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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
  • 15-year-old charged with capital murder in Limestone County double homicide investigation

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A 15-year-old girl has been charged with two counts of capital murder in Limestone County. Investigators say a 19-year-old girl and her mother were stabbed to death by the 15-year-old, who is a family member, early Wednesday morning in the Lester community. The teen was hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds. Because the suspect is a juvenile, no further information will be released at this time. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims Wednesday afternoon as […]

  • Huntsville City Schools to host School Safety Engagement Forums, launches safety task force

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday, district leaders said Huntsville City Schools will host a series of school safety engagement forums in response to a recent gun incident at an elementary school. A second-grade student was accidentally shot in the hand on Monday when the child brought a gun to Blossomwood Elementary School. “Lock them up,” Superintendent Christie Finley said of firearms on Thursday. “This situation could have been avoided. I am very upset about it.” The Forums The forums will be […]

  • Madison City Council hires contractor for stadium project

    MADISON, Ala. – At a special called meeting, the Madison City Council awarded a bid for ballpark and multi-use venue construction to Hoar Construction out of Birmingham. This means that the council has hired a contractor and knows how much the initial price tag is to build it: $38,771,941.00. “We are just tickled to death with the way it came out,” said Tommy Overcash, Madison City Council President, of the bid process. He said they were “ecstatic” about the winning bid. […]

  • Are you getting text messages saying someone has complimented you?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Have you been receiving text messages that inform you someone has complimented you? Some of us at WHNT News 19 have been too, so we wanted to find out who or what is behind the messages and how you can keep them from coming to your Messages box. The messages typically say a similar thing: “Someone has complimented you!” or “You’ve been sent a compliment!” Then, the message links to an app in the App Store or […]

  • Pisgah active shooter post ‘absolutely false,’ sheriff says

    PISGAH, Ala. – A threat prompted an increased law enforcement presence at Pisgah High School Monday morning, and an additional rumor on Facebook caused concern for parents. Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips says they got information that a ninth grade Pisgah High School student sent a picture to another student on social media. “Of a pistol or a firearm and on that same photograph he said ‘do not come to school tomorrow,'” Phillips said, “We were able to identify who […]

  • BLOG: Huntsville City School Board votes to pass budget

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City School Board approved its 2019 budget with a 4-1 vote Thursday. Board member Pam Hill was the lone dissenting vote. The budget is one that leaders say is a positive step in the right direction. It’s not a deficit budget, but there are still millions left to make up the required month’s operating reserve the district needs to have in place. You can read more about it in our previous coverage. “The budget will […]

  • Board approves Huntsville City Schools Superintendent’s contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a contract for its new superintendent, Christie Finley. Finley served as interim superintendent until the board chose her, without conducting any interviews with other candidates, as the new superintendent last month. She has been operating without a new contract since then. Thursday, board president Elisa Ferrell announced that Finley opted to take a “lateral” salary move and not seek an increase with her new title. Instead, she will […]

  • Hurricane Florence evacuees visit the Tennessee Valley

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – As families flee the incoming Hurricane Florence, some are making their way West to the Tennessee Valley. Alora and Jordan Whitehead drove into Scottsboro overnight Wednesday, along with their dog, Saban. They are staying at Alora’s parents’ house. “I’m active duty in the United States Marine Corps, and my wife goes to school in Wilmington,” Jordan said. “We already knew, as soon as we were allowed to evacuate, we would come straight home.” “It was really nice,” […]

  • AAMU students, alumni react to news of NCAA penalties

    NORMAL, Ala. — Students, alumni, and Bulldogs fans are digesting the latest news that the NCAA, in a new report, is imposing a series of penalties on Alabama A&M University for errors in certifying 101 student-athletes in 14 sports. The Report The report states that AAMU student-athletes competed, and received travel expenses, while ineligible for practice and/or competition. It said AAMU “employed inexperienced staff to conduct certification and did not adequately train or educate them.” It added that this, and […]

  • BallCorps to start selling Trash Pandas merchandise in Huntsville and later, Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – The newly-named Rocket City Trash Pandas are preparing for a 2020 season at the soon-to-be-built stadium in Town Madison. Meanwhile, the ball club is developing logos and getting ready to start selling merchandise. “We just finalized the logos today and sent them back to the artists. We’ve probably gone 6 or 7 rounds with the logos,” BallCorps Managing Partner, Ralph Nelson, said Monday. “Now, we know what they are going to look like.” While there are still […]

  • We met a “trash panda” at Shamballa Wildlife Rescue

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – At Shamballa Wildlife Rescue, John and April Russ work in connection with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to rehabilitate animals no one else in North Alabama is licensed to help. They’re one of just a few permitted wildlife rehabbers. But they’re the only ones in the area that will help rabies vector species, like raccoons. “We usually take on orphans. The mothers have been killed on the road, or shot, or relocated,” April […]

  • Rocket City Trash Pandas chosen as new Madison baseball team’s name

    MADISON, Ala. — After three months of ideas, voting and speculation, it has been decided: Madison’s Minor League Baseball team will be known as the Rocket City Trash Pandas. BallCorps Inc., the owner of the Southern League franchise that will be located in Madison, made the announcement Wednesday night at a reveal party at Rocket Republic Brewing. Matthew Higley of Lacey’s Spring made the team name suggestion and gets two box seats for the first five years of play. He […]