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
  • Groundbreaking ceremony held for Councill Memorial Park in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A Huntsville historic site is getting new life. Officials broke ground today for the Councill School Memorial Park. It will be built on the site of the first public school in Huntsville for African-American students. It may be dreary outside, but it was bright inside the library in downtown Huntsville where the groundbreaking ceremony took place. “It is a grand day for the groundbreaking on the inside,” proclaimed Laura Clift, William Hooper Council Alumni Association member. Former […]

  • Alabama Community College System offers help to Virginia College students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It’s been nearly 10 days since Virginia College announced it’s closing its doors. Students are telling WHNT News 19 their phone calls are not being returned and the school is not offering answers. The Alabama Community College System is stepping in to help. “I’ve been calling, but I haven’t been able to get any, you know, answers. I’m not even sure if anyone is still in the building,” Virginia College student Raqueal Hamlett said. Silence…That’s what many […]

  • 11-year-old Huntsville girl hopes to raise $50K to help kids battling cancer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Running a race to raise money for a cause is an amazing feat for most adults, but how would you react if you heard an 11-year-old girl was doing it? Kaitlyn Lee has been running to help kids with cancer since she was 7-years-old and she hopes by the end of the year she can reach a very special donation benchmark. Kaitlyn loves to run. “I think we’ve run over 45 races this year,” her mom, Nina […]

  • Huntsville doctors seeing rise in RSV cases in children

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It’s that time of year again – cold and flu season. The Huntsville City Schools district is asking parents to keep their kids at home if they’re sick. “We want parents to make sure that if their child is sick, if they meet one of the criteria that are pretty common things with fever, that sort of thing, that they keep their child at home during that time,” district communication director Keith Ward said. It was a […]

  • Federal grant gives green light to Decatur overpass project

    DECATUR, Ala. – The federal government is helping to put the pedal to the metal on two major road projects in Alabama. The US Transportation Secretary announced on Tuesday that the state will be awarded nearly $30 million in grant funding. The City of Decatur will receive $14.2 million of that money for the Project SMAART Phase II, which will build an overpass bridge at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Bibb Garrett Road. Christmas came early for the City of […]

  • Virginia College students worry about loans and transferring credits

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It has been almost a week since Education Corporation of America announced it was closing all its colleges, which includes Virginia College in Huntsville. Many students fear they are out thousands of dollars in tuition costs as they struggle to find a school that will accept their credits. “You see it, and you hear about it, but you never think it will happen to you,” Raqueal Hamlett said. She was a Virginia College student and now she […]

  • Students scramble as Virginia College prepares to close its doors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Virginia College has 27 campuses and an estimated 15,000 students across the country. And those students are scrambling after finding out every campus, including the one in Huntsville, are closing this month. Students knew the end was coming. Back in September the institution stopped enrolling new students and announced it was closing in June 2019, but Tuesday that date was moved up six months. Many students who thought they would be able to graduate won’t be able […]

  • US Space and Rocket Center remembers visit from George H.W. Bush

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – While the services for former President George H.W. Bush are taking place in our nation’s capital Wednesday,  the loss is being felt across the country and especially in Huntsville. The 41st President came to the Rocket City once in 1987 and again in 1990. In 1987, he visited the US Space and Rocket Center. Many celebrities and politicians have visited space camp, but his trip in 1987 was different and is still commemorated to this day. Video […]

  • Fraudster pretends to be Madison County Sheriff in email scam

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Scammers are continuing to look for new ways to steal your money. Over the past few weeks officials from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office have warned people about fraudsters posing as representatives from private companies like UPS and even government agencies. But now scammers are going a step further. Scammers are pretending to be the Sheriff in an attempt to reel in victims to their phishing scam. You may have heard of scams like this before, where […]

  • Study reveals Huntsville’s rent rising at one of the fastest rates in the nation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Has your rent increased this year? If it has, you’re not alone. According to a recent study from CoStar, Huntsville’s rent prices for multi-family housing are rising at one of the fastest paces in the nation. The study published says since January of this year, rent in Huntsville has gone up 6.5%. Only three cities in the country have risen at a higher rate, Las Vegas, Reno, and Phoenix. There is a caveat to this, it only […]

  • Family mourns woman killed by car crashing into house

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A Huntsville family is trying to move forward following the tragic death of their sister, daughter, and friend, Joy Vaughn.  Vaughn was killed when police say 53-year-old Antony Wu drove his truck into the home where she was sleeping. Wu is now facing manslaughter charges. Police believe drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash. Police say Wu ran his truck off Chaney Thompson Rd. Saturday night, driving through several yards and a chain link fence […]

  • Experts explain how to protect yourself from Cyber Monday scammers

    ALABAMA – Cyber Monday is here. Are you planning to shop online? If so, you’re part of the majority. According to Adobe Digital Insights,  Americans are expected to spend $6.6 billion. That number is up 16-percent from last year. Those numbers show how much the shopping holiday is increasing in popularity. Unfortunately, it’s also becoming a good time of year for scammers to cash in. $205 – That’s the average amount of money RetailMeNot is projecting people to spend on […]