Kelly Vaughen is a multimedia journalist at WHNT News 19. Originally from Virginia, the east-coaster is thrilled to make Alabama her home.

Kelly earned her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University in New York.

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Recent Articles
  • UAH app aims to be the first to combine mental and physical training for older people

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An app developed at the University of Alabama in Huntsville aims to be the first that combines both mental and physical training for older people. The app is called mPACT, which stands for mobile Physical Activity Training. It combines brain training games, like memory, with low impact physical activity, like chair exercises. The app is currently being tested in Huntsville under a grant from the American Nurses Foundation. Users win gold star rewards for their successes and improvements. […]

  • James Clemens teachers using app to keep students off their phones in class

    MADISON, Ala. – Whether to allow cell phones in the classroom is an ongoing debate. Some teachers are using an app that uses technology to fight technology. “You want your students to be able to have access to technology as much as possible, but you also need to teach them that phone etiquette,” said Kathryn Weir, a teacher at James Clemens High School. Teachers all have their own way to handle cell phones in the classroom. Some collect them at […]

  • New class of veterans inducted into Madison County Hall of Heroes

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Seven war veterans who put their lives on the line protecting their country were inducted into the Madison County Military Hall of Heroes. The seven were inducted Nov. 8 and honored during the Veterans Day parade Monday in downtown Huntsville. Here are this year’s inductees: Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert Davis is a Vietnam veteran who received the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals with valor and a Purple Heart. Davis said he got his Purple […]

  • Alabama fundraiser for Diabetic Alert Dogs with America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. – “Dylan’s dogs for Diabetes, a non-profit based out of Harvest, helps Type 1 Diabetics purchase diabetic alert dogs. The goal of Dylan’s Dogs for Diabetes is to help people with a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis get a diabetic alert dog without any concern for how much it costs. burden. Dogs can actually smell when a person’s blood sugar levels are changing 20-30 minutes before even the latest in medical technology. The founder, 16-year-old Dylan Lancaster,  lives with Type […]

  • Booming STEM careers in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and software engineering

    November 8 is National STEM Day, a day celebrating science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM field of 20 years ago looks very different than the one of today and will look very different in even just five years. Inspired by the air shows he saw growing up, Bill Marx went into the aerospace field in the mid-90s. Now, he is the chief technology officer at Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation. “A lot of the stuff you used to use […]

  • Alabama treasurer says contributing to college funds makes great Christmas gift

    The cost of attending college is already extremely high and is projected to grow even higher. In Alabama, one of the ways to save up for college is the College Counts Alabama’s 529 Fund. Through the plan, Alabama families can save for education like you would a 401(k) pension plan, but without any taxes for withdrawal. The state treasurer, John McMillan, said the best way to work the program is to start saving early, make regular contributions, and let the […]

  • New spooky play combines historical fiction and Halloween

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville High School Theatre presents a new play, “The Trench.” The show is historical fiction, meets Halloween. “The Trench” is a play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War I.  As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems.  The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival […]

  • Last chances to join in for Huntsville History Month

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Throughout October, Huntsville has been celebrating “Huntsville History Month.” While the month is winding down, it’s not too late to join in. Saturday, October 26 is the last time you can take part in the Huntsville Ghost Walks or Trolley Tours. There are three separate ghost walks to choose from, at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults. The haunted trolley runs at 6:00 p.m, those tickets are $15. The tours meet at Harrison […]

  • “Ugly produce” subscription service helps reduce food waste, expands to Alabama

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that we waste 30 to 40 percent of our food supply in America. Food waste comes in many forms. It can spoil during transport, be damaged by insects, or wasted by individual consumers. A lot of food doesn’t make it to store shelves because it doesn’t look picture perfect. A new food delivery company hopes to do their part to reduce that number and save you money at the same time. Misfits Market founder […]

  • ‘Cleaning For A Reason’ provides free home cleaning for cancer patients

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Not many people enjoy cleaning their homes, let alone someone else’s, but a group of women in Huntsville say they love it and for good reason. Two Maids & A Mop partnered with Cleaning For A Reason to help women going through cancer treatment by cleaning their homes for free. “I really don’t look at them as Two Maids and A Mop, it’s more my friends are coming,” said Katherine Dickerson, a client with stage three breast cancer. […]

  • Fall attractions at Dollywood are back!

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Family-friendly fall fun is back at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana, thanks to the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Now in its third season, Great Pumpkin LumiNights expands again this year by growing the glow to Wildwood Grove. An overwhelming guest-favorite since it was introduced in 2017, Great Pumpkin LumiNights recently was named the country’s Best Theme Park Halloween Event in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. This year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights […]

  • UAH developing cybersecurity curriculum for deaf high school students

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — High school students who are deaf or hard of hearing may feel they have limited options for their careers. But a new cybersecurity course being developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville shows students across the country that their perceived weaknesses are really strengths. Working in cybersecurity requires focus, curiosity, and attention to detail. “A lot of deaf and hard of hearing students have a keen eye for being able to notice problems in code,” said […]

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