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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!

Recent Articles
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    TAKING ACTION: Car wrecks involving deer are up this time of year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– In Alabama, State Farm estimates you have a 1 in 133 chance of hitting a deer while driving.  That’s slightly higher than the national average. Deer are moving targets you might just find caught in your headlights. So we’re taking action to help you avoid crashes, and know what to do if you can’t. Trooper Curtis Summerville said deer crossing signs aren’t just for show. Perhaps the most obvious of his tips are to wear your seat […]

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    Charities in Huntsville struggling with their mission to serve

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It’s a tough time to be a charity serving the homeless right now. There are several struggling with various issues lately, and service community members tell us it’s not easily getting better. Just this week, the Downtown Rescue Mission announced it broke a record for the number of people seeking shelter. More than 285 men, women, and children came to stay there Tuesday night, and mission leaders say it’s a record high in the mission’s 40-year history. […]

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    North Parkway revitalization continues in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  Huntsville City Council unanimously voted to purchase two more parcels of land off North Memorial Parkway to continue the area’s revitalization. One of those parcels is the old Terry’s Pizza building ,which has fallen into disrepair since the restaurant closed. It’s part of North Parkway that doesn’t look pretty. “It just looks really sad,” explained Sharon Walker, Founder of the nearby Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. “It really needs to be perked up and […]

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    Parents reaching dead ends in search for removal of anti-abortion protesters

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After concerns were raised earlier this school year about protesters outside Huntsville’s Academy for Academics and Arts, parents say they are still seeking relief. Sarah Brown asked the city council Thursday, along with a group of other parents, for help.  She said they want protesters off school grounds during school pickup and dismissal times, and came asking for an ordinance to allow that. Council members said the council, city legal team and Huntsville Police have looked into the […]

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    Breaking Free Rescue Mission thrift store closes, mission will soon do the same

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Patrons came to the Breaking Free Rescue Mission Thrift Shop for the last time Wednesday, searching for last-minute finds before it officially closed to the public at 6 PM. Staff members said that anything left behind in the store would be donated to other local charities the following day. They said some charities were ready to come pick up items. The rest of the Breaking Free Rescue Mission will close after Thanksgiving. Staff members said the closure […]

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    Madison continues to explore possible city manager

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison City Council is continuing discussion about changing the city’s form of government to include a possible city manager position. The committee formed to research the idea over the summer has now made its recommendation. Chair John Allen said they researched for weeks and visited multiple Alabama cities to gain perspective. They looked at multiple forms of government, but the majority agreed to recommend the city manager-council-mayor form for Madison. “Typically you find a city manager that […]

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    Army leader explains energy’s role in national security

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– While officials ask you to stay vigilant if you’re overseas as well as at home in these troubled times, the Department of Defense is implementing travel restrictions for military personnel, employees, contractors and their families, prohibiting unofficial travel to Paris. “I think we are all concerned about the safety and security of American citizens,” said Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. She said Paris showed aspects of our world that are […]

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    Resources available to check on loved ones in wake of Paris shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– If your loved one is traveling in Paris, it’s likely you’re frantic to find out if they’re safe. There are several resources available to you. First, Facebook has created a link to a new Safety Check for the Paris Attacks: it can be found here. If you are traveling or living in Paris, you can mark your safety status through the site. Then, your Facebook friends can access the link to check on you. The “Safety Check” […]

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    Downtown Rescue Mission still in need of turkeys to feed homeless and families in need on Thanksgiving

    UPDATE: As of Friday, November 13, the Mission still needs hundreds of turkeys.  If you can help, they are needed by this Sunday, Nov. 15 to prepare for Thanksgiving food boxes to give to needy families.  There’s more information below. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Every year, the Downtown Rescue Mission helps the homeless and families in need during the Thanksgiving holidays. To serve those families in the community who can’t afford to purchase a traditional Thanksgiving Meal, the Downtown Rescue Mission […]

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    Authorities arrest Madison teacher in early-morning shooting, victim was in a relationship with his daughter

    HARVEST, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says a man who shot an 18-year-old inside his house early Thursday morning has been arrested. Fitzgerald McQueen, 50,  is charged with first-degree assault. He was released on bond Thursday evening. Investigators say they were called to a home in the 100 block of Thunderbird Drive around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday. They say a teen suffered a gunshot wound, and determined it was not life threatening. He was taken to Huntsville Hospital. […]

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    Redstone Gateway construction moves forward, restaurants and hotel to come

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Redstone Gateway project has been in the works since 2010. Defense contractor DRS Technologies and Boeing are already settled in, and the park is getting bigger. Just take a look to your right next time you head toward Gate 9. Greg Hall, Redstone Gateway Project Executive, said the dirt you’ll see being moved will soon be The Shops at Redstone Gateway, the amenity center for the park. “It’s 120,000 square feet of retail that will include […]

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    Other local mission prepares to absorb loss of Breaking Free Rescue Mission

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– As the Breaking Free Rescue Mission prepares to close, other community resources stand by to absorb the loss. Breaking Free Rescue Mission leaders announced plans to close at a meeting with clients and staff Monday evening. The plans include shutting down the labor program and thrift shop by November 18 and attempting to keep clients sheltered through Thanksgiving. Downtown Rescue Mission President and CEO Keith Overholt said when he originally heard the news, “I was thinking, ‘Wow, there’s about 40 people […]


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