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
  • Huntsville parties like it’s 1969 to celebrate lunar landing anniversary

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Friday, Huntsville hosted a big party on the courthouse square and eventually, through the rest of downtown, to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the lunar landing. Wernher von Braun once asked Huntsville not to hang up their dancing shoes: “My friends, there was dancing here in the streets of Huntsville when our first satellite orbited the earth. There was dancing again when the first Americans landed on the moon. I would like to ask you, don’t hang […]

  • Retired Huntsville NASA engineer recalls his role briefing Apollo astronauts on the Saturn V

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City is home to not only today’s aerospace engineers and technicians, but many who retired from NASA to keep their homes in the Tennessee Valley. WHNT News 19 talked with Frank Swalley of Huntsville, who worked for NASA for 40 years and played a key role in making the Saturn V and its astronauts ready for flight. Swalley retired in 1999, having earned NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and a Silver Snoopy Award for his work […]

  • Brett Favre keynotes the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama Leaders and Legends Dinner

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Pro football hall-of-famer Brett Favre put the “legend” in the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama¬† Leaders and Legends Dinner Thursday night. The Boys and Girls Clubs are close to the former Green Bay Packer’s heart. He supported them in Wisconsin and he played at Southern Miss with the local organization’s leader, Pat Wynn. Favre said his heart for the cause began during his childhood, growing up in Mississippi and observing his mom, who was a […]

  • Buzz Aldrin visits Huntsville with criticism of current progress, as space industry advocates plan for the future

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Buzz Aldrin has been back on Earth for decades now, but he’s widely known as an advocate for human space exploration. “My greatest good fortune was to join Neil and Mike on the Saturn V that day,” he recalled. “Now, I look forward to America’s leading role in a next-step alliance.” Aldrin was the keynote speaker at the Aerospace States Association awards dinner in Huntsville, which coincided with the city’s Apollo 50th Celebration. He said 50 years […]

  • Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration dinner goes on after power outage pauses event

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Space and Rocket Center continued its week-long celebration of the Apollo 11 mission, the Apollo program, and Huntsville’s effort to get man to the moon Tuesday. Shortly after the program began at 7 p.m., an isolated power outage occurred. Power was partially restored for a brief time while the band entertained the guests, but then went out a second time. It was restored and the program resumed before 8:15 p.m. It appears the power just […]

  • Crowds flock to Huntsville for Apollo 50th events

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This is an important week not only remembering Huntsville history but creating it too, as the area celebrates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and the victory of Apollo 11. Charles Winters,¬†Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President, summarized it like this: “We are going to be busy, but it’s a great, high energy business.” A variety of events have already taken place, and others are yet to launch this week: a world record […]

  • Calhoun Community College starting its Instant Admission Days

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Both Huntsville and Decatur campuses of Calhoun Community College will host a series of events over the summer designed to make the admission process more streamlined and easy for potential students. Instant Admission Days are an effort to boost fall enrollment, which can help students get back to school or enter college after completing high school or their G.E.D. The dates are as follows: Tuesdays: July 16, July 23, August 6 and August 13, from 1:00 p.m. […]

  • Authorities locate missing Tennessee children

    UPDATE: Authorities have located Analia Essex, Abigail Nicole Christian, and Michale Darrel Christian. MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert on Tuesday evening for Analia Essex, Abigail Christian, and Michale Christian. The TBI described Analia Essex, 6, as 4’0 tall, weighing 50 lbs. with brown hair, brown eyes. Abigail Nicole Christian, 2, is described as blonde with blue eyes, 3’0 tall, weighing 35 lbs. Michale Darrel Christian, 1, has brown hair and blue […]

  • How you can protect your data and devices while traveling this summer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Experts with the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama say it’s important to protect your devices and data, especially while you’re traveling. They offered us some advice about how you can make sure your identity stays in your own hands. Julia Cherry, BBB of North Alabama’s Director of Communication, said, “We basically live on our phones, all of our information is on our phones. So if somebody takes your phone or your tablet or any other technology […]

  • Huntsville City Schools temporary staffing company making progress on hiring

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools is working with a new temporary staffing company, Spur, to fill hundreds of jobs over the summer and before the school year starts. The jobs range from custodians to aides. It’s a departure from the controversial staffing company they previously used called PESG. Spur will staff 658 positions within Huntsville City Schools. At today’s Board of Education meeting, the district provided an update on how the staffing is going. They said Spur is holding […]

  • Changes coming to Madison’s Dublin Park to keep children safer

    MADISON, Ala. – Safety updates are soon coming to Dublin Park in Madison, and leaders said Monday those updates will keep children safer as they go to the soccer fields on game days and for practices. Kory Alfred, Madison Parks and Recreation Director, said often the main road that goes through Dublin Park, past the soccer fields, can become a dangerous situation. “To access fields 2, 3, and 4 out here at Dublin, you have to walk on the road […]

  • Man takes matters into his own hands after LGBT Pride flag goes missing in Five Points

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Lane Clemons, who lives in Huntsville’s Five Points, said someone stole his LGBT Pride flag off of his porch this week. He wants everyone to know that regardless, love will prevail. Clemons said it happened sometime the evening of July 1. “I came home from the gym and it was just gone,” he explained. “Looked around forever outside and didn’t find it, so figured someone stole it.” He said that flag was special to him because of […]

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