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
  • Support for victims vital part of ending family violence

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Domestic violence accounted for 16% of all violent offenses investigated by law enforcement in Alabama – according to the most recent data from ALEA. With that in mind, Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Crisis Center of North Alabama, which assists domestic violence victims. Prosecutors and advocates say those services are vital in helping aid victims and ending family violence. 30 homicide, 283 rapes, 111 robberies, 3,867 aggravated assaults…That’s a break down […]

  • Disagreement on how to move forward in Alabama abortion ban lawsuit

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The strictest abortion law in the country has an effective date of November 15th, but court challenges mean it’s on hold for the foreseeable future. Alabama made headlines when Governor Ivey signed the strictest abortion ban in the country. HB 314 makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases including rape and incest. Less than two weeks later a lawsuit was filed against the state. In June the plaintiffs, including the ACLU of Alabama and a […]

  • New ‘Anti-Road Rage Act’ creates fine for riding left lane

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A new law is coming to Alabama’s roadways this summer. Governor Kay Ivey signed the Anti-Road Rage Act. It only allows drivers to use the left lane on the interstate to pass other drivers. In 2017 alone, more than 50 thousand crashes with injuries were reported in Alabama. Nearly 1,000 wrecks were fatal. Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation want to see those numbers go down. They say the ‘Anti-Road Rage Act’ could help because riding […]

  • Could large quake rock Alabama in the near future?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Did you feel it? There was an earthquake 11 miles outside of Huntsville Sunday night. It was small, only measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale. But scientists say there could be larger quakes on the way. People normally associate earthquakes with California, especially after large quakes that caused damage earlier this month. However, officials with the Alabama Geological Survey say there are 10-20 earthquakes people can feel in Alabama every year. New Madrid Seismic Zone The New […]

  • Marshall County addresses large property value increases, incorrect protest date

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala – They say there are only two guarantees in life, death, and taxes. But one family with property in Marshall County got a big surprise when they received their property tax valuation notice. Not only did the value of the property go up, but they also received the notice with details about how to protest it — a month after the deadline. Rising home values are normally a good thing, until tax time. Some Marshall County homeowners […]

  • Victims’ families say changes to law offer little consolation one year after Guntersville triple homicide

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala – Saturday marks one year since a triple murder in the quiet town of Guntersville rocked the community. 7-year-old Colton Lee and his great grandmother Marie Martin were killed and neighbor Martha Reliford’s body was discovered July 13th. The lives of the family members left behind have been changed forever. What these families are dealing with is an unimaginable loss. Their attorney, Tommy James says the families are having a difficult time as they approach this anniversary. It’s […]

  • Alarming Alabama HIV statistics exist while scientists work to stop spread of virus by 2030

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The University of Alabama in Birmingham is working with community stakeholders to end the aids epidemic in Alabama. The goal is to end the spread of HIV in the state by 2030 and UAB just received a big grant renewal to continue the fight. But the task doesn’t come without challenges. Thrive Alabama CEO Mary Elizabeth Marr says grant money just received by researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham will go a long way to […]

  • Deputy who resigned over homophobic comments hired at Owens Cross Roads Police Department

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A former Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy who resigned after posting homophobic comments on social media has been hired as an Owens Cross Roads police officer. Jeff Graves shared his opinion on Facebook about the LGBTQ community —  after the death of 15-year-old Nigel Shelby in April — while still working as a deputy for Madison County. Family members said Shelby died by suicide and had been the target of homophobic bullying. The comments made by […]

  • Consul General of Mexico visits Huntsville, explains how immigration is changing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – President Trump says his administration will soon start deporting thousands of undocumented people living in ten major cities after delaying action last month.  The announcement comes amid growing tensions over migrant treatment at the border. One of Mexico’s Consul generals visited Huntsville earlier this week. He explained what Mexico is doing to discuss immigration and if Mexico plans to help fund the US border wall. Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon says immigration has changed in Mexico. “We […]

  • BBB warns scammers target veterans during patriotic holidays

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Many people are celebrating our nation’s independence, but with the holiday, unfortunately, comes schemes. Scammers use this time of year to swindle veterans. Top 5 Most Risky Scams For Veterans – According to BBB Employment Scams: According to the BBB this is the riskiest scam for veterans and their spouses. Home Improvement Scams: 61% of military consumers who reported a home improvement scam lost money, which is much higher than the 50% of all consumer types. Fake […]

  • SPLC concerned early parole freeze is causing prison problems

    ALABAMA – Alabama prison inmates have not been able to be paroled early since October of last year when the Governor’s moratorium went into effect. That has since ended, but the Board of Pardons and Paroles is still not granting early release. Officials with the Southern Poverty Law Center are concerned with how they believe this is affecting prison overpopulation. They also say taking away the idea of early release can cause other problems. There has been a downward trend […]

  • Mexican diplomat visits Huntsville to talk trade with industry leaders

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A diplomat from Mexico visited the rocket city Tuesday. His visit comes on the heels of President Trump taking tariffs off the table when it comes to trade with Mexico. Mexico is the second largest buyer of US goods in the world. While the US and Mexico exchange a variety of produce and cultural products. “That’s not really what it’s about. What it’s about is machinery parts electrical components,” Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon said. Consul […]

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