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Kelley joined the WHNT News 19 team in May of 2018. She comes to the Tennessee Valley from the Midwest, but grew up in California.

She previously worked as a reporter for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While in the Mount Rushmore State she covered several different kinds of stories spanning state and local government, severe weather and even the 75th annual Stugis Rally.

She is the recipient of a Sevareid Award for investigative journalism.

Kelley graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and she made her reporting debut in Helena, Montana.

Kelley is no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. Her family is from Madison. She looks forward to being near family and friends.

She loves the outdoors. In her spare time you can find her fishing, hiking or exploring Northeast Alabama.

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Recent Articles
  • Emerging scam takes root in Alabama – Brushing

    HARVEST, Ala – It’s what officials from the Better Business Bureau are calling an emerging scam. You open the mail box and find a package you didn’t order. Trust us, it’s too good to be true. And it happened to a woman in Harvest. Tammy Still opened her mailbox to find a package from the China Post she didn’t order. She opened it in front of WHNT News 19 cameras. “I think I’ll dump the contents on the table. Look […]

  • NASA’s new administrator visits Marshall Space Flight Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – NASA’s new administrator Jim Bridenstine was sworn in just a few months ago. He stopped by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Wednesday for a tour of the facility. “It’s a day to show off, that’s true,” MSFC lead test engineer Matt cash said. The crew at the Marshall Space Flight Center says it’s a big day. “It’s an exciting day,”  Matt Cash said. He is the lead test engineer for the SLS intertank structural qualification test […]

  • Madison County woman targeted by scammers on Craigslist

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – It’s something people do every day. They post items they’re selling to online marketplaces like Craigslist. Many people do this and don’t have any issues, but one local woman was almost out $230 when scammers targeted her. Check overpayments scams target trusting people who are trying to do the right thing. A Madison County woman wants to share her story so that other people can learn from her experience. Marti Dill posted four seats from her Chrysler […]

  • Huntsville nonprofit teaches parents subtle signs of addiction

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — 115. This is the number of people who die from a drug overdose every day in the United States. Not One More Alabama (NOMA) is an organization that is working to raise awareness about this issue. It’s working with parents to teach them warning signs which indicate their child might be using drugs. Addiction is a destructive force. “It’s a disease. It’s a chronic, progressive brain disease that if we don’t do something about they end up […]

  • Hartselle High School student suspended for creating fake KKK photo

    HARTSELLE, Ala – School began Tuesday for Hartselle students and Wednesday a high school senior is not being allowed back to class. The student was suspended after taking a picture of classmates and then editing it to make it appear like they were wearing Ku Klux Klan attire. District officials cannot release the student’s identity, but they say it was a high school senior. “It’s totally unacceptable. It’s not a good representation of Hartselle High School or our community. We […]

  • Community helps military family whose home was trashed by renters

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – WHNT News 19 introduced on Monday a military wife who rented out her family’s home in Huntsville when her husband was transferred to Texas. She was shocked when she found the state her renters left it in. Krystal Harris says the damage will cost thousands of dollars to fix. She admits she got notices and citations from the city about the property’s condition but was shocked when she returned. Tuesday, she began feeling a glimmer of hope. […]

  • New school year, big changes for Madison City Schools

    MADISON, Ala. – Tuesday marked the first day of school for Madison City Schools. For the first time in several years 6th graders joined the ranks of middle schoolers. Liberty Middle School underwent $6.3 million in renovations to prepare for the change. The sound of students filled the hallways. “It’s always a joy to have a building full of noise. The school comes to life if you will,” Principal Shannon Brown said. There are a lot more kids adding their […]

  • Renters trash military family’s Huntsville home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It’s a home owner’s worst nightmare. Renters trash a home and leave owners to foot the bills. A military family says they rented out their Huntsville home while stationed in Texas. When they came for a checkup last week, it was destroyed, and damages are going to cost them thousands of dollars. Krystal Harris has been through a lot. She is a military wife, and her husband has been deployed several times. “And now he is in […]

  • Couple married at Huntsville Hospital so grandmother could attend ceremony

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – What would you do if your mom couldn’t come to your wedding? It was a question a young couple from Lynchburg, Tennessee faced this weekend as they prepared to get married in Huntsville. Kyle Burton’s grandmother raised him as her own son. She had a stroke in July and as of this weekend, she still couldn’t leave the hospital. But he made sure she didn’t miss his special day. Hospitals are known for sirens, but on Saturday […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies still searching for person of interest in fatal shooting

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – We are learning more details about a person of interest in a fatal shooting that occurred in northwest Madison County Thursday morning. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene around 9:30 in the morning to find 36-year-old Cedrick Lipscomb dead in his driveway. Sheriff’s deputies are hoping to get more information about what happened from Jumar Sims. He is the person of interest in this case, but police have not been able to find him. Deputies would like […]

  • How to pack quick, healthy lunches for kids

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala  – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? We’ve been told that by nutritionists for years. But now they’re saying lunch is also very important, especially for students. WHNT News 19 went shopping with a registered dietitian and nutritionist from the Huntsville Hospital to get tips on how to prepare and quick and healthy lunches for kids. When it comes to making a healthy meal balance is key. The five food groups are vegetables, fruits, […]

  • Nonprofit creates transitional housing unit for women getting back on their feet

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – Sometimes in life, we get knocked down. And some people have a hard time getting back on their feet. A nonprofit is looking to help women who are fighting that battle. Fresh Start Life Recovery currently connects victims of human trafficking as well as former exotic dancers and prostitutes to counseling services. And now the nonprofit is getting ready to open a home in Madison County to provide transitional housing for women. This building housed a […]