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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
  • Bernard Blues and BBQ Festival coming to Cullman

    CULLMAN Ala. — Blues and BQQ join forces for a weekend of tasty and toe-tapping fun. The Bernard Blues and BBQ festival is coming to Cullman for the weekend of September 14-15th. St. Bernard Prep School is hosting the arts, crafts, and music festival at St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School. Activities kick-off at from 9:00 a.m. with fun lasting until 5:00 p.m. each day and a donation of $5 per person is requested for entry to the festival. The festival […]

  • New Alabama litter laws come with steep fines and jail time

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The next time you throw something out of your car window, you could also be throwing away a lot of money. Alabama’s new litter law went into effect in September.  With it comes come steep fines, community service, and potential jail time. Throw a cigarette butt on the ground, and Huntsville Police could throw you in jail. “It actually can be an arrestable offense on the very first time,” said Sergeant Grady Thigpen of the Huntsville Police […]

  • 9/11 Honor Walk to Honor Heroes and Their Families

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is days away; a walk to honor the heroes who served our nation at that time is being held in Huntsville. The Sixth Annual 9/11 Honor Walk will be held on Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m. at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This event honors the heroes who served our nation during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Honor Walk is a ceremonial walk during […]

  • Manners and life skills boot camp held at West Madison Elementary School

    MADISON, Ala. — Elementary school students in Madison are in boot camp, but it’s not just stronger bodies they are building. West Madison Elementary students have been learning the Base 10 manners and behavioral concepts. Friday they held a boot camp to test all that they learned. Students wore camouflage, the principal was the general, teachers were sergeants, and the students were all privates. The students were tested on the essential characteristics and life skills, like honesty, manners, and respect. […]

  • Huntsville parenting program creating stronger student readers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Young children in Huntsville are becoming stronger readers because of a parenting program. “LENA Start” is focused on increasing early talking in children aged zero to 30 months. The program was started after researches noticed a 30-million word gap, linked to children who lived in poverty. Huntsville City Schools first launched the program in 20-15. Those children have now completed Pre-Kindergarten. A report published by the program found the children from the program had considerably higher early […]

  • Historic bridge relocated to Sharon Johnston Park

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Crews in Madison County worked several hours Tuesday to relocate a historic bridge in New Market. The bridge was first built in 1910 near Ditto Landing. It was there it became well known. “Back in 1916 the probate judge of Madison County, Judge Lawler, was murdered and thrown off of this bridge,” explained Madison County District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones. The bridge was moved to New Market in the 1960s. Crews and a local moving company […]

  • United Against Hate Forum held in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The recent tragedies in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton inspired people in the Huntsville community to hold a ‘United Against Hate Forum’ Sunday. A panel of local faith leaders took on topics like immigration, white nationalism, and mass shootings. “Ignorance is not a sin, but the willingness to remain ignorant is a sin,” said The Rev. Travis Collins from First Baptist in Huntsville. “It’s not just about a gun or a manifesto, it’s about policy.” Around 400 […]

  • First day of school at Chapman Elementary since split from middle school

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. – Huntsville City students went back to class Monday, and Chapman Elementary had its first day since it split from Chapman Middle School.  The schools were combined since 2011. Monday was the first day Chapman Elementary stood on its own and got to show off its brand new mascot. “The new mascot is a hedgehog and his name is Chappy. And he’s adorable, and he lives in the lobby of our school,” said Lorri Stricklen a Curriculum Specialist […]

  • Art saves Madison woman’s life, now she’s showing off her art and giving back

    ATHENS, Ala. — After Lyme disease landed a Madison woman in the intensive care unit, she says it was art that saved her life. Now, her art has been sold around the world, and she’s bringing her dazzling and distinctive style of art to North Alabama. Two and a half years ago, Ann Upton wasn’t able to run around with her five children. She had just moved from Hawaii to Alabama when she was diagnosed with sepsis and Lyme disease. […]

  • Learn how you can help the community during the Masonic Day Celebration at Cahaba Shrine

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Masonic Day celebration day Cahaba Shrine is a chance to have fun and find ways to help the community. At the event, you can learn about the Shriners and how you can participate. The Masonic Day Celebration is Saturday, July 27th, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cahaba Shrine has jurisdiction throughout North Alabama including the counties of Jackson, DeKalb, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan, Limestone, Madison, and Marshall. Stated meeting nights are traditionally the third Friday of […]

  • Join our WHNT traffic team with the “Waze” app

    From I-565 to Church Street, our roads look a lot different these days as cities try to keep up with North Alabama’s growing population. There are more construction projects and more traffic jams. With more people on the roads than ever before, you’ll notice our morning traffic reports also have a new look. The Waze traffic app helps you get where you need to go. Users can see and report crashes, traffic, construction, and hazards. The app is free to […]

  • Dollywood Opens Its Largest Expansion, “Wildwood Grove”

    Dollywood has officially opened Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in park history. Dolly Parton opened the fascinating new land to visitors ready to enjoy its 11 thrilling new experiences. At $37 million, Wildwood Grove is Dollywood theme park’s largest capital investment ever and is the first new area added to Dollywood since Wilderness Pass in 2008. The biggest adventure in Dollywood’s history provides guests of all sizes unique experiences to enjoy together as a family. After stepping into Wildwood Grove, […]

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