazda on […]

  • EMA and local agencies monitoring roads ahead of possible winter weather

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  • Authorities arrest and charge two suspects in connection to officer-involved shooting in Holly Pond

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, two suspects connected to an officer-involved shooting in Holly Pond Friday night have been located. Authorities arrested and charged Tei Ti Taimi with two counts of failure to appear for third-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Jason Stevens was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, attempt to elude, endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of reckless endangerment. Additional charges may be pending […]

  • Police clear the campus following bomb threat at Oakwood University church

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sometime Friday evening, a bomb threat was made against Oakwood University according to a university spokesman. The Huntsville Police Department has since investigated and officers gave the all-clear for the campus just before 11 PM. Nothing suspicious has been located. Update: Huntsville Police Department and OUPD have concluded the investigation and the all clear order has been given. We want to thank HPD for their assistance. — Oakwood University (@OakwoodU) January 13, 2018 Officials did not have […]

  • Atmosphere in Montgomery shifted for this Legislative session

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  • Huntsville City Council passes development agreement for Toyota-Mazda deal

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  • Huntsville to get new school for cyber technology and engineering

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  • Alabama legislative session officially underway with powerful representation from north Alabama

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