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
  • Law firm determining Huntsville’s monetary losses due to opioid crisis

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In October the Huntsville City Council voted to hire a law firm and file a lawsuit against opioid drugmakers. The city is one of 2,500 entering into this litigation. There are still some questions that remain when it comes to Huntsville’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturing giants. For starters – monetary damages. “We do not know the amount yet. There is not a dollar amount claimed and the reason for that is the numbers are a little difficult […]

  • Huntsville business leaders learn to fight economic espionage

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It would take you more than 15,000  years to count every dollar the United State losses annually due to the theft of trade secrets. The U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District met with business leaders in Huntsville to show ways to combat this crime. “When we’re talking about threats to intellectual property and trade secrets here in Madison County, and Huntsville, at the Arsenal, out in Research Park, that threat comes in a variety of forms,” said […]

  • Southern Poverty Law Center says Alabama’s prisons ‘horrifically understaffed’

    ALABAMA – A judge ordered the Alabama Department of Corrections to increase prison staff in 2017 after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit saying prison conditions were unconstitutional. The prison has a looming deadline in 2022 to accomplish this goal. While ADOC says it’s making progress, the SPLC says the agency needs to do more. According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, as of September 2019, there were a total of 1,340 correctional, basic correctional and cubicle correctional […]

  • Decatur Utilities reports 15 sanitary sewer overflows due to last week’s heavy rains

    DECATUR, Ala – Decatur Utilities (DU) is reporting that 15 manholes had wastewater overflows due to last week’s heavy rain. WHNT News 19 does not know the total number of gallons that overflowed at this time. A review of the utility’s reports to ADEM shows an estimated 675,000 gallons in sewer water spills in December 2019. For all of 2019, the utility reported more than 6 million gallons of sanitary sewer overflows. City officials want people to know Decatur Utilities […]

  • Law enforcement officials explain most common type of pistol thefts in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – In 2019, investigators say stolen guns were used in five of the six shootings of officers who died in the line of duty. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Alabama ranks among the top states for firearm theft and losses. Alabama, California, Georgia, Florida and Texas are the top 5 states in the country when it comes to the number of thefts and losses of firearms in the US […]

  • Neighbors express concern about sewer overflows in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala – It’s a part of everyday life that generally goes unnoticed unless something goes wrong. Decatur Utilities has reported more than 6 million gallons of sewer overflows this year. And some residents are concerned. “It’s not healthy,” said Cesar Soto. What he’s talking about is this manhole down the street from his house that recently overflowed with sewer water during heavy rains. In February of this year, more than 1.6 million gallons of wastewater overflowed from that manhole […]

  • Staffing changes in Alabama state prisons

    ALABAMA – The Southern Poverty Law Center would like the number of correctional officers and beds for inmates who are mentally ill to increase in Alabama state prisons. The organization has been in negotiations with the Alabama Department of Corrections since 2017 when a judge ruled that ADOC’s treatment of mentally ill patients was unconstitutional. In December, both parties filed court documents showing the latest turn in the negotiations. In the latest filing to the court, ADOC laid out the […]

  • Justice Department expects movement on Alabama prison problems in 2020

    The State of Alabama and the United States Department of Corrections have been in negotiations since April. That was when the Department of Justice released a report detailing how conditions in Alabama prisons likely violate the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The first steps in a deal could emerge early next year. “The most important thing to me is that our prisons are reasonably safe here in the State of Alabama,” said Jay Town, U.S. Attorney […]

  • Study shows states with higher opioid prescription rates see fewer overdose deaths

    ALABAMA – As America confronts the opioid crisis, researchers are examining if there is a link between opioid prescription rates and drug overdose deaths. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  in 2017 Alabama had the highest opioid prescription rate in the country, with 107 per 100 people. According to the CDC, opioids account for more than half of all drug overdose deaths nationwide. But, despite having a high prescription rate, a recent study by Quote […]

  • Man charged with killing Huntsville officer evaded jail time, despite frequent brushes with law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The man charged in the shooting death of Huntsville Police Department officer Billy Clardy III,  is 41-year-old LaJeromeny Brown. Brown, who is currently in the Madison County Jail on a capital murder charge, has a long record of criminal charges, primarily in Hamilton County, Tennessee — the Chattanooga area — dating back more than two decades. In 1997 he pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree attempted murder, records show.  Since then he has pleaded guilty […]

  • Financial experts say it is harder for Alabamians to pay off holiday debt

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for creditors.  During the holiday season, people can spend a lot more money on their credit cards. But not all expenditures are created equal. Financial experts want to help make sure your charges stay on the nice list. While the man in the red suit has elves to make his gifts, we mere mortals hit the stores to put presents under the tree. “A lot of holiday debt goes on […]

  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will soon begin hiring process for manufacturing positions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – It seems like you can’t drive more than a couple of miles without running into construction in Huntsville. The largest project, the highly anticipated $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) plant, is well on its way to being complete. Concrete is being poured and pipes are being installed on the 2,400 acres MTM campus. But one thing you can’t see out here is how the company is getting ready for hiring, and that’s also a huge part […]

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