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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
  • Local families worry about loved ones as Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For those like Jose Matienzo, who lives in Huntsville but was born in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria is a big concern. Matienzo has lots of family on the island, from San Juan to the beach town of Luquillo on the Eastern side of Puerto Rico. His younger brother lives there. His step-father and many cousins also live in the Commonwealth. The storm has, for the time being, knocked out power in Puerto Rico. It has been hard […]

  • Business owner wants your help identifying fireworks thief

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Ricky Lowery, a Limestone County business owner, wants your help after he says someone broke into the Harvest Road fireworks stand that he and his wife operate during the summer. “I’m on kidney dialysis and my wife runs it to help us make a few extra dollars,” he explained. “It’s pretty fun. We meet a lot of people.” The Lowerys have had their stand for around eight years. It is in a rural area, but they […]

  • NRA to spend a seven-figure sum supporting Sen. Luther Strange in runoff election

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You will see even more campaign ads heading into next week’s runoff election between Roy Moore and Senator Luther Strange. Moore and Strange are each spending the last full week before election day campaigning. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is expected to visit Huntsville to campaign for Luther Strange on Friday. Now the National Rifle Association, which endorsed Senator Strange in May, is coming to Strange’s aid as he trails behind Moore in one poll, which released results […]

  • Moore campaign cites church song in response to controversial statement about race relations

    FLORENCE, Ala.- Roy Moore made several stops in North Alabama over the weekend, and is facing criticism for statements he made during a rally in Florence Sunday. At his appearance in Florence, Moore spoke for nearly 45 minutes. Thirty-one minutes into his speech, he began to discuss the foundation of America. “Our foundation has been shaken. Our road is clear. We have to go back,” he said, describing the Civil War and a torn nation. “Is our nation torn today?” […]

  • Shared message of peace precedes dueling rally and protest scheduled for Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As controversy continues to surround the confederate statue at the Madison County Courthouse square, a rally and counter-protest are planned for and against the monument, respectively. They will each be held on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The rally, which organizers call the Dixie Rally at the Square, is in support of the monument. The marble Confederate private was erected on November 21, 1905. A plaque next to it says it was dedicated to the Confederate dead. […]

  • Prop Money Scam – Be on the lookout for fake $100 bills circulating in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police are warning against money they say is made for TV and movies, but is circulating around off-screen and around the city. On Thursday, a viewer called the WHNT newsroom to tell us her family has been fooled. She claims someone agreed to buy an iPhone from a family member through a yard sale website. When they later examined the money the family thought they had earned in the exchange, they discovered it wasn’t worth the […]

  • State Superintendent Michael Sentance has submitted his resignation

    Governor Kay Ivey’s Office has confirmed that State Superintendent Michael Sentance submitted his resignation to her office. Two education sources earlier confirmed to WHNT News 19 that Alabama State Superintendent Michael Sentance had reached an agreement to resign. A statement from the governor’s office says in part, “Today, I received the resignation of State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance. I do not take this situation lightly, and as President of the State Board of Education, I will ask the Board to accept […]

  • Experts say gas prices could soon go down, but fuel remains scarce in parts of Florida

    HUNTSVILLE. Ala – As the country continues to recover from recent hurricanes, gas experts say you can soon expect gas prices in the Tennessee Valley start to decline once more. GasBuddy.com‘s Senior Petroleum Analyst, Dan McTeague, said both storms packed a powerful punch on prices. “It was a double whammy,” he said. “We were reeling from the first punch from Harvey on the gasoline side, and Irma didn’t help.” He said it was the flooding at refineries that created a […]

  • Do you have “problem trees” in your yard? How to tell if a tree could be dangerous during a storm

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Irma continues to weaken, the storm’s wind speed decreases too. But the storm’s destruction around Florida, and along its path, are unmistakable. #HurricaneIrma damage in a nearby neighborhood in Sanford, FL. @whnt pic.twitter.com/uTz90F1wKw — Sarah Macaluso (@SarahMacaluso) September 11, 2017 This includes downed trees. As rain and winds picked up in the Tennessee Valley Monday evening, we talked to arborist Marc Byers about the risks to Huntsville yards. Byers is Huntsville’s Forestry/Horticulture supervisor. He works with […]

  • Reinforcements for power restoration stop in Athens before heading to Florida

    ATHENS, Ala. – As evacuees race out of Florida to seek shelter before Hurricane Irma arrives, contractors are positioning themselves close to the affected areas. We found a fleet from Chicago through the utility contractor, Intren, heading down to Florida through Athens. They stopped at three different Athens hotels to spend Friday night: the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Best Western, and Fairfield Inn. These hotels are already filling up with evacuees, and Friday the contractors put them at or near […]

  • Madison church cleaning up after break-in

    MADISON, Ala. – Asbury Church in Madison is cleaning up and making repairs following a break-in. Madison Police say it happened during the first shift patrol. The agency is now investigating the case. Church leaders notified members through an email newsletter that someone forced entry into the North Campus through a window. They said whoever it was stole a ministry truck and damaged staff offices. Madison Police tell us that the truck has since been found. Captain John Stringer said […]

  • Madison County Board of Education disagrees about path forward for new school

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Board of Education voted on budgets Thursday, passing a plan for the new fiscal year but dividing when it came to the proposed capital plan. The FY18 General Fund budget is balanced, leaders say, with adequate reserves and $1.5 million in carryover. Personnel accounts for 83% of the operating budget. Also included are minor increases to the IT budget to help the district replace aging devices and an amount for the transportation department […]