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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
  • Saluting Our Heroes: Madison County inducts several to the Hall of Heroes

    MADISON COUNTY Ala. — The Madison Country Military Heritage Committee honors past military members who have been awarded medals dating back to the start of the country. Each year veterans are inducted into the Madison County Hall Of Heroes. This year’s inductees include the following: Captain Carl Gamble, U.S. Army (Ret.)   Carl Gamble served in the Air Force in Vietnam and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. The decorated veteran and his wife now live in North Carolina. He has written a […]

  • Comedy show benefiting soldier suicide prevention group is coming to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Veteran’s Day is just over a week away. An event coming to Huntsville supports those who served our country and gives some laughs while they’re at it. A comedy tour raising money to stop military suicides is coming to Huntsville. “I needed to do something about this as a former Marine. I felt like the blend of giving back to my military family and combining comedy seemed like a natural fit,” said Crystalle Ramey, The 22 Tour producer […]

  • Rocket City Trash Pandas logo to be revealed Saturday

    MADISON, Ala. — We’re getting one step closer to baseball being back in North Alabama. This weekend, the Rocket City Trash Pandas logo will be revealed. The Rocket City Trash Pandas don’t have fans in just North Alabama, not even in just North America. “The United States and about 16 other countries want Trash Panda merchandise,” said Ralph Nelson, the Ball Corps Managing Partner. “You know, social media is amazing. We get tweets and texts from all over the world; Denmark […]

  • Space community comes together in Huntsville for the future of space exploration

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — We are in a new age of space exploration. Whether it is a mission back to the Moon, or to Mars, or into deep space, the only way to get there is through collaboration. The Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is designed to create just that. “Government, commercial, academia, and the broader public, to talk about space flight, exploration,” said Jim Way, the American Astronautical Society Executive Director. “To talk about where we are now, where we want […]

  • Rocket City Trash Pandas counterfeit merchandise popping up online

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Much of north Alabama is gearing for minor leagues baseball’s return, but that gear may be counterfeit. A slew of counterfeit Trash Panda merchandise has been popping up online. Here’s more on what to look out for, and how to get official team products. “Obviously they don’t sell our merchandise, because we haven’t released the logo yet,” said Ralph Nelson, Managing Partner Ball Corps, LLC. He said they have already seen at least a dozen of these sites and reported […]

  • Four local veterans take a trip of honor, to honor their service

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Four local veterans left for a trip of a lifetime Friday morning. Forever Young Senior Veterans of Alabama flew the veterans to Washington D.C. to be honored for their service. “I did two tours in Vietnam. It was so nice they let me do it twice,” said Tom McKinney, a Vietnam Marine Veteran. He said some of his memories from that time are hard to think about. “When I’m around other veterans it seems to just bring out all […]

  • In Mexico Beach, pain of Hurricane Michael doesn’t diminish spirits

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. – Two days after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, WHNT News 19 arrived to see what was left behind. The morning of Oct. 12, emergency vehicles were pouring into Mexico Beach, Fla. Sheriff’s deputies and police from as far away as the Orlando area came to help clear up the damage. They set up a barricade near Lookout Lounge, where the time zone changes, to prevent people from entering the city during the overnight curfew that […]

  • Social security increase impact on seniors

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — Social security beneficiaries will be getting an increase in benefits next year, but for many retirees, it won’t balance out other cost increases. The 2019 increase is the largest increase for retirees since 2012. “That is exciting, you know every little bit helps,” said Chanda Crutcher, the Executive Director of the Legacy Center, a group that works to enhance the lives of older adults. “But I think the reality is that for many that is just a drop in […]

  • Historic Mercury Redstone Rocket restoration begins

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — The restoration of the rockets at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center has officially begun. The first parts of some of the historic rockets have been taken in for restoration, the first steps in an estimated $20 million project. Three components of the Mercury Redstone Rocket are being restored. “This is an identical capsule to what Alan Shepard would have ridden in, back in the day in 1961 when he took that historic flight,” said Pat Ammons, with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. […]

  • Warm October may help local cotton farmers

    ATHENS Ala. — You may be hoping for fall weather to hurry up and get here, but for many industries, this heat helps business. Highs in the 80’s, even 90’s, isn’t unheard of for an Alabama October but may be too warm for people wanting to break out their fall sweaters. This warm weather is a blessing for many local farmers. “I’m happy to see the sun shining today. A lot of people are ready for fall but this heat, it’ll help […]

  • Madison Street Festival bigger than ever, helping and supporting the city

    MADISON Ala. — The Madison Street Festival is the city’s biggest event and has been recognized as one of the top twenty festivals in Alabama. It started back in 1976 as a bicentennial project of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Back then the streets weren’t filled with as many people. “It really started growing. It went to 10,000 to 12,000, jumped to 20,000. The estimate was 35,000 last year, so it is huge,” said Debbie Overcash, the Publicity Chair or the  Madison Street Festival. The […]

  • 7-year-old celebrates a “No Mo Chemo Parade” at Johnson Elementary

    LIMESTONE COUNTY Ala. — Who wouldn’t want to be the grand marshall of their own parade? A 7-year-old girl in Limestone county got to do that on Friday. Pom poms and posters in hand, around 350 students lined up wearing their gold T-shirts, but that isn’t their school color, it’s the color of childhood cancer. Addison Gatlin is a first grader at Johnson Elementary. She has had a very rare and aggressive brain cancer three times. “You just see a […]