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
  • Controlling Cancer Conference comes to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new Huntsville conference is hoping to share strategies for reducing the risk of cancer, lower recurrence rates, and ease pain. They will share evidence-based lifestyle strategies to help deal with cancer at Huntsville’s Controlling Cancer Conference. Attendees will learn a natural approach to ease the pain of cancer. The conference will focus on breast and prostate cancers, although other cancers will be highlighted as well. The conference will also share an amazing story of a breast […]

  • Vigil honoring victims of violence taking place May 19 in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Sunday, May 19, families who have lost loved ones to violence with once again gather at Big Spring Park in Huntsville for a candlelight vigil. The 19th annual vigil for the Homicide Survivors Program will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the park gazebo. The vigil is an opportunity for survivors to honor the memory of victims of vehicular homicide or murder. Any survivor who would like to speak will have the opportunity […]

  • Annual Catfish Festival in Scottsboro taking place May 18

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The 19th annual Catfish Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 18 in Scottsboro! The fun for the entire family starts at 8:00 a.m. at Jackson County Park. A free kids area includes train rides, inflatables and fishing. The Bowman’s will provide entertainment. If you get hungry, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, homemade ice cream, barbeque sandwiches, fried pies, funnel cakes and snow cones. The Shriner’s will be selling catfish plates. There will also be […]

  • Redstone Arsenal takes on Garrison Command Sergeant Major Challenge

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Team Redstone hosted a fitness challenge Tuesday to see who can keep up with the Garrison Command Sergeant Major. The challenge consisted of a 3-mile run uphill, with eight different obstacles along the way. “Part of being a soldier, one of the rules of employment, is you have to be physically fit,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Counts. “So one of the ways we do physical fitness is working through muscular strength, endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness.” Counts […]

  • “Walk to End Lupus Now” aims to help the thousands with lupus in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Walk to End Lupus Now is looking to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of the disease, and rally public support for the estimated 27,000 people who suffer from its brutal impact in Alabama. The walk is Saturday, May 18 at SR Butler Green on Campus 805. Check-in is at 8:00 a.m., the ceremony is at 9:45 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. The route is one mile long. The walk provides all […]

  • A dad and his two sons set to graduate together from Drake State Technical College

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Brothers Avery and Austin Mathis and their dad Joey Mathis are no strangers to hard work. “We love working with our hands, and we love working outside and getting dirty, getting sweaty, we’re not office people,” said Austin Mathis. For the last 18 years, they worked in the moon bounce business at Big Bounce Rentals. “They started working when they were like 10-years-old, and as a business owner and their father, you couldn’t ask for two better […]

  • “Touch-a-Truck” event offers fun for kids, supports child abuse prevention

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Parents and Children Together is hosting a Touch-a-Truck event. Decatur PACT is a non-profit that works to prevent child abuse and neglect through community ties and actions. The Touch-a-Truck family fun day is Saturday, May 4th at the Morgan County Fair Grounds in Decatur. The event is fromĀ 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be a sensory sensitive hour from 10:00am-11:00am. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be present for food purchases.

  • Residents feeling “abandoned” and “forgotten” after Hurricane Michael

    Hurricane Michael came ashore over six months ago. For some, it may be a memory, but the people living in the Florida panhandle are still living in a disaster zone. Creating a daily battle for those who live and work there, every day since the storm hit. The first responders and the Red Cross have left, but much of the Florida Panhandle is still in pieces. What’s left of the debris here is nothing compared to the 15 million cubic […]

  • Repairs at Tyndall Air Force Base will stop May 1 without disaster aid funds

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Tyndall Air Force base was badly damaged in Hurricane Michael. The Air Force says the base will be rebuilt as the “installation of the future,” but that takes money. The base is currently using funds from the Air Force to rebuild, but that is scheduled to run out this week. If that happens, rebuilding will stop without additional disaster aid from Congress. “It’s different looking around, and there’s no trees on this base. There’s […]

  • Six months after Hurricane Michael, those affected still waiting for disaster relief funding

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, one of four in U.S. history. The storm was historic. But now, over six months later, the federal government still has not passed a disaster relief bill for areas affected by the storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey said he has the title of mayor, but he’s no politician. “In the private world, where I work and make a living, when the cart’s in the ditch you […]

  • Restaurants and real estate still recovering six months after Hurricane Michael

    It has been six months since Hurricane Michael flattened parts of the Florida panhandle. So much so the storm was upgraded to a rare Category 5 hurricane. Areas affected by hurricane Michael are still struggling to get back to normal. Mexico Beach was ground zero for the storm, it washed away homes and businesses. Now, six months later, a few restaurants have popped back up, but they don’t look like you may expect. Before Hurricane Michael Mango Marley’s was a […]

  • High School Rodeo Competition comes to North Alabama

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. – Get your lasso and cowboy hat ready, the rodeo is coming to town. For the first time in several years, the Alabama High School Rodeo AssociationĀ is coming to North Alabama. In its 40th year, the AHSRA is gearing up for a big competition in North Alabama. The high school rodeo competition is in Rainsville at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. It is April 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. Admission costs $5 and is free for those […]

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