Christine Killimayer has called the Tennessee Valley home since July of 2010. She currently anchors WHNT News 19 at 4:00 and WHNT News 19 at 6:30 with Jerry Hayes.

Christine first came to WHNT News 19 to serve as the station’s first female sports anchor and reporter. During that time, she had the privilege of covering Alabama’s run to the 2012 BCS Championship and Auburn’s run to the 2011 BCS Championship. She also had the opportunity to build relationships with many local college and high school athletes and coaches.

After two years at WHNT News 19, Christine took a short sabbatical from the business, but she returned to North Alabama’s News Leader in April of 2014. She worked as a multimedia journalist until being promoted to anchor in 2016.

Christine has covered a wide variety of events and issues impacting WHNT News 19 viewers from the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak to the team name reveal for the Tennessee Valley’s newest minor league baseball team. She is most proud of her work producing an award-winning suicide prevention special.

Before making the move to Huntsville, Christine served as a sports anchor for Greenspun Media Group in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, she covered a variety of sports, including many Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights, as well as countless UFC events and UNLV basketball and football games.

Prior to her time in Las Vegas, Christine worked as a sports anchor and reporter for KTKA in Topeka, Kansas. There, she had the opportunity to cover the University of Kansas and the Jayhawks’ run to the 2008 Orange Bowl and the 2008 NCAA National Championship.

A native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Christine graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. While in school, she became the first female sports director at WOUB-TV, a PBS affiliate serving 55 counties in four states. She also had the opportunity to work as a sideline reporter for ESPNU.

Christine has been honored with numerous awards throughout her career, including several from the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors. She also received an Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nashville/Midsouth Chapter.

Christine lives with her husband and their two dogs in Limestone County. When she’s not working, Christine stays busy rooting for her Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Bobcats. She can also often be found in her kitchen cooking, in the gym working out (currently obsessed with OTF) or at her family’s Tennessee cabin kayaking (let’s be honest, floating).

Recent Articles
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