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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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    Parent input wanted now that Huntsville superintendent interviews are finished

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Huntsville City Schools board members continue the search for superintendent, they interviewed five finalists for the job. WHNT News 19 also interviewed the candidates. We spoke with them each before they went into the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce to meet with members of the community. Board President Elisa Ferrell said the search process went well through the interview portion. “I’m glad so many people were able to attend the meetings,” said Ferrell. “I’m hoping a […]

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    Huntsville City School Board interviews fifth superintendent finalist Matthew Akin

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Matthew Akin, Superintendent of Piedmont City Schools, took his turn before the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education Monday. He was the last of five finalists to formally interview for the superintendent position. It was Akin’s birthday, and his wife drove up to Huntsville to sit in the audience. Akin described his philosophy: “We should all have an urgency, a strong sense of urgency, to provide the best education possible to all of our students, all the […]

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    Huntsville City School Board interviews superintendent finalist Verna Ruffin

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Huntsville City Schools continues the search for its next superintendent, the board interviewed Verna Ruffin. Ruffin currently works as superintendent of Jackson-Madison County Schools in Tennessee. She said she wants to come to Huntsville because she’s an agent of change, and has a history as such. During her interview, she mentioned multiple times being impressed but Huntsville’s school buildings and programs. “I just see that this is an amazing place,” she noted, “with potential beyond imagination. […]

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    Huntsville City School Board interviews third superintendent finalist Robyne Thompson

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools continues the work looking for a new superintendent by interviewing Robyne Thompson for the job. The board previously identified five finalists, and they started interviews earlier this week. Thompson said she has a past in Huntsville. She grew up here with her military family for several years, even attending schools within the system. “My dad retired, he went to work for NASA, and he died in ’72 so he’s buried here. I have a special […]

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    Huntsville City School Board interviews first superintendent candidate Katrise Perera

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of former employees, against the owners of the Salty Gator Trading Company. WHNT News 19 has been investigating the reported problems at the restaurant for months. It started when a group of former employees said they quit their jobs at the restaurant, but never received their final paychecks. Later, employees told WHNT News 19 the Salty Gator Trading Company closed without a warning, and it left them in a lurch, […]

  • Top: Dr. Agnella Katrise Perera, left and Dr. Matthew Akin, right. Bottom: Dr. Robyne Thompson, left, Dr. Sandra Spivey, center and Dr. Verna Ruffin, right.

    TODAY: Interviews begin for Huntsville Superintendent finalists

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    Names of finalists for Madison City Schools superintendent released

    MADISON, Ala. – WHNT News 19 learned the names of the finalists for superintendent at Madison City Schools during a Thursday school board work session.  The board approved the finalists shortly after, during a regular meeting. Dee Fowler, the previous superintendent, left office on December 1 after taking a job with the state. The application period ended in mid-December.   The Madison City School board has been going over the applications with the board attorney. The board received interest from 40 […]

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    Madison County deputies release 2016 crime data

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