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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
  • Tensions rising as fatal Madison police shooting investigation continues

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a fatal police shooting is approaching its fourth day. Sunday, Madison police killed Dana Fletcher in the parking lot of Planet Fitness. Investigators did not release any new details about the investigation on Wednesday. But what does seem to be happening is — as no new information is released – concerns in the community appear to be rising. Those tensions seem to be rooted in a Facebook post from […]

  • Despite recent violence, Madison leaders confident in public safety

    MADISON, Ala – Sunday, a man was murdered in madison outside a Kroger grocery store. This is the second murder that has taken place in Madison this year. There have also been multiple robberies. But are crime rates actually rising in Madison? Mayor Paul Finley explained the message he wants the community to understand about these crimes. Over the weekend, caution tape blocked off a crime scene at the Kroger on Wall Triana Highwayafter a man was shot and killed […]

  • US Attorney: Criminals using the dark web to commit crimes in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – People in North Alabama are using the dark web to commit crimes. That’s the message Jay Town, U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Alabama, wants people to understand. The dark web is different than the internet we use every day. “The dark web is basically an anonymized version of the internet,” said Joshua Crumbaugh, a cybersecurity expert and CEO of Peoplesec. People need a special browser and software to access it. Crumbaugh says there is absolutely […]

  • Drug traffickers using mail service to ship narcotics across the country

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Federal authorities said they arrested 36 members of a drug trafficking ring in North Alabama last week in a joint operation with multiple federal agencies and local law enforcement. The arrests were the result of a months-long investigation. During that time, law enforcement officials said they learned quite a bit about how these drug dealers were able to bring meth into North Alabama. Over the course of the investigation, officials say approximately 200 pounds of meth were […]

  • Report: DEA responded slowly to increase in opioid use and abuse over past 2 decades

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice investigated how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency responded to the significant increase in opioid use and abuse over the past 2 decades, and the DEA came up lacking. “We found that DEA was slow to respond to this growing public health crisis and that it’s regulatory and enforcement efforts could have been more effective,” said Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, US Department of Justice. A report released […]

  • Despite few regulations, shooting range owner says safety comes first

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – While there are numerous regulations to buy and sell firearms, the only thing a Madison County resident needed to build a shooting range – was a business license. That’s it. A new shooting range is opening its doors Saturday on Hobbs Island Road. The owner says despite the lack of regulations regarding safety, he is making safety at the range a high priority. “People hear there is a shooting range being built out here this is […]

  • Athens to pay $30k in penalties for May fish kill

    ATHENS, Ala – A sewage spill in a Limestone County creek kills hundreds of fish – including a protected species. Now the city of Athens is on the hook for $30,000 in penalties. In May, biologists with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management say at least 3,000 fish in Athens’ Swan Creek and tributaries suddenly died, including 10 of the protected slackwater darter. Mayor Ronnie Marks says a sewage spill caused the fish kill. “It was simply a worker error […]

  • Cyber security experts say ransomware attackers target hospitals and municipalities

    Alabama – Last week DCH Health Systems was the subject of a ransomware attack. They are still working to get back to normal. Monday they didn’t have WiFi. “We’re not yet at the tipping point where we are ready to transition from paper charting and transitioning back to the digital world,” said Brad Fisher, DCH spokesperson. The hospital is still working to determine exactly how the attackers were able to infiltrate their network. The ransomware attack encrypted the hospital’s network […]

  • Decatur city leader says it’s important immigrants are comfortable reporting crimes

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur Police Department released a revised immigration policy after Mayor Tab Bowling took to social media expressing concerns about the document over the weekend. The policy explains how the police department is supposed to work with Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers. To view a side-by-side comparison of the old and revised policies click here. Decatur city leaders want to make the town nearly 55,0000 people call home is safe.  Charles Kirby, the District 4 representative on […]

  • Breaking down barriers to opioid detox and treatment in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People are dying from opioid addiction and plenty of people want out before it`s too late. But getting out isn’t easy, there are barriers to detox and treatment. Three years ago Lori Moore’s family was being crushed in addiction’s grip, at times it seemed hopeless. “When I was growing through it we didn’t talk about it and I didn’t know where to go. and I found myself very isolated, I found myself very alone, very angry,” Moore […]

  • Starting at the beginning: The Opioid Crisis’s impact on babies

    Every 15 minutes a child in the United States is born addicted to opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. From 2010-2013, the number of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which is a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from certain drugs exposed to in the womb,  more than doubled. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville hospital treats babies with severe health problems, including NAS. Dr. Stephanie Isreal is a pediatrician at Huntsville Hospital. […]

  • Family demanding justice for Tiffany Kelley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Sunday marked one year since a Huntsville woman was murdered after she thought she was helping two strangers in need. Tiffany Kelley is remembered for her kindness. “She had a heart of gold. She could walk in the room and just light up the whole room,” said Kelley’s sister, Kimberly Ford. “She would have given you the shirt off the back if it was the last thing that she had,” said Kelley’s sister, Kasey Creque. Her sisters […]

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