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
  • Madison County Health Department offering free flu shots

    MADISON, Ala – Last year was the most deadly flu season since the 1970’s. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80,000 Americans died from influenza or flu-related illnesses. Officials with the Madison County Health Department want to help fight the flu. They are holding flu clinics to offer free vaccines. One of those clinics was held at Madison City Hall on Tuesday. “I didn’t want to get the flu,” Madison resident Claire Cook said. All they have to do […]

  • Panama City native collecting donations for Hurricane Michael victims

    MADISON, Ala. — People are still trying to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael which made landfall October 10.  The confirmed number of lives lost stands at 17. Thousands of people are still without power, and entire communities have been destroyed. A Tennessee Valley woman has been glued to the news looking for updates about Panama City. It’s an area she knows well and feels helpless, but she won’t be feeling that way much longer. “It’s been tough,” Kriss […]

  • Counterfeit currency circulates through Decatur stores

    DECATUR, Ala – Police have found ‘funny money’ in the Tennessee Valley, and it’s no laughing matter. More than $500 worth of counterfeit $20 bills have been turned in to the Decatur Police Department. The clerks at Lucky’s Supermarket say they’re not surprised to hear about counterfeit cash circulating through the community. “No, no, I’m not surprised at all,” Night Manager Brittany Russell said. That’s because they’ve seen their fair share of the fake money. “We’ve had a lot of […]

  • Students surprise retiring band director with a performance

    ATHENS, Ala – The Clements High School band director got a big surprise Friday night that is going to help him end his career on a high note. Director Gary Russell is retiring this year. As the marching band took the field, dozens of past students joined to give him an honorary send-off. It takes a lot of work to be a teacher and these students say Russell’s passion and sense of humor make him one of the very best. “I […]

  • Department of Public Health teams mobilizing for Hurricane Michael

    NORTH ALABAMA — Hurricane Michael is poised to slam Florida’s panhandle Wednesday. So far, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have issued a state of emergency, and thousands are under evacuation orders. In some areas, like Panama City Beach, officials are warning people to get out while there’s still time. Thousands of national guardsmen have been activated and hundreds of Florida state troopers are headed to threatened areas. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging residents to take this storm seriously. Crews with […]

  • Athens family cuts Florida vacation short, obeys Bay County evacuation orders

    ATHENS, Ala. – Hurricane Michael began the day as a tropical storm it was later upgraded and it appears it is gaining strength as it prepares to hit the Gulf Coast. It is is a popular destination for many people from the Tennessee Valley and many area residents are rearranging their travel plans instead of weathering the storm. Larger than average waves are already beginning to roll into the Panama City coast. “They’re definitely bigger than I’ve seen at Panama […]

  • County officials work to increase safety along dangerous curve

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Road work is going to delay traffic at the intersection of Maysville Road and Cooper Drive in Madison County Monday morning. Crews will apply a high-friction surface treatment to the curve there. Leaders say it is an area notorious for crashes when it rains. “The gentleman came around the curve, and he just kept going and he didn’t stop until he hit our fence and our shed in the backyard. He even knocked our shed off […]

  • Governors race heats up as voters prepare to head to the polls

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — One month from Saturday, Alabamians will head to the polls to cast their vote in the general election, while the race for governor is heating up. People may have not seen much from Walt Maddox on their TV screens, well that changed Saturday. His campaign rolled out his very first TV ad. “As your governor, I`ll make you two promises: I will never put my party ahead of the people, and I will never lie to you,” […]

  • Alabama congressional delegation weighs-in leading up to final Kavanaugh vote

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Members of the U.S. Senate have weighed in and voted 51 to 49 to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to a final vote over the weekend. While Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted no during the procedural vote, Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) spoke Friday on the Senate floor and said that she will vote in favor of Kavanaugh. Shortly after, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia) tweeted that he too would support the nomination. […]

  • Authorities identify pedestrian killed after being struck by two vehicles on Memorial Parkway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A pedestrian died Monday night after being struck by two vehicles, according to Huntsville Police. Authorities have identified the man as Yonidier Jarquin-Zurita, 19. Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police said Jarquin-Zurita was hit by the first vehicle in the northbound lanes of Memorial Parkway as he attempted to cross in front of Arby’s south of Governors Drive. Police said because Jarquin-Zurita had no ID, they had to work with federal agencies to identify him. Authorities say […]

  • UNA adds third ceremony to fall graduation

    FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama announced Monday tickets will not be required for their fall commencement ceremonies. The university cited multiple reasons for the change, including, feedback from student and family members on the former plan to issues tickets for admission. “We will not be implementing a ticketing policy,” Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Ross Alexander said. Those words became music to students’ ears. “We are so thankful and grateful,” former student Katie Raines said. “I am […]

  • Fraud summit held in Huntsville, officials warn against caller ID ‘spoofing’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama ranks 8th in the nation for reported fraud cases according to 2017 data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The most commonly reported fraud claims in 2017 were IRS fraud, imposter scams and identity theft. Redstone Federal Credit Union partnered with the Better Business Bureau to hold a fraud summit to educate people about risks they face everyday. The phone rings, but who is on the other end of the line? An FBI special agent says […]