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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!

Recent Articles
  • Alabama lawmakers prepare for special session

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)– Alabama legislators are preparing to head into special session next week, starting on Monday August 3rd. That’s when lawmakers tell WHNT committee members will begin looking at Governor Robert Bentley’s proposal. Governor Bentley had hinted at his proposal in early July, and this week unveiled a set of bills aimed at addressing the budget shortfall. Senator Arthur Orr says one of the biggest challenges will be coming to a consensus next week. “It’s very difficult to raise taxes, […]

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    Continuing the conversation on race relations in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The community is again invited to a conversation about race relations at UAH. The public forum, scheduled for Thursday, July 30th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Charger Union Theater, drew a crowd of around 30 people. The event was a follow-up to April’s “Let’s Start the Conversation Concerning Race Relations,” which focused on the relationship between the community and police. For Thursday evening’s forum, the conversation was more general. Organizers say the goal was to find […]

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    Gov. Robert Bentley releases bills aimed at reducing budget shortfall

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 has obtained copies of Governor Robert Bentley’s latest bills aimed at the budget shortfall affecting the General Fund. It involves budget reforms along with revenue increases. His plans include un-earmarking around $400 million from other General Fund agencies to transfer to the General Fund, amending the Rolling Reserve Act to remove certain restrictions, and using the one-time BP settlement funds toward the General Fund debt. It also would increase the tobacco tax by 25 […]

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    Texas Senator Ted Cruz to visit Huntsville on August 9

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate hoping to earn the nomination from the GOP, will visit Huntsville next month. His website lists an Ice Cream Town Hall set for Sunday, August 9 at the Jackson Center. The event will also be hosted by Congressman Mo Brooks. You can use that link to register for the event, which our news partners at The Huntsville Times and AL.com report will be free and open to the public and presented […]

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    Facilities cybersecurity protects against threats you may not think about

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Experts say the range of cyber threats is growing and federal facilities aren’t immune. In Huntsville, the US Army Corps of Engineers center in Huntsville is working to protect against those threats in ways you may not realize are key parts of national security. They’re taking a look at facility cybersecurity, dealing with threats in infrastructure like heating and cooling systems and utilities. One of those experts, branch chief Daniel Shepard, tells us those things rely on […]

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    Drowning at Lewis Bluff ruled accidental, rescue squad worker says area is dangerous

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Sheriff Ana Franklin confirmed a drowning at Lewis Bluff in Morgan County Monday evening. She said the victim, a 20-year-old Andrew Harrison, was with several other people jumping off the bluff and swimming in the river below early Monday evening when he went under and never resurfaced. She says someone swimming with him attempted to get him out, but couldn’t find him. A rescue squad recovered the body around 8 p.m.  Morgan County coroner Jeffrey Chunn said […]

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    Judge to hand down decision in Lauderdale County inmate abortion lawsuit by Friday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton joined his attorneys in federal court Monday. He’s named in a lawsuit for reportedly denying an inmate her right to an abortion. Attorneys for the woman identified as “Jane Doe” claim Singleton is violating her rights and allowing cruel and unusual punishment. She’s represented by ACLU Legal Director Randall Marshall, who says time is of the essence in this case. “An abortion is a very safe procedure during the first trimester, but […]

  • Some Phenix City residents shocked, others not surprised by theater shooter’s violence

    PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WHNT)– At suspected Louisiana theater shooter John Russell Houser’s former neighborhood in Phenix City, things are quiet right now. Neighbors say they’re usually that way. But they tell us when Houser left his house on 32nd Street, things were anything but quiet. “The way he left the house, he was clearly not someone who was thinking straight,” said Rick Chancey, who lives next door to Houser’s former home. “Something had to be wrong.” Russell County Sheriff Heath […]

  • Huntsville planners considering improvements to Greenbrier corridor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — We already know the city of Huntsville and its partners have welcomed Polaris into the Limestone County part of the city. The ATV manufacturer is in the middle of construction on its site and is expected to wrap by the end of the fall 2016 quarter, said Huntsville’s mayor, Tommy Battle. Thursday, the city council gave urban planners the go-ahead to start work on a plan that will fund infrastructure surrounding the property in Huntsville-annexed Limestone […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Man searching for owner of Redstone Arsenal Army challenge coin

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Casey Clark considers himself a coin collector. But recently he was looking at a coin his grandfather gave him almost ten years ago, and saw something new. “I just happened to look down and I was like, ‘Wow, there’s something engraved there!'” he said. The coin has “SPC Marcus Nelson” written on one side, and “US Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School” written on the other. Clark has been trying to find the owner, with […]

  • Teen injured by accidental gunshot returns home from hospital in tearful reunion

    ATHENS, Ala. – After an evening hang-out turned disastrous for a group of Athens friends, who found themselves helping a friend recover from an accidental gunshot last month, Austin Lopez has finally come home from in the hospital. It’s been several weeks. He has had several surgeries and a painful skin graft to heal where the bullet went through his femoral artery. In the meantime, his friends and family have been looking out for him. Tuesday, Austin’s family called WHNT to tell […]

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    Local POW explains frustration over Trump’s controversial remarks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial remarks questioning whether POW, and now senator, John McCain is a war hero, local veterans are also taking offense. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured.  I like people that weren’t captured, I have to tell you.” Col. Leo Thorsness (USAF Ret.) has been awarded a Medal of Honor for his service. He was captured and kept for six years after his plane […]


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