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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!

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    Improving infrastructure the bottom line for Redstone’s future

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - More than 40,000 people enter the gates of Redstone Arsenal every workday. Twenty years from now, that number might be much larger. However, those big numbers are the stuff of nightmares for anyone who has recently been stuck in glacially slow traffic outside Redstone's main gate.

  • Texas floods impact flights across country & into HSV

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Weather events in other parts of the country have a widespread effect on travelers when they impact major airports. Huntsville International Airport officials say that’s what’s going on in Texas right now in the wake of flooding. Flights into and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have been cancelled or delayed while airlines regroup. Vicki Petrillo said her son’s flight was delayed nearly 30 hours on his way from Colorado Springs to Huntsville through Dallas-Fort Worth. “I had […]

  • Proposed Alabama Amendment could unite two state budget funds

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– A proposed amendment working its way into the Alabama Senate could unite the two state budgets. This comes while a major General Fund deficit looms. If approved by a popular vote, this proposed amendment would do two things: remove earmarks to state education trust funds and prohibit the creation of new earmarks. It calls for a united appropriations bill beginning in 2017. It’s called Senate Bill 502, introduced by Senator Gerald Dial, and it’s co-sponsored by several […]

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    Officer-Involved Shooting: 2 officers shoot man who cut brother, neighbor and then came at police with a knife

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Huntsville police officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting. A 911 call came in just before 10 p.m. Monday about a stabbing in the 11000 block of East Gateway Drive, just off of Hobbs Road east of Memorial Parkway.  Police say Anthony Dewayne Briggs, 36, and his brother, Quinten Briggs, 21, both live in the complex but in different units. Police say Anthony went downstairs to […]

  • Organizers: Memorial Day concert at the VBC a success

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The Von Braun Center’s North Hall was packed full of people ready to honor fallen soldiers Monday. “An Evening at the Veteran’s Memorial” was held indoors due to rain, but proved to be a moving experience for those in attendance. Veteran Billy Neal said he thought about his friends during the ceremony. “Some of my friends were killed in Korea,” he explained reverently. “And you always remember your friends.” Musicians of all types played patriotic songs, honoring […]

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    The Future of Redstone: Special coverage this week on WHNT News 19

    Redstone Arsenal is home to many major Army commands, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and federal organizations. Two hundred miles of roads connect the base and 38,000 people pass through its gates each day. What's really out there, though? And why are leaders calling it a federal center of excellence?

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    Decatur police upgrade charges against 4 accused in weekend crime spree

    DECATUR, Ala. – Wednesday Decatur Police announced new charges against four people accused in a weekend crime spree that left two men dead. Antonio Hernandez, 27, and Joshua Davis, 25, were killed by gunfire in the late hours of Friday night or early Saturday morning. A friend who was with Hernandez before his death said a group of males robbed them then shot Hernandez “for no reason.”  Davis’ body was found by a passerby Saturday morning in Wilson Morgan Park. A number of homes were […]

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    Sylvania School’s band director placed on administrative leave following post on social media

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The band director of Sylvania High School has been placed on administrative leave with pay until further notice. Brian Thomas, Assistant Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools, confirmed this development to WHNT News 19. Thomas’ statement was brief, and did not address why the band director is on leave, only acknowledging the school system is “aware of the situation.” “We have begun an investigation and hope to resolve the matter as soon as possible,” Thomas said. […]

  • Decatur community gathers at vigil to grieve, heal, and seek justice after weekend crime spree

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)– The Davis family organized a vigil at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur Tuesday night, because that’s where Josh Davis’s body was found the Saturday before. The vigil began just after 7:30, at dusk, after the crowd listened to some of his favorite country songs. “He loved to sing. Music was a part of his life,” said his sister Leah. Now, it’s a part of remembering his life. So is the crowd that came out to the vigil, many […]

  • Family plans vigil Tuesday evening to grieve man slain in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)– Police are investigating who may be responsible for Josh Davis’s sudden and violent death in Decatur over the weekend. Four people have been arrested in a string of cases that police say are related, but so far no charges have been filed against those responsible for killing Davis. His family is anxiously waiting for justice, while struggling with their loss. “I’m trying to be strong for my family,” said April Davis, his sister. She and other family […]

  • Calhoun Community College’s expansion project continues, soon to start bidding process

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  Before Calhoun Community College’s graduation Friday night, WHNT News 19 caught up with the school’s president James Klauber. We met with him on the Huntsville campus, where the site is being prepped for work on a new building, part of a construction and renovation project set to take the campus to new heights. The new building will be for STEM disciplines, explained Klauber. “We need to make sure we are producing people who can move on into bachelor degree […]

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    Woman arrested following robbery attempt with stick-like object

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police have a woman in custody after an attempted armed robbery at a gas station convenience store. Officials say the woman entered the store at 9:45 p.m. and demanded money. Investigators say she was armed with a stick-like object with nails in it. Police say the woman did not get any money from the store. The clerk had a small puncture wound on his hand. Police say he made an attempt to disarm the woman. A […]


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