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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
  • Redstone Arsenal’s health care center undergoing major lab upgrades

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)– Redstone Arsenal’s health center, the Fox Army Health Center, is undergoing a big upgrade project in its laboratory. “We are enhancing all aspects of clinical medicine,” commented Michael Yarbrough, Chief of Pathology and Radiology Services. It started with a plan to change the inside of the lab, from the front desk and waiting area to the back end where testing is done. “From the ground up we are completely re-designing every aspect for efficiency, for flow, for […]

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    Madison County Schools preparing budget with concerns about Alabama Education Trust Fund

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)–  Madison County School officials presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget at Tuesday’s board meeting. CFO Karen O’Bannon tells WHNT News 19 the $150 million is balanced, but there are still concerns about funding sources. She says an inadequate tax structure keeps Madison County Schools from cashing in on more local revenue. She adds that county schools can’t capitalize on certain taxes that municipal school systems of similar sizes can. These things together create financial strain. O’Bannon […]

  • Police: radio problems complicate work on multi-agency scenes in Marshall County

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT)– Arab Police say Sunday’s incident was tense and stressful in many ways. What exactly happened in a shootout that left a police officer wounded and an Arab man dead is still being investigated, and the scene cleared Monday afternoon. But Sunday night, many police officers and deputies from multiple agencies were on-scene. Police say, with all those agencies that use different kinds of radios communication is a challenge, because some of those radio systems don’t work together very well. […]


    NEW DETAILS: Car thefts, chase led up to officer involved shooting, people involved identified

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Multiple agencies are investigating a shooting that left an Arab Police officer wounded and an Arab man dead. The man killed in the Sunday evening Cullman County shooting is identified as Christopher Ray Tompkins, 36 of Arab. Marshall County Sheriff’s Office officials say Sissy Amanda Vaughn is facing a theft of property charge stemming from the events that took place prior to the shooting. Officials say there had been numerous reports of stolen vehicles in […]

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    Man’s video of dog in rain creates social media firestorm, flood of calls for police — but the dog’s situation has already improved

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Video of a dog in heavy rain in a man’s backyard in Marshall County has created a huge load of phone calls and complaints for local police and the animal control officer. The situation has been resolved.  The dog has had shelter since Wednesday, August 19, thanks to 2nd Chance Animal Shelter in Boaz. That’s the same day a viewer posted video on the WHNT News 19 Facebook page to ask us to do something about the […]

  • Lincoln County Schools expand breakfast program in classrooms

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Every morning at Highland Rim School in Lincoln County, students roll bags of breakfast to classrooms. It’s part of the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative adopted school-wide this year, says Principal Debbie Foster. It brings breakfast from the cafeteria directly to the students’ desks, and it’s free for any student who qualifies for free or reduced meals. She says it began as a pilot program last year in grades 4-8, but has now been extended […]

  • Sand Mountain family officially owns home, thanks to local ministry

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- A Sand Mountain family went to sleep Wednesday night in a home they fully own.  The deed was signed over to the Payne family Wednesday night, thanks to a local organization that builds and then directly sells homes to families in need for just the principal cost. The Heart and Hand Homes ministry at the Upper Sand Mountain Parish, along with their community partners, make it possible. Part of the support also comes from the North […]

  • Lincoln County leaders: More industry, jobs on horizon

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) — Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman says the area’s business community has seen a lot of action over the past few months. But not all of it has been bad. WHNT News 19 previously reported the Goodman plant in Fayetteville is closing in 2017, and 1,900 people are expected to lose their jobs. But Mayor Newman says other action over the past few months has him the opposite of defeated. “I think when it gets here in […]

  • Cyber Security campus coming to Redstone Arsenal

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)– Just about everyone is aware of cyber risks these days, from data breaches to computer viruses. But weapons systems used by war fighters are also at risk for cyber attacks. So leaders at Redstone Arsenal say a unique cyber campus coming to the arsenal will combat the problem in new and aggressive ways. The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is already a leader in cutting-edge weapons work. They’ve recently acquired two buildings […]

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    Huntsville Police investigating gas station stabbing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville Police are investigating a stabbing they say also involved a car wreck. The original incident happened at the Jet Pep gas station on Memorial Parkway according to investigators. Police tell a WHNT News 19 crew on the scene that they believe the victim got into an altercation with another person when he was stabbed. Police say the victim then drove not to the hospital, but to Ruby Tuesday on South Memorial Parkway where they worked. On […]

  • After last year’s mold concerns, Union Hill School leaders “confident” about air quality this year

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– This year Union Hill School leaders say they’ve been proactive about air quality. This comes after concern from parents and claims students were getting sick because of mold found growing above several classrooms last year. School officials tell us this past summer, Morgan County Schools hired experts to retrofit HVAC units in every classroom. They stress, there was no remaining concern about mold, and Principal Robert Elliot says testing around the building eliminated further cause for concern well […]

  • Local university teams up with organizations to help at-risk students attend college

    NORMAL, Ala. (WHNT)– Alabama A&M University, The Pinnacle Schools and Save the Youth, Incorporated signed a Memorandum of Agreement Wednesday to form a program officials say will help at-risk students attend college and boost retention. “Taking chances on people that others will not, that’s a part of who we are. That’s a part of our mission,” said A&M President Andrew Hugine. Students affiliated with these organizations get a lot of additional help and resources to graduate high school, but now […]


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