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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.

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    Durham School Services brings in regional manager to oversee Huntsville operations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After parents reported problems communicating with Durham School Services about serious issues, like students not returning home on the bus, Durham is under new leadership in its Huntsville division. The Illinois-based company brought in region manager Dave Brabender to take the place of the former general manager, who is no longer working for Durham, although it was not explained why. Durham Public Relations Manager Molly Hart said in a statement to WHNT News 19: “Our region manager, with 4 decades […]

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    Huntsville police investigating gunshots, blood found at Madison Gardens Apartments

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police are investigating an incident at Madison Gardens apartments in Huntsville. Thursday evening before 10 PM, there was a large Huntsville police presence there. Police have taped off a portion of the complex, and have several apartments included in that area. Weldwood Road was blocked at the Old Madison Pike intersection. Police said blood was found throughout the apartment complex, but they have not found a victim on the scene. That’s why they say they taped off such a wide […]

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    Parents meet with Huntsville schools leaders to talk about Behavioral Learning Guide

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A meeting Thursday at Sonnie Hereford III Elementary School was parents’ chance to have their questions answered about the school system’s Behavioral Learning Guides. This set of guides, one for elementary and one for secondary education, is the school system’s replacement for the previous Code of Conduct. After a public comment period, a committee of 8 administrators and 8 teachers wrote the guides outlining student discipline. They are now in effect, after a board of education vote, […]

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    VOTE TODAY: See who’s on the ballot and check your polling site

    Municipal elections are today in many cities and towns across Alabama. Polls are open until 7 p.m. WHNT News 19 has you covered with results tonight!

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    Calhoun Community College welcomes back students with new academic building

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Calhoun Community College’s campus in Huntsville welcomed back new students Monday. A new building also opened to students who have math and science classes there. It’s the biggest part of the growing two-year community college’s expansion project in Huntsville, and as you can see from the adjacent photo, gives the campus greater exposure from the road. You can see the new building across from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on I-565. Campus Director Mark Branon said, “It’s pride. I take […]

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    TAKING ACTION: What’s the future of Sears and JC Penney at Madison Square Mall?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Madison Square Mall will soon become MidCity, a new development. But what will be the fate of the anchor stores still left at the site? WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find out. Huntsville City Council member Will Culver said the city is in negotiations with JC Penney, but no decisions have been made yet. Whether JC Penney will stay or go has yet to be determined, he said. In an email, representatives from JC Penney […]

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    New hotel, Westin renovations coming to Bridge Street in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The Westin Huntsville and the above empty floors will get new life during major upgrades over the rest of the year. At a party Thursday, Westin Huntsville General Manager Mark Nelson said the Westin Huntsville will soon see renovations.The vacant upper floors, including condominiums, will soon become an entirely new hotel. It will be called The Element Huntsville by Westin. The Element will be located on floors seven to 11 of the building. It’s described as a “modern upscale” feel […]

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    UPDATE: Alabama Senate to debate two lottery bills Wednesday

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP AND WHNT) – Lottery bills are getting their first test with Alabama lawmakers. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee met this morning for public hearings on five different lottery bills. Two made it past the committee within the first fifteen minutes of the committee’s afternoon meeting, and committee chair and Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Del Marsh (R- Anniston) says they’ll be addressed first thing Wednesday. “All we can do is let the process work to see if there’s […]

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    Representative Mac McCutcheon elected Speaker of the House

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Monday marked the start of a Special Session in Montgomery.  Governor Robert Bentley hopes Legislators can fix the state’s “funding crisis.” State Representatives have also named a new Speaker of the House.  The votes have been tallied and Representative Mac McCutcheon has been elected.  He won with 68 votes, a majority over opponent John Knight of Montgomery. Rep. McCutcheon has represented part of Madison and Limestone Counties since 2006 and says he is ready for his new role as […]

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    Police investigating wreck in Ardmore

    ARDMORE, Ala. — The Ardmore Police Department has confirmed a wreck investigation is going on in Ardmore. Chief David Whitt said it happened near the First Baptist Church on 5th St. Friday night just before 9 PM. He said 6 teenagers were traveling in a truck through the parking lot, when the driver lost control and careened into a tree. We’ve learned the accident involved students from Ardmore High School, but their identities have not been released. Whitt said 2 patients were airlifted […]

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    Hot buses spark frustration for parents who say they’re caught in communication confusion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Parents say they’re fed up with the struggle to get in touch with those in charge of Huntsville City Schools school busing. “There is no air conditioning, there is no fan on the bus. There are windows that don’t open,” commented Brittany Smith about the bus that takes her own daughter, Adalyn, to and from school. She said she’s worried about the way Adalyn looked last week when the air temperature was around 100 degrees, Fahrenheit. She […]

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    More City Centre designs revealed as project could bring more than 300 jobs to downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– WHNT News 19 has learned more about a big development coming to downtown Huntsville at the old Holiday Inn property.  Dirt is finally being moved, as construction crews begin their work on the site. We already knew City Centre, a development at Williams Avenue in Huntsville across from Big Spring Park, was getting an AC Hotel by Mariott. Now, we have more information about the designs. At Thursday’s Huntsville City Council meeting, Director of Urban Development Shane […]


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