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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!


Recent Articles
  • Superintendent: Madison City Schools to rezone soon

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Schools will likely rezone within the next year or two, for the sixth time since it was created. Superintendent Robby Parker said while the plan is still being developed, it’s necessary to buy some time to combat overcrowding in elementary schools. “I’ve been the superintendent for 34 days,” he said. “But we don’t have a choice. We’ve got to do something.” Mill Creek Elementary needs some immediate relief. The school system will move 6th grade into […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Do you know how to perform the Heimlich?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This week, a Wisconsin teen is being called a hero after performing the Heimlich maneuver on a friend. Ian Brown saved his friend, Will Olsen, who was choking on food at lunch. “I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough for what he did,” said Olsen. But could you do the same for a friend or loved one in need of help when seconds count? “It’s absolutely essential to get help very quickly,” said William Hall, HEMSI Training Officer. He […]

  • AJL offers free credit monitoring after data incident affecting Alabama jobseekers

    MONTGOMERY, Ala – The Alabama Department of Labor released more information Friday following a data breach affecting Alabama job seekers. A recent security breach of the America’s JobLink (AJL) system, an online job database, has possibly caused Alabamians’ personal information to be exposed. The site, www.joblink.alabama.gov, is maintained by America’s Job Link Alliance — Technical Support (AJLA-TS), who confirmed on Wednesday that a hacker potentially gained access to names, social security numbers, and birth dates of job seekers using the AJL system […]

  • Troopers remain observant during search for Elizabeth Thomas

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Elizabeth Thomas has now been missing from Columbia, Tennessee for ten days. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials say Thomas’ teacher, Tad Cummins, used his influence to lure her away from home. There are interstate signs about the Amber Alert in Alabama. You’ll also find state troopers on the road, checking passing vehicles. They have even followed up on some tips in North Alabama. They’re initially looking for the vehicle Cummins was last driving: a silver Nissan Rogue, with license […]

  • New Huntsville program takes aim at crime at rental properties

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Have you ever heard of the Blue Star program? It’s taken off in 45 states, and Alabama is soon to be the 46th with a new initiative in Huntsville. The Blue Star Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a three-phase program run by Huntsville Police. It’s designed to make it safer to live at rental properties, and to make it easier for owners and property managers to keep drugs and other illegal activity away. It kicked off Wednesday […]

  • Limestone County residents concerned about area limestone quarry

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – It’s a conflict in Limestone County over limestone. Efforts to remove the county’s namesake stone from the earth at a Rogers Group quarry off Gray Road are the bedrock of some citizens’ concerns. The blasts are noisy, said Holly Denenny. “The loud blasts, it feels to me- and I’ve never been in an earthquake, but it feels to me like an earthquake,” she explained. She said she fears for her home’s value, and also the strength […]

  • WHNT News 19 rides along in the Huntsville Police Mustang

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It will soon be a year since Woody Anderson Ford donated a Ford Mustang to Huntsville Police for use on I-565. We wanted to know how it’s been going since the car took its first trip onto the interstate. Since then, police tell us officers have written 150 citations from the super-charged car, and handed out plenty more warnings. They say it’s doing its job. “It’s a useful tool,” said officer Larry Tomlin. “It doesn’t look like […]

  • Man arrested for overnight shooting; infant in vehicle at time of shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred in Madison County. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said a shooting took place in the 100 block of Harmening Dr. Authorities said a the victim was seated in a vehicle when when Kenneth Holland, 26, fired several gunshot rounds into the vehicle. The victim had been injured by one of the rounds. Authorities said that the man’s wounds were not life threatening. There was also an infant in the vehicle at the […]

  • Sitting down with Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Matt Akin

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Superintendent Matt Akin is thankful for his new title. He said leading Huntsville City Schools is a dream job. “It’s a good feeling to finally be here,” he said. This week, students are on spring break. But Akin has been hard at work getting to know the central office staff and administrators. “It’s hard to get that time once school starts,” he commented. Akin said a lot goes on in the spring, including graduation, as the school year […]

  • What’s next following alleged Woodville High threat

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Woodville community remains on alert following concern about a threat that began last Friday, and ended Tuesday when deputies arrested and charged a student. WHNT News 19 learned that student is banned from campuses and has withdrawn from the school system. Tuesday, the Jackson County Schools superintendent addressed concerned parents. It was a discussion that also involved sheriff’s deputies. Parents brought their concerns about communication. “We’re not asking for detailed information. We just would like basic […]

  • Battling sickness? Doctors want you to know when to seek a physician

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As you battle this season’s latest round of illness, it’s important to know when you need more than over-the-counter medication. “Our volume of patients increases at this time of year,” explained Dr. Jatinder Sachdev, a physician at American Family Care on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville. “In the last few weeks we have been seeing a lot of cases of flu, stomach bug, strep, and walking pneumonia.” She said while the weather cannot make anyone sick, it may start to […]

  • Some fire departments under strain as Madison County communities grow

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County is growing. It’s something commissioner Roger Jones notices a lot. “It is a county that has experienced tremendous growth,” he said. In his district, Moores Mill is an area that’s growing the fastest. “We’re proud that people have picked this area to move to,” Jones explained. But more homes and more families can also bring more challenges to a community seeking to sustain them. We talked to Jones about the Winchester Road widening project, […]