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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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    Pinnacle attorney responds after Huntsville school board ends contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — This week, the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education, on recommendation by interim Superintendent Tom Drake, ended Pinnacle Schools’ contractual obligations to the district. This effectively terminated their relationship. It’s a dispute that began following the departure of former superintendent Casey Wardynski, and continues through attorney negotiations over unpaid invoices and concerns about bills the school system has already paid. Pinnacle ended some of its programs this week, its CEO telling WHNT News 19 they could not […]

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    Huntsville City Schools cuts ties with Pinnacle Schools during contract dispute

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Following Pinnacle Schools CEO Karen Lee’s decision to end certain Pinnacle services to Huntsville City Schools students, the school board voted to end Pinnacle’s contract with the school system. Lee said earlier Thursday that they could not continue to fund programs that they were not being paid for. Thursday night at the school board meeting, the dispute over contracts and costs got even more public. Interim Superintendent Tom Drake was very clear in his assessment of their […]

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    Pinnacle Schools ends several programs in connection with Huntsville City Schools during ongoing dispute

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday, Pinnacle Schools CEO Karen Lee confirmed the closure of several Pinnacle programs in connection with Huntsville City Schools. She says the High Five, Credit Recovery, Administrative Promotion, Excel, and 30 Day Transition programs are over because the company hasn’t been paid for its services to the school system. “We can not indefinitely fund programs I was asked to develop, during a contract dispute over whether we will be paid for our services,” explained Lee. “We can not […]

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    Debates give first-time Huntsville voters food for thought

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Grissom High School students in AP Government with teacher Suzanne Bailey came to the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 18 on Wednesday to watch the final 2016 Presidential Debate. Many of them have a big decision ahead: their first vote in a U.S. election. “It’s a very special moment in a young person’s life,” commented student Jaylin King. Andrea Searcy said, “It’s a part of America and its history.” These students are taking their job seriously, and that’s why they […]

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    Rep. Anthony Daniels to seek role of Alabama House Minority Leader

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– When we asked Representative Anthony Daniels (D- Huntsville) about his reaction to Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford’s recent letter to Democratic leadership, he revealed he plans to run for Minority Leader himself. Rep. Ford will not seek re-election as Minority Leader, and in his letter has asked Nancy Worley (Party Chairwoman) and Dr. Joe Reed (head of the State Democratic Executive Committee) to step down. Rep. Daniels said, “When we are dealing with the party business, I think […]

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    Field fire in Grant Mountain area threatens nearby farms

    WOODVILLE, Ala. – A large field fire in the Grant Mountain area threatened nearby farms. Fire crews from eight volunteer fire departments and volunteers worked Tuesday afternoon against the flames. An estimated more than 150 acres burned. Out in Jackson county where Woodville fire is contained. Farmers say 150 acres burned @whnt pic.twitter.com/0GYVk6BRkq — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) October 18, 2016 Andrew Gardner, a local farmer, sent in these pictures while volunteering to help crews who battled the flames. He said many […]

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    Huntsville City Schools interim superintendent addresses Pinnacle concerns

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools interim superintendent Tom Drake said at a Board of Education meeting Thursday that there’s a dispute between Pinnacle Schools and the school system about their contract. He already ended the Assignment for Positive Progress program, a Pinnacle program that was designed to transition at-risk students from alternative school back into their regular classrooms. Thursday night he upheld that decision, noting some concerns. “[My team] didn’t have a full understanding of the ramification or the […]

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    UPDATE: 2 charged with kidnapping after reports of man in underwear running through Athens street

    ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Police say Mollie Rosenblum, 43, and Wendell Todd Fain, 42, are charged with kidnapping. Athens Police say around 2 pm Wednesday, they found the victim running down Market Street near Houston Street. The victim told police he had been bound and held against his will for nearly 12 hours. Police say he was injured, and had been threatened with deadly force. He was running to escape. UPDATE: Athens Police announced on Thursday the victim is an […]

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    Former accountant with Huntsville government contractor admits to stealing massive amounts of money for personal use

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A former accountant with a Huntsville non-profit corporation that contracted with the government to place people with disabilities into government jobs pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court. Prosecutors say Reggious Sanchester Bell, 30, defrauded the organization and the Internal Revenue Service. Bell, of Madison, worked for Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, which does business as Phoenix. Bell pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to one count of federal program theft for stealing more than $1 million […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Exclusive interview with Pinnacle Schools CEO Karen Lee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Pinnacle Schools invoices are under the microscope right now. The Huntsville City Schools Board of Education and interim superintendent Tom Drake are reviewing them, president Laurie McCaulley told WHNT News 19 Monday. Drake announced last week that he ended the APP program over which the invoices were requesting payment. It is set to come back up at a board work session Thursday. McCaulley said they are on the lookout for taxpayers’ money before they pay Pinnacle for services. […]

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    Huntsville City Schools leaders researching Pinnacle Schools invoices

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Questions started swirling about The Pinnacle Schools and its contract with Huntsville City Schools to provide services for students with behavioral issues, following the abrupt resignation of former superintendent Casey Wardynski. This came because of his relationship with Pinnacle CEO Karen Lee, which he then disclosed to the public. A vote that had to do with Pinnacle Schools invoices for a program called APP (Assignment for Positive Progress) was to take place the week he resigned. That vote […]

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    Army Materiel Command stands at the ready for support after Hurricane Matthew

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The Army Materiel Command’s headquarters is at Redstone Arsenal. The command is in charge of anything soldiers use, from food to communications equipment, even vehicles. It’s a big, global job. They’re using that job to stand ready in case the Department of Defense calls on them to help following Hurricane Matthew. The US Department of Defense is already at work in Haiti, one of the most affected areas up to this point. The Army Materiel Command staff are […]