Christine Killimayer joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2010 as half of the brand new sports department.
She comes to the Tennessee Valley from Las Vegas, where she worked as a multimedia sports journalist for the Greenspun Corporation. Prior to that, Christine was a sports anchor and reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kan.
A native of Latrobe, Pa., Christine graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a degree in broadcast news.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sports are steeped in traditions, like rolling Toomer’s Corner or singing “Rammer Jammer.” While those pastimes will never be touched, technology is leaving its mark all over athletics, transforming the games both on and off the field of play. Data-driven analytics help to resurrect professional teams, such as the Golden State Warriors or the Oakland Athletics. Tech is also impacting how athletes study and train. “Their football IQ is just so much further advanced than it was […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Genes help make you uniquely you. Genomics is the study of all of a person’s genes, or their genome, including how those genes interact with each other and the environment. The field is relatively new, but it is already having a major impact all over the globe. “The world we live in is increasingly shaped by genetics, from the way it impacts our healthcare, to food security, to where our energy comes from,” said HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigator […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Forecasting weather, especially in the south, is no easy task. Thankfully, the tools for it and the science behind it have evolved over the years. For centuries, cloud observations and animal behavior helped predict the weather. There is also the ever-popular weather rock. Eventually, though, forecasters moved beyond minerals to maps. “We speak the language of geography,” said National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Barron. “Anytime we send out some sort of impact message, it’s going […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On the surface, education seems to have remained the same for centuries – teachers standing and lecturing with students sitting and listening, well, most of them. While it looks the same, though, technology has profoundly changed the learning landscape. “Technology is so big and so relevant in everything now,” said Instructional Technology Specialist Vickey Sullivan. This revolution is so much more than just students’ cell phones interrupting class. The tools students use promote communication and collaboration. “They […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, but we also need to recognize the technology helping to keep our warfighters safe. For centuries, innovation has shaped warfare. From weapons systems to transportation to strategy, typically, the side to best harness technology wins. This push to advance is also moving beyond the battlefield, like with how defense equipment is made. 3-D printers are revolutionizing readiness for our […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Our nation’s capital just wrapped up “National Police Week.” Following this time where we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we’re also recognizing the technology protecting those who protect and serve. For decades, law enforcement agencies have used technology to improve public and officer safety. Two-way radios and radar detectors first changed the game in the 1930s and 40s. Today, non-lethal devices like the BolaWrap and body cams are protecting both crime fighters and the community. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Vaccines are dominating headlines right now, thanks to the recent nationwide measles outbreak. “The reason we have a vaccine for this virus is it is highly contagious,” said Dr. Amanda Storey. For the last century, vaccines have been used to prevent the spread of dozens of infectious diseases, like smallpox, hepatitis, and influenza. These once medical marvels continue to evolve, from how they’re administered, such as nasal sprays, to what they prevent. A team of doctors and […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – No nuts or bolts about it, the robotics industry is revolutionizing how we live. From the service industry to healthcare to farming, automation continues to streamline work and boost bottom lines. As the field develops, younger generations are also helping to shape the industry’s future. Thanks to robotics classes and competitions, students are learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as problem-solving and communication skills. Many of these students are already impacting lives, too. One […]
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama High School Athletic Association reported Thursday that the Deshler High School football team violated AHSAA eligibility rules. It says the school self-reported the violation. As a result, Deshler has been fined, placed on probation for one year and order to forfeit one varsity football game. The AHSAA said Deshler played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule,” specifically the “Bona Fide Transfer Rule.” The school must forfeit all contests its team won in […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – For nearly 30 years, Southern League baseball was a hit in north Alabama. The Huntsville Stars first took to the field in the Tennessee Valley in 1985, but in 2014, the Rocket City’s team got pulled. “I hated to see us lose baseball and I did feel like there needed to be some time and the right person, and the right people involved in this, a new ballpark that would be attractive to fans,” said Mark […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined. It is incredibly hard to comprehend any young person dying by suicide, which is why JacQuan Winters has struggled ever since his 11-year-old sister, Kristen Amerson, killed herself. “She was full […]
Warning: The following story may contain material some find to be graphic or triggering. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Every 98 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Chances are, it has happened to someone in your life and you may not even know it. It happened to one of our friends, an employee at WHNT News 19. Loni Cleve said she needs to tell her story. She wants sexual assault victims to know they are not alone. She also […]