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
  • World’s third largest defense contractor plans $45 million expansion in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The world’s third largest defense contractor is expanding its presence in Huntsville. Monday BAE Systems announced it is building a new $45 million facility in the Rocket City. Leaders say it will create hundreds of jobs. The new BAE Systems facility will be built on the corner of Old Madison Pike and Jan Davis Drive at the Cummings Research Park. The 20-acre plot of land will be used to construct an 84,000 square foot building, which means […]

  • Huntsville City schools rolls out new school bus company

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Last year parents were upset over their students not getting to schools in Huntsville on time when they took the bus. The district decided not to renew their contract with the company Durham School Services. The company AppleBus is taking over student transit services. As the wheels on the bus are about to go round and round the district is rolling out a new school bus company, AppleBus. “We’re excited about the new company and the new […]

  • Fundraiser supporting nonprofit fostering Toffee wraps up soon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It has been two weeks since the world focused its attention on a puppy trapped in a hole at a home in south Huntsville. After more than 30 hours of being trapped underground rescuers were eventually able to free Toffee who is deaf and partially blind. And while Toffee had a very happy ending a local artist is hoping to also create a positive impact on the nonprofit that is fostering the puppy. Local artist and animal […]

  • Puppies rescued from fire offer family hope

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Last Friday, Huntsville fire crews responded to the scene of a house fire on Edgemont Circle. Sadly fire officials told us that five dogs died in the fire. But crews were able to treat and save three from smoke inhalation and a fourth dog managed to escape the house before the fire consumed it. Of the four that survived, three were one-day-old puppies and the fourth was their mother, Coco. The family was going to give them away, […]

  • Low-cost airlines hit turbulence in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Huntsville International Airport introduced the latest low-cost carrier coming to the Rocket City, Frontier Airlines. Frontier will offer low fare nonstop flights from Huntsville to Denver or Orlando. Officials say transportation is a key factor for economic development and hope that this latest addition will motivate more people to keep their air travel business in Huntsville. This isn’t the first time officials from the Huntsville International Airport have announced a low-cost carrier’s arrival. Unfortunately plans to bring […]

  • Alabamians can face legal consequences for saving a dog from a hot car, lawmakers want to change that

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – What would you do if you saw a dog trapped in a hot car? It may seem like a simple question, but it doesn’t have an easy answer. Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34, was recently arrested and charged by police for leaving the dog in her car for almost eight hours leading to the dog’s death. She was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty. Concerned citizens called the police once they noticed the dog trapped in the […]

  • Five dogs die in Huntsville house fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Officials confirm five dogs died Friday afternoon in Huntsville during a house fire. Emergency crews responded to the blaze on Edgemont Circle just before noon. Crews treated three puppies for smoke inhalation. The puppies were estimated to be a few weeks old, but family members say the puppies were born the day before the fire. While crews were fighting the flames, the mother of the puppies, Coco went missing. She was later located and reunited with her […]

  • Water restored for Limestone County residents, county official devise plan to prevent future outages

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala – In the heat of the summer, having access to water is important. Folks living in Limestone County know that all too well. For five hours Monday morning, and again Monday night customers had none! 7,300 people were without water during the outage that was restored in the morning. A second low water pressure issue happened Monday night in the area of Hwy 31, close to Calhoun Community College.  Limestone County Water & Sewer authorities confirmed that […]

  • Huntsville rookie officer receives second chance

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Seventeen cadets graduated from the Huntsville Police Academy Friday. It was a big day for all the graduates. But for one cadet who has been on the other side of the law, the day was surreal. Isaac Holdsambeck was charged with reckless murder in 2010  after killing a passenger in his car while driving under the influence. Holdsambeck spoke to WHNT News 19 for the first time Friday. He talked about his road to becoming a police […]

  • HEMSI recognized by the American Heart Association for treating heart attacks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On a hot day, nothing sounds better than a popsicle. The CEO of Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Incorporated,  or HEMSI, spent the afternoon delivering popsicles to EMS personnel. But there was a lot more to this gesture than just keeping the team cool. HEMSI CEO John Howell is getting in the car, and hitting the road, working to find EMTs. “It’s hot. The crews are hot, and we want to give them a chance to cool off, so […]

  • Entire Owens Cross Roads neighborhood decorates for the Fourth of July

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – 242 years ago the Continental Congress approved a declaration that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire, but a new nation, the United States of America. It’s a day marked by fireworks, barbecues, and most importantly a nation-wide show of patriotism. And one neighborhood in Owens Cross Roads takes that very seriously. Stars, stripes, and even American flag banners greet people as they drive into Grayson Place and the patriotic display […]

  • How will Ballcorps LLC handle traffic on I-565 after stadium opens?

    MADISON, Ala – Every day we get closer to having a minor league team in Madison, but the gateway to the stadium is through an already congested I-565. Governor Kay Ivey, who is currently running for re-election, says the project to widen I-565 is a priority but WHNT did some digging. It turns out records from the Department of Transportation show current planning for the interstate has construction dates set for many years from now — in 2043, 2046 and […]