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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
  • Road construction causes week of delays on I-565 through Madison

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  Backups on Interstate 565 have been the norm this week during an ALDOT paving project on County Line Road. When it’s complete, the red light on County Line Road will be shifted to the north about 100 feet, and a new access road and ramp constructed to join County Line Road with the interstate. But right now, crews are working on paving. For safety, they have had the interstate cut down to one lane, forcing traffic to uncomfortably […]

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    Revolutionary heart procedure opens the door for people considered ‘inoperable’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– In August, a team of Huntsville Hospital medical staff at The Heart Center started offering the only transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures in North Alabama. They are now able to take referrals from area physicians. It’s a procedure to treat Aortic Stenosis, a condition most commonly in the elderly that causes the aortic valve to malfunction. It doesn’t open easily because it calcifies, so pressure builds in the heart. Cardiologists say common symptoms are shortness of breath, blood […]

  • Parents renew discussion about Madison County superintendent appointment vs. election

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Should a county superintendent be appointed, or elected? The issue has resurfaced in Madison County, where the superintendent is currently elected to the position. But some area parents are pushing to change that. They have set up a meeting on Oct. 28 to talk about switching to an appointment system for the county superintendent. A county school leader hasn’t been chosen that way since 1991, when Alabama legislators passed a local act to switch to […]

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    Madison City Schools urge voters to mark “yes” on Amendment 4

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)– If you’re planning to vote in Alabama this November, Madison City Schools wants you to carefully consider Amendment 4. The school system is interested enough to pass a resolution in support of the amendment. “This is very important. This is very important in education. And this is very important in education in the City of Madison,” says Superintendent Dee Fowler. This amendment would require a legislative 2/3 vote before passing any unfunded state mandates that cost more than $50,000 […]

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    Geospatial and energy summit planned in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Wednesday, Mayor Tommy Battle and GEO-Energy leaders announced their upcoming summit, set for November 12-13. The focus this year– National Security and Energy Independence. “It’s one of those things where we’re putting Huntsville on the map,” said Battle. Joe Francica, head of GeoHuntsville, said their Blueprint for Safety project is going well. It’s one of the things they’re going to showcase at the summit, which will be at the US Space and Rocket Center. It uses sattelites […]

  • Bald eagle flies at Challenger Elementary & Middle to commemorate 25th anniversary

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Tuesday, a bald eagle named “Challenger” met awestruck Challenger Middle and Elementary school students in honor of their schools’ 25th birthdays. Challenger himself is a rescue, raised and protected by the American Eagle Foundation headquartered in Dollywood.  He travels all over the country with his handlers to fly into arenas and stadiums. Tuesday, he flew through the schools’ gymnasium. Dianne Hasty, principal of Challenger Middle School, said, “Having this eagle here today is very very special.” Here’s […]

  • Athletes compete in Huntsville’s Special Olympics

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Maybe it’s because of all the cheering, hugging, and high-fives, but there didn’t seem to be a single frown at the Special Olympics at Huntsville’s Milton Frank Stadium. The 47th Special Olympics Track and Field competition brought athletes aging from 8 to 65 to the field to compete in races, shot put, and more. We spoke to Rashaunye Williams after he won his third 1st place ribbon at the games. “I always like running. And it’s been […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]


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