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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
  • Mississippi bus crash victims return home to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There were few smiles on the faces of passengers aboard a Teague bus that returned to a shopping plaza off University Drive in Huntsville on Thursday, but perhaps being home will be a comfort to them as they continue to recover. Teague’s bus brought 16 victims of Wednesday’s wreck in Mississippi, outside Memphis, from a hospital back home to the Tennessee Valley. Huntsville Police asked WHNT cameras to hang back, and we obliged, keeping a respectful distance […]

  • Mississippi bus crash victims starting to return to Alabama

    DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. –Ā  After a tragic bus crash in Mississippi, some victims are beginning to be released from the hospital. The bus was on its way from Huntsville to Tunica, Mississippi, to a casino. Someone who was on the bus told reporters that people from Huntsville were on board, along with others who were picked up in Decatur. Two Huntsville women,Ā Cynthia Hardin, 61, and Betty Russell, 70, died when a tour bus operated by Teague VIP Express overturned on […]

  • Huntsville teacher sees the full rainbow thanks to generous students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The musical director at Lee High School received a big surprise Friday. As the students worked on their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the theatre company learned that teacher, Tyler Henderson, can’t see colors. The students decided to raise money and ended up purchasing special glasses allowing the second-year teacher and Lee High alumnus to see in color for the first time. They took video of the experience and shared it on social media […]

  • Madison City Council passes resolution to support tax increase

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City Council met Tuesday evening and passed a resolution to support the proposed property tax increase that would provide much-needed revenue to Madison City Schools. School system leaders have long said they need additional revenue to build additional school buildings and keep up with the growing student population. The district recently passed its own resolution to push the measure to the city council, which unanimously approved it tonight. The district said it needs: $34 million […]

  • Tennessee Valley Marvel fans react to death of Stan Lee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Stan Lee was a legend, credited with building a universe that’s complex, inspiring, and larger than life. Fans across the world are saying goodbye. ā€œStan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created.Ā Ā A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.Ā Ā The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,ā€ said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt […]

  • Keeping Your Kids Safe: Area parents react to our Taking Action Special Reports

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to put safety products marketed to families, and to schools, to the test. We bought two products: theĀ BulletBlocker Clear backpackĀ which has a ballistic insert included, and theĀ Leatherback Gear Armored Panel, which is designed to fit into any backpack or act as reinforcement for other armored bags. We also put the same laminate thatĀ WHNT News 19 previously reportedĀ is on some glass in several unidentified schools within the Madison County Schools System, to […]

  • Keeping Your Kids Safe: testing window security glass laminates

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Leaders in local school districts say they take school safety seriously. Some are even exploring security laminates to put on glass windows, designed to create a barrier for someone who wishes to get inside and do harm. In Madison County Schools, WHNT News 19 previously reported that several unidentified schools have partnered with EverSafe Security SolutionsĀ to fortify certain lobbies to slow down anyone trying to break the glass and get in. “We want people to have […]

  • Keeping Your Kids Safe: Putting bulletproof backpacks to the test

    MADISON, Ala. – As school safety remains top of mind, WHNT News 19 is putting ballistic products marketed for children to the test. We bought two products: the BulletBlocker Clear backpack which has a ballistic insert included, and the Leatherback Gear Armored Panel, which is designed to fit into any backpack or act as reinforcement for other armored bags. Last month, a second-grader brought a loaded handgun to a Huntsville elementary school and it sparked community-wide conversations about safety. Many […]

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Your Kids Safe – Window Security airs Thursday at 10

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Leaders in local school districts say they take school safety seriously. Some are even exploring security laminates to put on glass windows, designed to create a barrier for someone who wishes to get inside and do harm. WHNT News 19 previously reported that several unidentified schools within the Madison County Schools System have partnered with EverSafe Security SolutionsĀ to fortify certain lobbies. Their hope: to slow down anyone trying to break the glass and get in. “We […]

  • ALGOP leaders celebrate victory, look ahead to 2020

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tuesday was a decisive win for many Republican candidates in the state of Alabama. ALGOP leaders see this as writing on the wall for the 2020 elections. Governor Kay Ivey (R) will serve a full term for the next four years. Early on Tuesday night, voters felt confident about her chances. Nicole Jones said, “She grew up on a farm, she’s been a teacher, a banker, in politics. She has an impressive track record and she works […]

  • Polling place hours not affected by weather on Tuesday, Nov. 6

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Many schools in North AlabamaĀ have delayed their operating hours due to the severe storm predictions early Tuesday morning. Some polling sites are located within school facilities. Alabama election officials are clearing up any potential confusion about hours for polling locations such as these. They confirmed the polling places will all open at 7 a.m. as planned. In a statement Monday night, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said hours and locations will go on as scheduled: All […]

  • How to apply to be on the Huntsville City Schools Safety Task Force

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The application window opens Friday for those interested in becoming members of the School Safety Task Force within the Huntsville City Schools system. District leaders said the system is looking for a diverse group to fill the task force, and a committee will do the selection. “We want parents from elementary, parents from middle, parents from high school, parents from magnet schools, parents of transfer students,” said Elisa Ferrell, board president. “So we want people from all […]