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Kristen joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2014 as a reporter/multimedia journalist.

In April 2017 she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her work with a team of two other reporters on a 30-minute documentary entitled, “A Rescue Mission.”

A Seaford, Delaware native, Kristen previously bworked 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.

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.

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
  • Community still divided about planned Jeff Road widening project

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County and the Alabama Department of Transportation are planning to add lanes to Jeff Road from Capshaw Road to Kelly Spring Road. “The plan is to widen to five lanes, with curb and gutter and sidewalks on each side,” said Scott Leach, a senior project manager at Garver which is the consulting engineer firm doing the quarter study. “We are going through the environmental study now,” he said. Thursday, he attended a public meeting to […]

  • COMING SOON: Madison’s new cinema and other developments around the city

    MADISON, Ala. – Economic development continues in Madison and soon you will be seeing the fruit of the labor, Mayor Paul Finley said Wednesday. “It’s a great time in Madison,” he explained. “It is extremely busy.” Cineplanet 15 The big project on everyone’s minds: the movie theater, Cineplanet 15. It is located down Hughes Road just beyond the 72 intersection, and it is nearly ready for its debut. But the theater will not open this weekend. “Memorial Day weekend is […]

  • Huntsville Utilities continuing work on the fiber infrastructure Google Fiber is using

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Google Fiber is in Huntsville so quickly because of its unique partnership with Huntsville Utilities. Huntsville Utilities is building the network and fiber backbone. Only when it’s ready can Google Fiber, or any other provider, come in and lease it. “That was a visionary idea, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” explained Caroline de Gantes, Google Fiber Huntsville Head of Business. “We are glad to have them,” remarked Tony Owens, Huntsville Utilities President […]

  • NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center leaders react to president’s budget proposal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center leaders are optimistic after President Donald Trump released his FY18 budget proposal. The president allocated $19.1 billion to NASA. “At $19.1 billion, we have a very positive budget that retains the same parameters we saw in March, and which reflects the president’s confidence in our direction and the importance of everything we’ve been achieving,” Robert Lightfoot, NASA Acting Administrator, said in a statement. He added that the money will allow the […]

  • What you need to know: Google Fiber opens sign-ups for some Huntsville households

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The first group of interested customers in Huntsville are now able to sign up for Google Fiber, the company announced Tuesday. Huntsville Utilities is doing the legwork on the infrastructure, building the fiber backbone across the city limits and later into its coverage area. Google Fiber is leasing the fiber space from Huntsville Utilities. Google Fiber is now rolling out its service across the city, section-by-section. It was able to come to Huntsville faster than any other city […]

  • Slain James Clemens graduate receives recognition at graduation

    MADISON, Ala. – Jason West could not be at his graduation ceremony on Monday, but his class and school found a way to remember him and honor his family. West was killed at the Sonic Drive-in close to his school and home last December. Trevor Davis Cantrell, 19, and Dacedric Deshun Ward, 22, are charged with capital murder and first degree robbery following the incident. Police believe the pair promised to sell West some Xanax but really intended to rob him all along. […]

  • Developers release renderings of planned Town Madison development

    MADISON, Ala. – After a week of announcements, Friday developers released a fly-through video rendering of what Town Madison will look like when it is completed. It includes an up-close look at what Breland Companies and others have planned for the 530-acre development. We already know it will be split into sections: the West End, The Commons, Quarry Park, The Heights, The Exchange, The District, and Avenue Z. Now, developers are explaining more about that format. “What you want to do […]

  • Fallen officer’s family receives precious gift at Huntsville memorial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police and the community they serve came together Thursday to honor the ten fallen officers HPD has lost since the department began. It’s also meant to love those the fallen officers left behind. From a 21-gun salute, to a placement of a wreath and the reading of names, it was a tribute made with the utmost respect. They wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is tremendously important to these families,” said Chief Mark McMurray. “This is their […]

  • Wedding crashers gift UAH graduates an unexpected aerial surprise

    PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rachel and Chandler Mills got married on Sunday without a hitch, but they never planned for the coolest wedding crashers in the skies to pay a visit to the party. The two met in college at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Chandler was a senior and Rachel was a freshman. “We were in the library, studying for finals!” explained Rachel. They fell in love and started to plan a life together. But Rachel never planned on […]

  • Deputies explain the risks, precautions and problems of narcotics enforcement

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Narcotics enforcement is dangerous, not just because of the violence that often comes with it but because of possible exposure, Captain Michael Salomonsky said Tuesday. WHNT News 19 spoke with him after a story this week about an Ohio officer who accidentally overdosed on fentanyl by absorbing it through his skin. According to reports, the officer had been making a drug arrest following a traffic stop when he encountered the drug. Later, he noticed some white […]

  • Students compete in Greenpower USA races over the weekend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville hosted a big Greenpower USA event over the weekend called the Whitesburg Invitational 2017. It was Saturday, May 13 at Whitesburg P-8 on Sanders Road. It’s being called the largest gathering of Greenpower teams in the country so far. 48 teams were registered for Saturday’s event, including local teams, and others from Florida and Mississippi. 29 of those teams were from Huntsville City Schools. Participant Lucy Allen told WHNT News 19 the secret to her success — […]

  • US Senate race toward election to replace Jeff Sessions heats up

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the deadline to qualify looms, the field is crowding heading toward the August special election for a seat in the US Senate. On Tuesday, April 18, Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation to move the special election date for the US Senate seat vacated by now-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Since then, multiple candidates have announced they are running. As of this post, four have qualified Republican: Randy Brinson Mo Brooks Dom Gentile Roy S. Moore Two […]