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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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    Huntsville City Schools and incoming superintendent Matt Akin reach agreement

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Incoming superintendent Matt Akin and the Huntsville school board have an agreement, Elisa Ferrell, Huntsville City School Board President, said Friday. Ferrell said Akin verbally agreed to the terms of a contract the board approved earlier this week. The board offered him a 3-year contract at a $195,000 salary. It was the second offer the board made in a series of public negotiations. The board attorneys will now send Dr. Akin and his attorney that revised contract, and he is expected […]

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    WHNT News 19 gets private tour of new Grissom High School

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Next school year Grissom students, faculty and staff will have a brand new school to call their own. It’s still under construction, the finishing touches being put into place throughout the next few months. Construction crews are expected to complete the job by May, giving the teachers and staff plenty of time to prepare their new offices and classrooms for the start of the fall semester. The project, when completed, will cost $75 million. Huntsville City Schools […]

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    Concerned citizens ask Huntsville City Council and Mayor to create a sanctuary city

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Immigration is a controversial topic in national politics, and it is making its way to the local level in the Rocket City. Thursday, a group of concerned citizens came to the Huntsville City Council. They wanted to speak at the meeting about immigration enforcement, advocating for Huntsville to become a sanctuary city. “Undocumented people in Huntsville are terrified of police officers, because officers are associated with the destruction of things they hold dear, like permanent separation from […]

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    Council member Devyn Keith announces community conversation on policing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After dealing with an encounter with police, Huntsville City Councilman Devyn Keith wants to start a community conversation. Keith represents District 1. He said last week that the encounter — where police apparently briefly questioned him as a potential robbery suspect based on his race and clothing — was resolved with “civility between myself and the officers on duty.” He still wants the community to weigh in. This week, Keith announced a date for that community conversation about […]

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    Ever notice that tall tower at Redstone Arsenal? It’s back open for business

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Russell Tower is back open, and ready to accept business at AMRDEC at Redstone Arsenal. You may have noticed it high above the base. Russell Tower is 329 feet high and will be used as an observation platform managed by the Aviation Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. When the Army, government agencies, or other customers run tests on energetic devices down on the ground, the tower acts as a sensor platform. It’s tall, nearly 500 stairs up, with an unparalleled […]

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    During a tornado, is your “safe place” actually safe?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When a storm is approaching, do you have a plan to keep you and your family safe? It may seem like a waste of time to make a plan when there’s no tornado activity in sight, but weather experts we spoke with told us it is important to be proactive. You need to have a safe place chosen where your family can go at a moment’s notice when a storm threatens, and regularly practice that plan. We […]

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    Huntsville City School Board members approve terms on new superintendent contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville School Board has voted on the terms of Matt Akin’s contract for a second time, extending a second offer. Akin came back with a counter-offer to the board’s first offer last week. The board, in a special session Tuesday, came up in salary and passed through some additional benefits. Walker moves for $195,000 a year base salary. Passes 3-2 @whnt — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) February 22, 2017 The board will now be offering a 3-year contract […]

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    Tennessee Valley landscaper has a hand in replacing Auburn Oaks

    MADISON, Ala. – When the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner were replaced over the weekend, some love from the Tennessee Valley went into the ground with them. Greg Shaw is a Madison city councilman, but his day job is running full-service landscaping company, Southern Scape. He and his wife went to Auburn as undergraduates. Recently, Auburn leaders gave them the chance to give back by asking them to be part of the team that transplanted new twin oaks at Toomer’s […]

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    Huntsville City Schools Board votes on contract offer for new superintendent

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-The Huntsville City Schools Board of Education has voted on a contract offer for Matthew Akin as next superintendent. The board voted three to two to offer Akin a three-year contract that would run through June 30, 2020.  Akin had requested a four-year contract. 3 year contract passes 3-2. That's what the board will offer akin @whnt — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) February 17, 2017 The offer will include a base salary of $179,500 per year, as well as $800 […]

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    Multiple Tennessee school systems will be closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Lincoln County Schools, Lawrence County, Tenn. Schools and Fayetteville City Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to increased illness.  In a Facebook post, Fayetteville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Janine Wilson confirmed that nearly 300 students and faculty were absent with sickness. Fayetteville City Schools officials said that the FAST program will be open regular hours on Thursday, but will be closed on Friday. Even Lawrence County Schools is closing. Giles County Schools will be […]

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    UAH students developing system to down drones

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Drones are increasing in popularity, and many in the Tennessee Valley may own them. But defense technology company Northrop Grumman is doing research about how to down enemy drones, if they’re being used for something sinister. They challenged UAH seniors to figure out how to take down a drone without actually shooting it down, or using a method that involves contact. The UAH group, while partnering with Northrop on the project, came up with a way to […]

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    Big Spring Park renovations starting to reveal a new landscape

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Big Spring Park renovations continue this month, but city leaders say the finish line is in the horizon. We first told you about the Big Spring Park West makeover in July. Now, the construction gates have been removed, revealing the completed first phase of the park. The area between the red bridge and Church Street is largely open to the public, although wooden fences still remain to keep pedestrians off the sod. You’ll see some changes to the […]