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.

If you run into Kelly stop and say hi! She is excited to meet people in the community, and is always looking for new places to check out.

If you have a news tip, story idea, or just want to chat, email Kelly at

Recent Articles
  • 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, […]

  • Safely dealing with armadillos

    As the temperature continues to climb higher, so does something else — the number of armadillo sightings. While mainly harmless, armadillos can spread disease to you and your pets. If you have armadillos in your yard, that’s a sign of another problem. “Either you have bugs, grubs, or some type of insect. That’s the reason why he’s there, he’s foraging for food,” said Marcus Garner, an urban regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. While armadillos can help […]

  • Alabama Back to School Sales Tax Holiday July 19-21

    It might not be what you want to hear, but if you want to get the most bang for your buck, it’s almost time to make back-to-school shopping plans. Alabama’s 14th annual back to school sales tax holiday is July 19-21. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19, until midnight, Sunday, July 21, the state waives its four-percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing. More than 300 cities and counties throughout Alabama will waive their local taxes as well. This year, […]

  • A Night of Puerto Rican Folk Music in Big Spring Park

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Concerts in the Park continues in Big Spring Park Monday with a cultural exchange concert. It will be a night of Puerto Rican folk music with cuatro virtuoso Wilbert Maldonado Rivera and his band all the way from Utuado, Puerto Rico. The concert is on July 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and is free to attend. Organizers say it will be a night of high-energy music that’s sure to make you want to move! The concert is sponsored […]

  • Tangled String Music Festival Returns to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Tangled String Music Festival is returning to Huntsville this weekend. The festival is a one-day outdoor event in downtown Huntsville. The festival is on Saturday, June 22 in Big Spring Park. It features acts from around the Southeast. Under the trees at Big Spring Park East, near the birthplace of this rapidly growing city, there will be a lineup led by Southern rockers Drivin N Cryin, the Atlanta-based favorites with a gold record and a unique […]

  • Juneteenth Celebrations in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Wednesday, June 19th marks Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This weekend, Huntsville is celebrating the event. The celebration will begin at the corner of Holmes Avenue and Church Street, right outside WHNT News 19, for the unveiling of the “Church Street Historic Marker.” The marker will commemorate the site of the African American business district. The unveiling is Sunday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m. The celebration moves to […]

  • Baseball league for teens and adults with autism and special needs comes to North Alabama

    ATHENS Ala. – A baseball league for teens and adults with autism and other special needs is coming to the greater Huntsville area this summer. The Alternative Baseball League is for players 15 and up — there is no age limit. The Commissioner and CEO, Taylor Clark Duncan, said he was told he couldn’t play baseball. “Being an injury risk or being a safety hazard or just not being able to be capable because of others’ perception of what they […]

  • Concerts in the Park is back with new performers and themed nights

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Arts Huntsville and the City of Huntsville Department of Parks & Recreation present the 2019 Concerts in the Park season. Concerts in the Park will be held every Monday evening, June 3–August 5, showcasing a mix of musical genres. The concerts are held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in Downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park on the Huntsville of Museum of Art outdoor stage and are free to the public. Concertgoers should bring their own seating and leashed pets are welcome. […]

  • Community Free Dental Clinic hopes to buy their building and expand their services

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A trip to the dentist can cost a lot of money, especially for someone without dental insurance. The Community Free Dental Clinic is the only free clinic in Madison County where people can get relief from tooth pain at no cost. The clinic has served the area for five years. Now, they hope to expand their mission even further. The clinic has served nearly 8,000 people in Madison County, but wants to serve more. “We are trying […]

  • “The Murph Challenge” honors memory of U.S. Navy SEAL

    ATHENS Ala. – Every Memorial Day people across the country take part in The Murph Challenge, a fitness challenge in memory of U.S. Navy SEAL, Michael P. Murphy. The challenge consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, then another mile run. “My last lap in the run I just kept thinking honestly my legs were so tired, and it’s so hot, and I’m sweating so bad,” said Brittany Olson, a fitness instructor at the Athens Rec Center. […]

  • The nation’s most innovative cyber security-technology event returns to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The 11th annual National Cyber Summit offers unique educational, collaborative and workforce development opportunities for industry visionaries and rising leaders. The summit focuses on two core things: accessibility and connectivity. The summit is June 4th-6th at the Von Braun Center. Register online here. It is held in Huntsville, Alabama because it is one of the nation’s largest technological hubs, the summit attracts both government and commercial participants. Long known as the home to Department of Defense organizations […]

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