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
  • Construction Work Isn’t Just A Man’s World

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — While women make up nearly half of the workforce, there are still some jobs dominated by men. Trucking, carpentry, automotive jobs are mostly filled by men. Some of this is because of socialized ideas about men’s and women’s work. Construction sites are filled with mostly men in that field women face obstacles like discrimination, a pay gap, lack of advancement, and a lack of role models. While women in construction may be underrepresented, they continue to forge […]

  • Chinese lanterns light up the Botanical Garden

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The Huntsville Botanical Garden is kicking off its biggest exhibit to date. The Chinese Lantern Festival features more than a thousand illuminated lanterns. The lanterns display wildlife from around the world, as well as some dinosaurs. The lanterns are at the Botanical Garden March 20 through May 19, 2019. The exhibit is open each day for daytime Garden visitors, regular Garden admissions or Huntsville Botanical Garden membership applies. “The Wild” Chinese Lantern Festival is open during the […]

  • Celebrate women in tech and female entrepreneurs this Women’s History Month

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – March is Women’s History Month and one organization in Huntsville is celebrating all month long with a series of events that celebrate the women making tech history. Urban Engine is hosting a series of events that will celebrate women in technology and showcase female entrepreneurs during March 2019 in conjunction with Women`s History Month. The Power of W.E. celebrates women in tech and female founders in a month-long series. The series of events include: March 6, 2019: […]

  • Glitz, Glamour, and a Great Cause, Get Ready for “Toasting with Tallulah”

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour, and a good cause! Later this month is your chance to channel your inner starlet and support mental health programs. Channel your inner classic Hollywood for “Toasting with Tallulah,” a girls’ night out with a purpose. This year, the Women’s Philanthropy Society Leadership Council chose to focus on the critical issue of mental health. With the goal of making a high-impact grant to an organization addressing mental heath issues […]

  • Over 100 people Served in Madison Free Dentistry Day

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Many people hate the trip to the dentist, but you may consider yourself lucky next time you’re at your appointment. Most people in Alabama don’t get the dental health care they need. People lined up as early as 5 a.m. Friday, to take part in free dentistry day at Plaza Boulevard Dental. The free dentistry clinic stayed open an extra two hours and gave around 140 people a free cleaning or tooth extraction. “I think there’s a […]

  • Vet urges others to microchip pets after his own close call losing his dog

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Pet microchipping is a way to help locate your pet if it is lost or stolen. This month is “Chip-A-Thon” in Huntsville and Madison County and you can get your pet microchipped at a reduced cost. A veterinarian at Bentley Animal Hospital in Huntsville is urging others to microchip their pets after a close call of his own. “My little dog Jack ran away from home,” said Dr. Eric Hulsey. He and his family looked everywhere and […]

  • Ms. Wheelchair Alabama America to be Crowned March 9th

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Next weekend you have the chance to support the women of Alabama who happen to be in a wheelchair. The Ms. Wheelchair Alabama America pageant is Saturday, March 9th. This pageant isn’t isn’t just about beauty. Ms. Wheelchair Alabama is a non-profit organization that was created in 1972, and the mission of Ms. Wheelchair Alabama America is to provide an opportunity of achievement for women who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for […]

  • 305 8th Street celebrates 40 years

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Next week is your chance for a nice dinner, silent auction, and helping out a great cause. 305 8th Street is celebrating 40 years at their annual Love Grows Here dinner on March 7th. The organization has been helping disabled adults in our community for decades, and now is your chance to help them. 305 8th Street is a nonprofit group home whose mission is to provide homes for diverse disabled adults, most of whom do not receive […]

  • Theatre Randolph presents Peter Pan

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Get your faith, trust and pixie dust ready. Theatre Randolph, the Upper School Theatre program at Randolph School presents Peter Pan. The show kicks off next weekend. You’ll remember all your favorite songs from this timeless Broadway musical, including Neverland and I Won’t Grow Up. Captain Hook and his crocodile, and of course Peter Pan, await you in this toe-tapping musical perfect for the entire family! Theatre Randolph prides itself in having a student-centered and student-led approach […]

  • Jazz, Food and Fundraising at Grissom High School Event

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Are you in the mood for some good food and even better music? Well, you will have your chance at the upcoming “Dinner with a Taste of Jazz” event. Help raise money for the Grissom High School band, all while enjoying a delicious meal and jazz performances. This evening includes a homemade dinner, a silent auction, with performances by the Grissom Jazz Band combos plus a concert at 8:00pm featuring both the Grissom “A” and “B” Jazz […]

  • Downed trees and power lines as strong winds whip through Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – High winds brought down trees across north Alabama Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, taking out power lines and blocking roads. Crews worked through the morning at Toney And Lucerne Drive, near Jones Valley Elementary School. “Well, that wind was blowing last night,” said Mark Komara, a resident who lived across the street from a downed tree. “It’s still kicking up pretty good, but nothing like 4 o’clock this morning. 4:30 it was bad.” Komara was in his […]

  • Good Samaritans jump into action to help woman suffering seizure at Decatur gym

    DECATUR, Ala. – From time to time, we run into people who make a difference in our lives. In the case of 19-year-old Savannah Aldridge, she met two women who truly turned out to be angels among us. Savannah got serious about the gym, because she is into cosplay. She wants to be as strong as the characters she portrays. But her mom wasn’t a fan of her late night workouts. “It’s been a battle between Savannah and I. I […]

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