Kristen joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2014 as a reporter/multimedia journalist. She was promoted to anchor/reporter in March 2018.

In April 2017 she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her work with a team of two other reporters on a 30-minute documentary entitled, “A Rescue Mission.”

A Seaford, Delaware native, Kristen previously worked for WVVA News in Bluefield, West Virginia where she covered Southern WV and Southwestern VA. In that time she earned an AP award for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter. She started as the Greenbrier County Bureau Chief in July 2012 serving the Greenbrier Valley.

In May 2012, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Before that, she was Valedictorian of the Sussex Technical High School Class of 2008 in Delaware.

Kristen is passionate about the craft of journalism and excited to continue building relationships and finding stories in North Alabama. You will likely find her exploring the area, specifically the great restaurants and trails. She loves a good shoe sale and appreciates a friendly smile.

If you see her out and about, feel free to say hi! She looks forward to taking action and getting results for you as a part of the Tennessee Valley’s News Leader.

Have a news tip? Email her at kristen.conner@whnt.com!


Recent Articles
  • Child dies in Jackson County ATV wreck

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies in Jackson County say a 12-year-old is dead after an All Terrain Vehicle wreck this weekend. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said authorities were called sometime Saturday morning. They learned a family was visiting a cabin when one of the family members found the child, whose name is not being released, wrecked on the ATV he had been riding. Harnen said it happened near Hollytree near Alabama Highway 65 around County Road […]

  • Legislation aims to protect financial freedoms for armed service members

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill headed to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk is aimed at protecting financial freedom for the youngest members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In Alabama, you have to be nineteen to open your own checking or savings account, or borrow money without another adult co-signing it. But Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) says he sought change when he heard about a problem that causes for some young military members. “There have been instances where soldiers have gone off, […]

  • Demonstration planned in Huntsville against controversial new abortion law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A group of women are planning a demonstration on the grounds of Campus 805 in Huntsville on Sunday to protest the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. It is called My Body, My Choice. They say it is planned in solidarity with a Montgomery event, the March For Reproductive Freedom. Details on the Huntsville demonstration are still scarce because the co-organizers are still working it out. “This literally came together at midnight last night,” said Kristine Mears, one […]

  • Alabama ACLU preparing to file lawsuit over new Alabama abortion law

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act into law Wednesday, with the understanding that the backlash would be swift. Even before the near-total abortion ban became law, the Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said it would file suit over the issue in an effort to keep the law from taking effect. “We are prepared for it. We have a legal team put together already. A complaint is being drafted and we […]

  • Pam Hill has no tears after last board meeting in Huntsville City Schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After her resignation last week, surprising to many within the Huntsville education circle, Pam Hill wrapped her last board meeting on Tuesday as an elected official on the Board of Education. Citing painful illness, a distaste for political drama that followed her, and the desire for more family time, Hill is ending her term that would have lasted into the fall of 2020, early. “I had every intent to my four years out,” she said. “But health […]

  • City of Madison adopts new animal tethering ordinance

    MADISON, Ala. – The City of Madison has a new animal tethering ordinance in place. It ensures that you can not restrain pets with a leash or tether unless you are outside watching them. Mayor Paul Finley said this is not a big problem that is something the city is trying to immediately correct. Instead, they want to make sure there are laws on the books to get the animals some help from animal control officers with the Madison Police […]

  • Madison City Council sets date for special election on property tax increase

    MADISON, Ala. – At Monday’s meeting, the Madison City Council approved an ordinance to call, and set a date, for a special election in the city regarding ad valorem taxes. The date will be the second Tuesday in September, September 10, 2019. The city will immediately begin making arrangements for it. Passed unanimously both in madison and Triana where a similar measure was also considered. @whnt — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) May 14, 2019 The city school system wants to […]

  • Guns confiscated, 29 indicted in violent crime crackdown

    Federal authorities say they’ve charged 29 people as part of an effort to crack down on violent crime in North Alabama. The Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced during a news conference Thursday they had made the arrests working in conjunction with authorities in Madison, Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson counties. Agents say they recovered unregistered machine guns like a belt-fed .50 caliber machine gun, smoke grenades, a converted AK-47 machine gun, and other firearms, […]

  • Huntsville City Schools introduces new district app

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools has an app available for download on Apple and Android devices. It is called HCS Connect. District webmaster, Kevin Redmond, said the idea is to keep parents and staff informed about what’s going on in the district. “People may not have time to stop at a computer and pull up a website or look up information. And go to three or four different school websites,” he said. The app is designed to help. Through […]

  • Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill to resign

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill announced her resignation on Tuesday at a board meeting. She said she has been sick, and disclosed she has a disease that causes pain. She stated that being a board member was a dream job, and she feels she was born to be passionate about Huntsville City Schools. “People either love me or hate me. I’m good with that,” she said. “Something happens when you think you are near death. […]

  • Huntsville City School board votes to split P-8 schools

    BREAKING: P-8 split approved unanimously 5-0 @whnt — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) May 7, 2019 HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday for a special sessionĀ  where the board voted unanimously to approve a plan to split its Pre-K through 8th grade combined schools into two. The superintendent recommended approval of the plan, which revisits the P-8 model the district sees at several schools including Whitesburg, Mountain Gap, Morris, and Chapman schools. The split only affects […]

  • Deadline extended for college readiness program in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The deadline to apply for the CAP and GOWN Project’s STEM Summer Institute has been extended to 11:59 p.m. May 10. That’s almost two weeks from the original deadline of April 29. Organizers came to WHNT News 19, asking us to help them get the word out. They said they don’t want any students to miss out on the opportunity to participate, and they worry some students may not realize they are eligible. The STEM Summer Institute […]

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