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
  • Special Needs Rodeo held in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office recently held its 17th Annual Special Needs Rodeo. Over 500 children and adults with special needs attended the event. Participants were able to go horseback riding, enjoy karaoke, and this year the sheriff’s office rolled out a new attraction, a mechanical bull. “It’s one of our favorite events of rodeo week and really of the whole year, because it gives us a unique opportunity to not only showcase these kids but […]

  • Judge rules not to dismiss Bellefonte lawsuit

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A judge has ruled not to dismiss a lawsuit over the failed sale of the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Hollywood, Alabama. The Tennesee Valley Authority and Nuclear development appeared in federal court Monday. TVA¬†asked the court to throw the case out. The legal battle over Bellefonte continues. “Unfortunately, the judge did not decide in our favor and we respect that,” said Scott Fiedler, TVA spokesperson. TVA attorneys asked a judge Monday to dismiss the lawsuit because […]

  • Athens businesses want time limits for parking spots on the square

    ATHENS, Ala. – Downtown Athens has been in transition since last summer when crews began working on a project to improve walkability and increase safety for pedestrians. Even though construction is complete, the square is experiencing some bumps in the road when it comes to parking. In many areas of downtown, there are time limits for street parking, but people can park as long as they want at storefronts on all four sides of the courthouse. “It’s kind of been […]

  • New development coming to the base of Chapman Mountain

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A new development is coming to the base of Chapman Mountain. Officials from the City of Huntsville say Trailhead Huntsville is a lot like other mixed-use developments since it offers to house, dining and shopping. But there is something about the development that makes it a little different than the rest. Off of Highway 72 and Moores Mill Road, a 25-acre community is in the process of being built. According to the legacy website, it will offer […]

  • WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A special celebration was held in Huntsville Tuesday for a WWII veteran who turned 100 years old. Robert Walker was honored at a party at the Lloyd E. Tut Fann veterans home. Walker served in the army under famous WWII general, George Patton. Walker was joined by his son, Jimmy, who says his dad is not only a hero but also an amazing father. He says he feels fortunate to celebrate this amazing life moment with his […]

  • Small congregation prays Cecil Ashburn construction continues to stay on schedule

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Cecil Ashburn construction project is moving right on schedule according to a spokesperson for the City of Huntsville. That’s good news for thousands of drivers who took that road every day, but they’re not the only ones who to see it back open ASAP. A small church is praying crews don’t pump the brakes on the project. It’s been a long four months for The Southeast Church of the Nazarene. The small Jones Valley church has […]

  • Korean War veteran receives free home renovation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – How would you like to have a $25,000 home renovation that doesn’t cost you a dime? That’s exactly what’s happening for an 88-year-old Korean War veteran who lives in Huntsville. Lorenzo Covington was identified by the Huntsville based organization, Bearded Warriors. The nonprofit teamed up with Home Depot as part of the retailor’s biannual program to help veterans with home repairs. 120 volunteers total worked for two days on landscaping, painting, and installing flood mitigation. Covington uses […]

  • New homeowners say Governors Drive traffic worse than they expected

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A family on Governors Drive says they’re fear stricken when they enter and exit their driveway and they just moved into the house three weeks ago. Cecil Ashburn closed to through traffic in January. That means thousands of drivers are taking alternate routes, and one of those is Governors Drive. The family says they knew there could be heavy traffic, but they had no idea what was in store for them. A young family says they’re afraid […]

  • District officials want to improve turf at Milton Frank Stadium

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Schools district is looking into replacing the turf at Milton Frank Stadium. The district’s athletic director says replacing the turf is a matter of safety. Granules are displaced and there are several portions of turf that are beginning to come up. The turf was installed in 2006. “Our original turf had an 8 to 10-year lifespan on it. So, we’ve gotten out money out of that turf. It’s been very good. Again we’re starting […]

  • Huntsville city council tasked with replacing school board member

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The city of Huntsville is navigating some unfamiliar territory. At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Pam Hill, who serves as the representative from District Five, announced her resignation. And that means someone will have to fulfill the remaining 15 months of her term. The Huntsville City Council is tasked with the job of appointing someone to serve the remainder of Hill’s term. It has been more than a decade since a school board member resigned and that […]

  • Court documents reveal new details in case against teacher accused of having sex with student

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – We are learning more about the charges surrounding the case involving a former Madison County High School teacher. Lyndsey Bates was arrested for having sex with one student and sexting another. Prosecutors say the two student victims are between the ages of 16 and 19. Bates faces charges that include a school employee distributing obscene material to a student, a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 and […]

  • Alabama school survey shows vaccination rates can vary in each county

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala – There is one confirmed case of measles in Alabama, but 764 cases nationwide. That’s the highest it’s been in nearly two decades. The Department of Public Health has procedures in place in case a student at public schools comes down with the virus. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles, but for people who are not vaccinated, the disease is extremely contagious. The state is investigating 30 potential measles cases in […]

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