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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.

Have a tip or an idea? Kelley wants to hear from you! She enjoys communicating with our viewers. Follow her on Twitter @KelleySmithWHNT or email her at Kelley.smith@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • Woman charged in fatal stabbing heard discussing incident in jail phone call, jury deliberating

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A Madison County jury deliberated on a capital murder trial for about 5 hours Tuesday before resting for the day. Paris Kimbrough is on trial for stabbing Nicklos Dean to death. The confrontation occurred at Dean’s porch at his home on Myrtlewood Dr. in Huntsville in 2016. The state is arguing that Paris Kimbrough committed burglary and intentionally killed Dean. Her attorney says she stabbed him in self-defense. “The fact that he is standing there and says […]

  • Alabama manufacturing students could see changes to FAME apprenticeship program

    DECATUR, Ala – What’s next for the FAME apprenticeship programs in Alabama? During Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump’s visit Tuesday the program’s creator, Toyota Motor North America announced that the Manufacturing Institute will be taking over the program. Officials at Calhoun Community College say the program will be changing, but they expect enrollment to increase as demand for skilled workers continues to rise in the state. Training for manufacturing students has changed a lot over the years. “Maintenance positions in the […]

  • Oakwood University President calls for campus policy review after student allegations of sexual misconduct

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The Oakwood University President says campus leaders will be reviewing safety and security measures and support services after a social media movement #OUMeToo gained traction. It began to trend after users shared claims of sexual harassment or assault that allege the university was involved in some way. Our news partner Al.com reports a page collecting many of these allegations has since been deleted. The #OUMeToo page may have been deleted, but the hashtag remains. Search the hashtag […]

  • Friends, court documents provide more details about Sisk Family

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala – Friends and court documents are piecing more together more details about the Sisk family; who they were, and their dealings with the legal system. Tuesday morning the community of Elkmont and friends of the Sisk family woke up to shocking news. John and Mary Sisk and their children, six-year-old Kane, five-year-old Aurora, and their six-month-old infant Coleson, were all killed. “Still having a hard time realizing that it really happened,” said Hope Seeley, a former colleague […]

  • Back seat passengers can be cited for not wearing seat belt

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Starting September 1, all passengers inside a car, including those in the back seat, are required to wear a seat belt. Normally, when a car gets pulled over the driver is the one who gets the ticket, but if you get in the backseat and happen to be a licensed adult, it won’t be the driver who is cited. “Let me say this too, if you’re in the back seat and you’re an adult, that citation could […]

  • Staying in the left lane will come at a cost when new law goes into effect

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A series of new Alabama driving laws will go into effect September 1. One of them is the ‘anti-road-rage act’. It’s a law that will no longer allow drivers to ride in the left lane without passing other vehicles on highways and interstates. It has been against the law for years to ride in the left lane – it’s called impeding the flow of traffic. But this new law created specific language dictating that people can only […]

  • Judge dissolves injunction used to seize assets of massage parlor owners suspected of human trafficking

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Business owners accused of using their massage parlors as a front for human trafficking are fighting for their assets in court. In April, Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a temporary restraining order to shut down their locations in Huntsville and Decatur, seize all of their money and property. On Friday, Madison County Circuit Court Judge Alison Austin made the decision to dissolve the preliminary injunction filed by AG Marshall against Ty Green’s Massage Therapy, Inc. Because of […]

  • Court battle over assets of massage parlor owner accused of human trafficking

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – New information was revealed in court Wednesday about massage parlors in Madison and Morgan Counties that state Attorney General Steve Marshall calls a human trafficking front. The AG asked the court to ban the owners of TY Green’s Massage Therapy Inc. from doing business in the state. This week court hearings have been held in the civil case. But there are still many questions — like why no criminal charges have been filed in the matter. It’s […]

  • Medical Cannabis Study Commission holds first meeting

    The Medical Cannabis Study Commission held its first meeting Tuesday. The commission was created as a compromise after a bill to allow medical marijuana stalled in the Alabama legislature. Is Alabama one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana? At the statehouse lawmakers, doctors, district attorneys and other members of the Medical Cannabis Study Commission met for the first time. Tuesday was the culmination of a process several years in the making. Cannabidiol and medical marijuana bills have been brought to […]

  • TVA completes $475 million extended power uprate modifications

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala – The Tennessee Valley Authority recently wrapped up $475 million upgrades at Browns Ferry – the company’s oldest nuclear facility. Browns Ferry can now supply power to 280,000 more homes now that the extended power uprate is complete. Extending the plant’s power uprate was a process that began in 2018. This was after the nuclear regulatory commission approved the plan in 2017. “We took the couple of years to finish the big major modifications, pumps, and rotors, […]

  • Navigating Governors Drive: A taking action report

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The closure of Cecil Ashburn funneled thousands of more vehicles to Governors Drive. While Huntsville Police say they haven’t seen as many crashes as they anticipated – people who live there say they have safety concerns. Governors Drive these days, just collecting garbage takes an entourage of vehicles, including a large truck and a police cruiser, to ensure sanitation crews are safe. Before the closure of Cecil Ashburn, the City of Huntsville partnered with ALDOT to prepare […]

  • Report suggests Alabama creates legislation to fight cancer

    ALABAMA – When it comes to preventing cancer – legislation has an important role to play, According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. A new report from the organization shows that Alabama has some room for improvement. The ‘How Do You Measure Up’ report takes a look at state legislative activity to reduce cancer incidents and mortality. “There are about 8 different areas in Alabama and Alabama is doing well in one and in about 5 is in […]

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