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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
  • Madison City Council moving ahead with smart growth

    MADISON, Ala. – After more than a year of holding off on rezoning large sections of land, the city of Madison is taking its first steps forward in welcoming new subdivisions. Monday, the council considered two rezoning proposals from Enfinger Development that would make way for subdivisions with a combined 243 lots.  Ultimately, the council pushed the decision to its next meeting at the end of January. Council members wanted to wait on development plans to be submitted before they […]

  • Huntsville City Schools addresses Alabama State Report Card scores

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A plan is in motion to improve after recent Alabama State Report Card scores, Huntsville City Schools leaders said Thursday. Four schools in the district received failing grades and four earned A grades. You can view the state report card results for the district, and read our report about them, by clicking this link. School leaders, in a presentation to the board of education Thursday, said the district showed overall improvement with room for more growth. ” […]

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center not affected by partial government shutdown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Space and Rocket Center may be a Smithsonian affiliate museum and the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, but it remains open during its normal hours during the government shutdown affecting the nation. “The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is wide open. We are open seven days a week, normal hours,” said Pat Ammons, USSRC Director of Communications. Because of the center’s name and ties to federal institutions and agencies, many tourists […]

  • National Championship gear arrives at local Academy Sports + Outdoors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Check it out, Bama fans!  Boxes filled with Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship products arrived at Academy Sports and Outdoors stores on Sunday. Academy said if Alabama wins Monday night’s game, all Academy stores in Alabama will reopen and begin selling National Championship shirts, hats, and many other items for the whole family. They’ll have the official locker room shirts and hats that the Crimson Tide players will actually be wearing on the field after the game. […]

  • Cecil Ashburn Drive Closure – What you need to know

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Monday, Cecil Ashburn Drive closes for construction. Officials said Cecil Ashburn Drive is currently handling 17,000 trips per day and they say it has reached its maximum capacity. The road will be widened, a project that has been in the works since 2014.  Leaders identified it as part of “Restore Our Roads” and the full project will take 18 months. The complete road closure is only expected to last for 10 months of that time. What’s Happening? […]

  • Former Rainsville Police officer charged with theft of property after state-led investigation

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Thursday, state authorities arrested and charged a former Rainsville Police officer with theft of property. Rainsville Police Chief Kevin Smith told WHNT News 19 that he contacted the State Bureau of Investigation after a complaint was made against John Casey Jones on October 29, 2018. We have learned Jones was a patrolman with the Rainsville Police Department at the time. “After a review of the complaint, I immediately contacted the State Bureau of Investigation and requested […]

  • Former Huntsville school superintendent approved as an assistant secretary of the Army

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Former Huntsville City Schools Superintendent, Casey Wardynski, is now approved as an Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In June, President Donald Trump announced his nomination for the role. The outgoing Senate confirmed him on Jan. 2, the final day of the 115th Congress, according to the Congress website. Wardynski gave this statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee last August. He said, “If confirmed, I will bring to my duties, a heart for […]

  • Downtown Huntsville New Year’s Eve events postponed to Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Museum of Art’s New Year’s Eve events downtown at Skating in the Park are postponed due to upcoming inclement weather. This year, the area around the museum is set to host two different simulated ball drops on ice. One for kids, and one for adults. Now both have been rescheduled. Officials said they postponed both events until Saturday, January 5.  They said the Lil’ Ball Drop will be at 7 p.m. and the Glow Party will […]

  • Rescue crews say river waters are fast and dangerous right now

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – First responders said Wednesday that high water, and also fast waters, are a concern right now as the Tennessee Valley recovers from recent flooding with more rain on the way. The Tennessee River came up over ramps and up to roads at Ditto Landing, said Chad Tillman, Deputy Director of the Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad. There was even a water rescue last weekend. “We’re really concerned about how high the water has gotten,” he confessed, “but currently […]

  • Major Madison road projects to begin in 2019

    MADISON, Ala. – Mayor Paul Finley said Madison will be under construction in the new year. Not only are major developments coming to town, but crews will begin major road projects in 2019. “People will start seeing traffic cones and flashing lights in 2019,” Finley told WHNT News 19. The city will start work on multiple capital projects, including a Hughes Road expansion, Sullivan Street expansion, and multi-use path down Wall Triana Highway. Widening projects Two different road projects will […]

  • Law enforcement around the world hilariously mourn doughnuts lost during fire

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison Police Department is getting in on a now-international law enforcement fascination with a pastry incident in Lexington, Kentucky. It all started with a fun tweet from the Lexington Police Department about a Krispy Kreme truck that caught fire. No words. 😭 pic.twitter.com/eRzvxztVlG — Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) December 31, 2018 The police department wrote on social media, “no words,” with a crying emoji as officers mourned the loss of the doughnuts during the fire. The driver […]

  • Newborns in Madison to get Trash Panda onesies in the new year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Talk about being a fan since birth! Newborns out of Madison Hospital will receive Rocket City Trash Panda onesies in the new year. Monday, the owners of Madison’s incoming minor league team visited Madison Hospital’s maternity ward to gift 25 newborn-size onesies. The plan is for the staff to hand the onesies out to babies born in the new year. “We’ll have Trash Panda fans for life!” joked Ralph Nelson. “But really, it was just a way […]