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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
  • Dr. David Copeland gives a brief update on the threat found at Madison County High School. (Photo: Kristen Conner/WHNT News 19)

    Sheriff’s office investigates threatening graffiti found at Madison County High School

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating threatening graffiti found in a boys’ restroom at Madison County High School. Students found the graffiti on Friday and reported it.  Superintendent David Copeland said the school will have extra law enforcement and staff supervision at the school to increase safety while deputies work on the investigation. Monday, deputies were at the school to work to identify the source.  Dr. Copeland says the wording of the threat points to […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Ebola facts vs. fiction

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to separate Ebola facts from fiction. After the outbreak in three African countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) and a handful of cases in the United States, the nation is on alert. But do you know the facts? First, know Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with blood and body fluids, not through the air or water. For more on that, click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control website. […]

  • Huntsville Hospital officials discuss their ebola plans and precautions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville Hospital officials are being proactive about Ebola as concerns grow nationwide. There are only a handful of confirmed Ebola cases in the US, although, the outbreak in Africa has meant widespread transmission in three countries. Hospital officials remind us the disease is spread through blood and body fluid contact with a person who is showing symptoms. Cases in the US have been deemed “unlikely,” but Huntsville Hospital has a plan in case this makes its way to our area. […]

  • “Sugarland” country music star swings through Huntsville to promote solo album

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– You may know him from the popular country band “Sugarland”, but now singer-songwriter Kristian Bush is starting a solo career on the side. He stopped by the Jerry Damson Honda Listener Lounge at WDRM Thursday to promote his new song “Trailer Hitch” and spoke with WHNT News 19. Before the performance, he took time to talk to fans and explained why he loves working solo, although he’s not leaving Sugarland. He says people may not know he’s a […]

  • Berhe Xavier Starling (Photo: Huntsville Police)

    Starling pleads guilty to carrying a pistol, preliminary hearing set on manslaughter charge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT )– A judge has accepted 18-year-old Berhe Starling’s guilty plea to unlawfully carrying a pistol. Starling was charged for that last July. He will serve 60 days in jail consecutively and must pay a fine. It’s the same man charged with manslaughter in the death of Huntsville homeless man Mark Pridmore last month. In that separate case, police say Starling punched Pridmore at a gas station on University Drive, and the injuries Pridmore received led to his […]

  • Small group protests Madison County school board over Sparkman Middle rape case

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– A group protested Thursday outside the Madison County School Board office Thursday evening. They say they’re concerned for the victim after accusations of negligence in dealing with an alleged rape. The case dates back to 2010 at Sparkman Middle School. The lawsuit alleges a teacher’s aide used a 14-year-old child as bait, hoping to catch a male student accused of sexual misconduct. While the school system claims school officials had no involvement and the aide acted […]

  • Lincoln County begins sex offender notification program

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT)– The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure you get a good look at sex offenders who may live in your neighborhood. You can always use the Tennesee Bureau of Investigations website to view them, but in a community meeting some rural residents told county leaders they don’t have access to that. “Sex offenders were in the area and the people weren’t able to be notified because they didn’t have computers, or access to computers or […]

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    Early Voting begins for Tennessee voters

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT)– There’s more than the usual on the ballot in Tennessee. Early voting began Wednesday for the general election set for November 4th. There may be some amendments on the ticket that could surprise you if you didn’t study up. Besides choosing a new governor, senators and representatives, along with local officials, there are two state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The proposed Amendment 3 deals with income tax. As you likely know, there isn’t one in Tennessee right […]

  • Hazel Green veteran returns home with military, police escort

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– After veteran Dustin Payne’s tragic death in a North Dakota welding accident, his family and friends have been grieving his loss. During Monday’s storm as it came through Huntsville, his friends gathered at the airport to escort his body to the Berry Hill Funeral Home, where he will stay until he is laid to rest. Dustin’s friends tell WHNT News 19 that he’s a Marine so he’s family to them, and they’ll do anything for him. This […]

  • Proposed Ordinance before Madison City Council implements storm water impact fee

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — Madison residents could see an added fee as early as next year if a proposed ordinance is approved. Monday night, the Madison City Council had its first reading of a proposed ordinance to implement storm water management fees, which would affect property owners. City Engineer Gary Chynoweth said, if passed, the fee would be assessed on a property tax bill. “In general, it’s $10 for each residential property with a house on it,” he said, “and […]

  • Veteran’s family supported after his death in a North Dakota welding accident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– 28-year-old Dustin Payne of Hazel Green died in the hospital, days after a tank he was working on exploded in North Dakota. Payne worked as a welder for Nabors Completion and Production Services in Williston, the hub of the bustling North Dakota oil patch. He was hurt in an explosion on October 3. Payne’s family and friends in Alabama have been monitoring his situation from afar. After his passing came the shock. “I mean, you expect something […]

  • Child pornography investigators can track data trails of shared files

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Police continue to investigate the hidden-camera case that has affected several Huntsville businesses. Jeremy Nelson is already charged with production of child pornography, with other charges expected on a federal level. Production of child pornography is a crime that carries the most severe charges in internet child crime cases, according to Bryan Cox, Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman. It carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. “Let’s be very clear,” he said, “Production of child […]


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