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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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    Moving to the beat of change at Ann’s Studio of Dance in its new space

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Students are launching into a new routine at Ann’s Studio of Dance at its new building on Drake Avenue. It’s a new building for the longtime Huntsville dance studio, formerly located on Whitesburg Drive. Owner Ann Brown chose to leave that space following a judge’s ruling requiring them to shuttle in students to alleviate a traffic problem in the Mayfair neighborhood. “If it wasn’t to be, we needed to move on. And that’s what we did,” commented Brown. […]

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    Fire department responds to fully involved structure fire in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Oak Grove Thach Volunteer Fire Department worked to put out a fire at a home on Stonehenge Drive, near Ardmore around 1:15 Saturday afternoon. Elkmont, Harvest, Armore, and Toney Fire Departments joined them at the scene. The home, located in Graystone Estates, was destroyed.  According to firefighters, the family living there is safe. Crews worked hard to battle the afternoon heat while putting out the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. We have a crew […]

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    Huntsville Police academy looking for new site while dealing with fewer applications

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Considering the climate of our nation surrounding policing following events across the country, it’s not exactly a popular time to become a police officer, admits Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray. “Our recruitment applications are running half of what they were last year,” he noted. “It’s just not a popular time to be looking for a police officer career.” He said the growing force is also growing in diversity, hitting its highest diversity percentage yet of 21% this […]

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    Huntsville City Council passes budget after 4-hour meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Just after 10 p.m. the Huntsville City Council passed a budget to fund the upcoming fiscal year.  The council approved the budget 4 hours, 15 minutes into the meeting. The balanced budget includes a 2% cost of living adjustment for city employees. “We’re comfortable with the revenue projections,” explained City Administrator John Hamilton, noting that rising personnel costs are balanced by that revenue. “We are proposing a growth in salary with the 2% COLA. As we looked at the […]

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    2 charter schools, 1 planned for Huntsville, move ahead with plans to open in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The Alabama Public Charter School Commission has pushed forward plans for two charter schools: one in Mobile, and one in Huntsville. Mobile’s Accel Day and Evening Academy will begin operating in Mobile to serve students ages sixteen and older, who may be struggling academically or have already dropped out of school. It’s planned for August 2017. In Huntsville, a proposed SLAM Academy will use sports to intrigue and engage children Pre-K through 2nd grade.  The SLAM (Sports Leadership […]

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    What does Alabama need to keep up with transportation demands through 2040?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama Department of Transportation leaders invited the public to a meeting Tuesday, asking for input on its future Statewide Transportation Plan. ALDOT is working on this plan to assess the state’s transportation network, looking at where its future needs will be through 2040. It’s a long-range plan to consider everything from roads to rails to air travel, and will also rely on local plans developed on a more specific scale. Engineers tell WHNT News 19 the statewide […]

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    Superintendent Casey Wardynski surprises Huntsville with resignation announcement

    Dr. Casey Wardynski said his resignation is effective tomorrow. He talked with WHNT News 19 exclusively about his decision on Wednesday morning before announcing it publicly.

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    Community wants answers about 2-year Cecil Ashburn Drive construction project

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– 3.2 miles of Cecil Ashburn Drive will see construction from Fall 2017 through Fall 2019. It will start at Donegal Drive and end at Taylor Road. It’s a two-year ordeal the community is already preparing for. “It’s already a pretty dangerous situation, so I’m very interested in seeing what’s going to happen,” commented Byron Brown. Kathy Martin, Director of City Engineering, said teams have been hard at work planning the project since 2014. It involves widening the road to […]

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    Madison City Council adopts budget for upcoming fiscal year

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — City council members say Madison’s $34 million operating budget is balanced and will carry the city into the new year. Monday, Madison’s city council adopted the budget at its meeting. “We worked really hard for the past couple of months,” said Madison City Council member Steve Smith. Smith said the budget puts money to roads, which has been a priority in Madison for the past few years. “It’s an everyday battle,” he explained. “For years, Madison kind of put […]

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    Huntsville Superintendent Casey Wardynski shares his memories of working in the Army during 9/11

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– It was a plane ride to Redstone Arsenal from Newark, NJ that kept Casey Wardynski, then Director of the US Army Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis, in the skies during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. At that time in his life, he was high up in the Army, working closely with senior leaders at the Pentagon. It often took him to the very offices that were destroyed during the attacks. He could easily have […]

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    Proposed Huntsville budget includes cost of living adjustment, plus funds for police & road construction

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle proposed a balanced $398 million budget at Thursday’s city council meeting. The city’s operating costs are at $197 million, he said, which is $6 million more than last year. The numbers they’re working with spell “growth” to city leaders. City Administrator John Hamilton said a 3% sales tax growth for the upcoming fiscal year, as projected, means they have enough for city operations, and also the ability to cover other increasing costs including health benefits […]

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    9/11 Honor Walk planned in Huntsville for Sunday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Sunday is the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. It’s a day that affected lives across the country, and around the globe, and a day many in North Alabama are still struggling to overcome. Organizers of the 9/11 Honor Walk in Huntsville said their event on Sunday is meant to bring reflection, remembrance, healing and celebration. The walk honors military, first responders and their families. The Honor Walk is September 11, 2016 at the US Space and Rocket […]