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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
  • Council approves new plans for historic Huntsville site

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After nearly a decade of trying to decide how to best honor Huntsville history and alumni of William Hooper Councill High School on St. Clair Avenue, the Huntsville City Council has finally made what it considers a concrete decision. The school was named after Alabama A&M University’s founder and closed due to integration in 1966. There have been a multitude of ideas about how to best honor those who were educated there at the first public school for […]

  • Eligible Alabama high school seniors prepare to vote in upcoming special election

    MADISON, Ala. – Young voters tell us they are excited to realize their right to vote in the upcoming election. For those we spoke with at the Bob Jones High School voter registration drive Wednesday, it will be the first time students can head to the polls. “It’s the first election I can vote in, as I just turned 18 this week,” said senior, Aija Abele. “Finally getting to fulfill my civic duty!” Abele said she hasn’t decided who she’ll […]

  • After another fight at Grissom, school leaders communicate it faster to parents

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Becky Balentine, Grissom High School principal, sent an email message to parents on Tuesday telling them there was another fight on campus. This time, it rose to a level where it was considered threatening. In the message, Balentine said one student struck an adult who was attempting to break up the fight, and another student shouted a threat concerning a firearm. She assured parents that the situation was handled, the students involved are suspended (per the controversial […]

  • Parents demand change at Grissom High School during Community Conversation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At a Community Conversation event Monday, parents demanded change in the Huntsville City School system. The district invited the greater Grissom High School community to come hear from board member Elisa Ferrell, GHS Principal Becky Ballentine, and Superintendent Matt Akin, who hosted the event at the former Grissom campus on Bailey Cove Road. This came as parents express outrage and concern about safety at Grissom High. Some have contacted WHNT News 19 to inform us they do not […]

  • Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning says he has not, and will not, endorse an AL Senate candidate

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Madison County Sheriff, Blake Dorning, says he has not and will not endorse Roy Moore, or any candidate, running for U.S. Senate to represent Alabama. This comes in response to a press release the Moore campaign sent on Wednesday, stating that “more than a dozen Alabama Sheriffs announced their support for Judge Roy Moore in his bid for the United States Senate.” The release listed what it called a “bi-partisan coalition of sheriffs endorsing Judge Moore”: Shelby County […]

  • What could the allegations against Roy Moore mean to the Alabama GOP and voters?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – John Meredith, WHNT News 19 political analyst, predicted Friday that the allegations laid out in an explosive Washington Post article will not cause Roy Moore to lose the U.S. Senate special election. In the article, several women detail encounters with Roy Moore when they were in their teenage years. One involves the account of a 14-year-old girl in 1979, who alleges that she had unwanted sexual contact with Moore. Moore maintains that the story is false. The […]

  • Prominent GOP lawmakers say Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations are true

    Multiple GOP lawmakers weighed in on the Washington Post report that Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl in 1979. Moore would have been 32 at the time. The Moore campaign says the story is false, but that has not stopped major Republican figures from commenting about their concerns.. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.” The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. […]

  • Washington Post: Woman claims Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter with her; she was 14

    The Washington Post has published a story containing accusations of inappropriate sexual advances from Roy Moore against a 14-year-old girl. He was 32 at the time of the alleged incident. The Post reports the encounter happened in early 1979. Roy Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. In the account, Moore runs into the girl, Leigh Corfman, and her mother outside a courtroom in Etowah County. He offers to watch over the girl while her mother goes into a child […]

  • Meridianville man accused of killing his mother sentenced in Michigan for shootout with police

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – Thursday a Michican judge sentenced Landon Harbin, the Meridianville man accused of shooting and killing his mother, following Harbin’s actions during his capture and arrest in September. On September 8, 2017, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office began asking for the public’s help to catch Harbin after they found his mother, Jana Harbin, shot to death in her Meridianville home. Harbin faces charges for her death. He was later captured in Michigan after a shootout with Michigan State Police near […]

  • Wounded veterans and their loved ones receive hero’s welcome to begin Heroes Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It is Heroes Week in the Tennessee Valley. For the 11th year, the Semper Fi Community Task Force is hosting a week of celebrations meant to honor the courage of wounded veterans, and their sacrifices, through Veterans Day. Hundreds of people welcomed 28 of our nation’s wounded heroes and their loved ones– 53 people in total– on Wednesday at Huntsville International Airport, with cheers and “Thank you’s.” For the veterans, these two small but powerful words can soothe the soul. “I was not expecting this […]

  • Superintendent Matt Akin addresses parent concerns about Grissom High School

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After concerns about fights and threatening Snapchat videos, Grissom High School parents remain on alert. Friday, dozens of parents checked their children out of class, citing fears about their safety. Last week and into Monday, many have reached out to WHNT News 19 with their concerns. We, in turn, scheduled an interview with Superintendent Matt Akin to talk about these concerns, and what the school system is doing to address it. Akin said anytime a concern is […]

  • Madison County Schools Board of Education turns away from new school

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Schools Board of Education voted on a capital plan for 2018-2022 that does not include the proposed new Monrovia-area high school. Board members approved the plan in a 4-1 vote Thursday. The board already missed one deadline to file a capital plan with the state of Alabama, and their new deadline is November 9. It was a vote that Superintendent Matt Massey said needed to take place tonight. Now, they will submit a […]