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

Recent Articles
  • Investigators explain best ways to install security cameras to catch criminals

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – How much should business owners be willing to spend on surveillance cameras? Officials from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office say they’re priceless. But a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. The video taken from a Huntsville gas station robbery this week has gone viral. It shows just how powerful video can be. “Without surveillance camera footage for any kind of burglary of a business or a residence that really limits investigators options,” said  Stephen […]

  • Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade apologizes after bystander yells at young participant, calling him “terrorist”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade apologizes after finding out a bystander yelled at a young boy, calling his organization’s members “terrorists.” The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Huntsville was disrupted Saturday when a man came out of the crowd and began yelling at a child participating in the event. The child was holding the flag for Father Trey Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  The Catholic group released a statement on Facebook saying the man […]

  • Pop-Up library unveiled at Hays Nature Preserve

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There’s a new feature at the Hays Nature Preserve in Huntsville that will promote literacy while children play on the playground. Mayor Tommy Battle was joined by several kids who helped him unveil a pop-up library. Kids can take a book from the library and also leave a book for other children to read. “It’s so important while they’re out here to also be talking to them about reading books and enjoying nature at the same time,” […]

  • A warning for homeowners after severe weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People across Alabama are rebuilding or repairing their homes after they were destroyed in tornadoes or flood waters. As unbelievable as it might seem, there are people who specialize in taking advantage of these situations. Friday, Attorney General Steve Marshall traveled to Lee County to provide a warning to tornado survivors. He wants to ensure they aren’t put through a financial crisis by scammers posing as contractors. Rising flood waters and deadly tornadoes have left hundreds of […]

  • Huntsville spending more money than ever on repaving roads

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The City of Huntsville is shelling out more money than ever to repave roads. According to a spokesperson for the city, last year the city spent $12 million on repaving. This year they have spent $7 million. Heavy rains and severe weather have created a lot of work for public works crews, but they’re working to get it fixed. Regardless, people are noticing bumps in the road. “It’s bad. I mean, if you don’t look for it, […]

  • What does the gas tax increase mean for your wallet?

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – A state gas tax increase got the green light from Governor Kay Ivey this week. This means people will eventually pay 10 cents more per gallon. The tax will be increased in increments over the next three years. “I think that’s bad,” said Terrence Russell, a resident of Huntsville. Many people at the pump aren’t excited to hear they will be paying more. “I think it should stay where it is. We already have enough, you […]

  • Owens Cross Roads home vandalized with hate symbol

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A hate symbol and a strange word was spray painted on a home in Owens Cross Roads. The people who live there say it was on their home for a week before they discovered it. At the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet Owens Crossroads community, one family is asking the question, why? “Why would they do that to us and why that symbol,” Melanie Steudlein said. She took to social media to express her concern. […]

  • Man posing as Home Depot employee scams man out of $4,500

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A man is out $4,500 after he was scammed by a person he thought was an employee at a Home Depot in Huntsville. Police released this picture of who they believe is the suspect. The victim was told by a friend that the store was having a “truckload sale.” That friend gave the victim a number to call to get more information. Police believe that number put the victim in touch with the suspect. Above is a […]

  • Redstone Arsenal prepares for full-scale emergency exercise

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A large-scale exercise is happening at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Tuesday. Team Redstone personnel will conduct the biannual Installation Full-Scale Exercise. When arsenal employees drive through the gates in the morning they will be reminded that the installation’s full-scale emergency exercise is happening. “Guards will let everyone know as they come through the gates in the morning to be expecting the full-scale exercise,” said Julie Frederick, public affairs director for the US Army Redstone Garrison. There will […]

  • Officials now calling Sunday’s storm a ‘tornado outbreak’

    BEAUREGARD, Ala. – Officials with the National Weather Service are now calling Sunday’s storm a ‘tornado outbreak’. Birmingham meteorologist-in-charge, Chris Darden, says he believes 30 tornadoes touched down total on Sunday. Twelve of those were in Alabama and four tornadoes touched down in Lee County. One of them was an EF-4.  The last time an EF-4 hit the county was March 20, 1875. This storm was the deadliest March tornado in Alabama since March 21, 1932. Senator Doug Jones Visits […]

  • Tornado victims were trapped outdoors with 18-month-old baby

    BEAUREGARD, Ala – It’s a story of survival. Four tornadoes touched down in Lee County. Along what’s being referred to as the Beauregard Track, winds were blowing at 170 miles per hour. It was enough to destroy buildings and rip trees from the ground. Imagine being stuck outside in that storm. That’s exactly what happened to a mother, her 18-month-old baby, and her mother-in-law. “The wind was whipping our truck side to side,” Aimee Thrower said. Tuesday, the Thrower family […]

  • Witness says toxic fumes not involved in death of dozens of birds

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – On Wednesday morning, a viewer alerted WHNT News 19 about a scene that looked like it was straight out of a movie. More than 60 dead European Starlings were scattered across a small portion of Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. It appeared that they all died at the same time. An aviary expert at Auburn University said he suspected the birds could have been exposed to poisonous fumes. Many people took to social media expressing concerns about […]

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