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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
  • DEVELOPING: Federal judge puts hold on same-sex marriage ruling in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After overturning Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages, a federal court has granted a temporary hold on implementing the ruling for fourteen days. The court’s ruling states that the Attorney General has not shown enough cause for an indefinite stay. However, the court believes it should hear out the appeal by the Attorney General before allowing same-sex marriages to go forward in the state. So the court grants a two-week stay to allow the AG to prepare […]

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    Alabama Probate Judges Association issues guidance on issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Probate Judges Association called a teleconference today to discuss their guidance on same-sex marriages following a federal court ruling. The association’s attorney, Al Agricola, says the ruling has no effect on anybody not named in the lawsuit and probate judges were not parties to the legal matter. Agricola added that nothing in the ruling would require probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He points out that Luther Strange was the defendant […]

  • Expert discusses cyber attacks and their effect on security, defense

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–David Sanger is the New York Times National Security Correspondent, and you can also see him on CBS’s Face the Nation. Saturday, you could also find him at the Huntsville Museum of Art as part of their ongoing Voices of Our Times lecture series. Sanger spoke to the crowd about what the nation has learned from the Obama and Bush administrations, as it relates to national security. Before he gave his speech, we asked him about cyber security. […]

  • City eyes retail to lead continued development in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The former Crossroads Music Hall and Heritage Club buildings are vacant in downtown Huntsville. Leaders in Huntsville say they’d be excited to see something happen with these properties. But that wish may soon come true. “All of the ideas are in the concept stage, the negotiation stage,” said Chad Emerson of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. “But we’ll hope that some of the ideas start to shake loose in 2015.” Hope is a theme as the downtown continues to […]

  • ‘Cheeburger Cheeburger’ raises money for apartment fire victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville Fire and Rescue responded to Cheeburger Cheeburger on Whitesburg Drive Tuesday. But it wasn’t for a fire. It was for community service, part of a fundraising event at the restaurant to benefit apartment fire victims. A group of restaurant workers and volunteers held a meet-and-greet with firefighters, and the restaurant offered 15% of total sales to the cause. From 6-8   p.m., a milkshake contest also raised funds. Some of the fire victims also came out to say thank you to […]

  • Young girl’s birthday wish to help hungry Harvest families

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT)– 7, soon to be 8-year-old Emma has a special birthday wish. “For people who need food to have the food they need,” said Emma Lingenfelter, whose birthday falls in February. At her party last weekend at a cheerleading gym in Athens, she asked party guests to bring canned goods and other non-perishables. And people delivered, big time. Emma said she received a garage-full of donations the week before the party, and at the party two tables were […]

  • UPDATE: School administrators say no additional cause for concern after mold found at Union Hill School

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– An update Tuesday about mold found at a Morgan County school. Earlier, WHNT News 19 reported that administrators at Union Hill High School tested for mold around the building after it was recently found and cleaned from ceiling pipes above several classrooms. Tuesday, Superintendent Bill Hopkins confirms tests from other areas of the school came back without cause for concern. He says they are still working to address the condensation issue and prevent more mold in […]

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    Florence Police investigating drive-by shooting

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)– Florence Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened just before 10 PM Monday. WHNT News 19’s Catherine Awasthi reports from the scene in the tweet below. Man grazed by bullet in leg after drive by shooting, robbery in Weeden Heights area. FPD are investigating. @whnt pic.twitter.com/PPEIB1gwBe — Catherine Awasthi (@Catherine_WHNT) January 20, 2015 Police say it happened at the Weeden Heights neighborhood on Palm Street in East Florence. Investigators believe it was tied to a robbery they’re also […]

  • Representatives talk supporting local industry jobs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A roller coaster couple of weeks for many industry workers in the Tennessee Valley. A plant closure in Marshall County followed news that ATV manufacturer Polaris will soon set up in Huntsville. “Right now, we really have very little we can do for existing industries,” said Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard in a speech to the Madison County Republican Men’s Club Saturday. “We have a lot of things we can do to recruit some company from out […]

  • AL House Speaker Mike Hubbard visits Huntsville, talks plans for upcoming Legislative session

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It was a packed house at Saturday’s Madison County Republican Men’s Club’s monthly breakfast in Huntsville. It was held at Trinity United Methodist Church. This month’s guest was Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. “We’re not done changing Montgomery,” he told the members his party who filled the room. Hubbard discussed things on the agenda for this upcoming Legislative session. Education reform was one item. Hubbard mentioned tenure reform, school choice, and charter schools as options Republicans would push. […]

  • Man dies in Boaz early-morning house fire

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT)- Boaz Fire Chief Jeff Beck confirms a man died in a house fire on Arrington Drive in Boaz early Saturday morning. It happened just before 5 a.m. Four people lived in the home, and three were able to make it out safely. The Marshall County Coroner Marlon Killion confirms 88-year-old Millard Arrington died in the fire due to smoke inhalation. Arrington was pronounced dead at the scene. Fire crews are still working to determine what caused the fire. […]

  • Full Cyber Security program approved at Huntsville City Schools Career Academies

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Coming soon — new Cyber Security classes for students in Huntsville City SChools Career Academies. “Ultimately, we will have comprehensive four year cyber security curriculum,” said Susan Moon, Career Academy Coordinator. Juniors and Seniors are already studying cyber security. The change would be new additions, “Infosec” 1 and 2, soon to be accompanied by 3 and 4. Infosec 1 would be available for 9th graders. That class is already going this semester, through a pilot program. “They’re […]


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