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.

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Recent Articles
  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

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