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
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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An Alabama Senate committee has approved a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama. They are known as the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh’s bill passed the education policy committee Wednesday and will go to the Senate floor for debate. The bill would eliminate Common Core standards at the end of this school year. “After 10 years, the state of Alabama is 49th in math and 46th in […]

  • NWS offers severe weather workshops for deaf and hard of hearing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Meteorologists are working to remember people who are deaf and hard of hearing as they work to put out life-saving messages, including severe weather alerts, to the community. Jennifer Saari, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Huntsville, said it was at a weather radio programming event that someone first spoke to her about the need to better serve the deaf and hard of hearing. “I really saw their need for more information and how to […]

  • New boutique hotel by Marriott coming to downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new hotel is coming to Huntsville across from the Von Braun Center on Monroe Street. The Huntsville City Council approved a development agreement with a unanimous vote to bring in an Autograph Collection boutique hotel by Marriott. The Huntsville City Council took the vote after a lengthy discussion that included possibly postponing it to another time. Marriott’s website says this collection of hotels maintains a sense of place with thoughtful design and visionary detail. The hotel, […]

  • WHNT takes a hard hat tour of stadium where Trash Pandas will play in 2020

    MADISON, Ala. – The Rocket City Trash Pandas will play an April 2020 season in Madison. A sign above the site at Town Madison where the City of Madison-funded stadium is being built says that’s in 399 days. Meanwhile, construction is underway. Hoar Construction and Turner Universal are on site making sure it gets done on time and on schedule. Mike Price, General Superintendent, took us around with Ralph Nelson, BallCorps managing partner, to talk about the current site. Crews […]

  • How president’s budget proposal would affect Marshall Space Flight Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Monday, President Donald Trump announced his budget proposal. His request funds NASA $21 billion, but cuts the NASA budget by $500 million. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center said no matter what happens as Congress takes up the budget process, their priorities, including the new Space Launch System rocket, will remain. NASA’s budget overall is a sizable one. The White House’s budget document shows the president’s proposal places an emphasis on expediting lunar exploration, increasing commercial partnerships, and […]

  • What the state corrections system wants to do with its proposed budget

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections is asking for more funding in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, and Governor Kay Ivey’s proposal would give it. Corrections requested $41.7 million dollars more from Alabama’s General Fund than it did the previous year, according to state finance officers. That would include a $26 million increase in personnel costs for raises, a 20% pay increase for security staff, 500 additional corrections officers, and a pay raise. It would also include a […]

  • Gas tax bill hardly a smooth ride in Alabama Legislature

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislature began its special session on Wednesday, as proclaimed by Governor Kay Ivey late Tuesday night after her State of the State address. Per her call, lawmakers will deal directly with a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase and other measures aimed at infrastructure. Wednesday was a quick session in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The majority of the work during the rest of the day was in meetings to gain an understanding […]

  • Alabama Legislative Session begins

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 2019 Alabama legislative session began on Tuesday with lots to get to this session. It is anticipated that Governor Kay Ivey could call a special session to deal with an infrastructure bill now the Legislature is hard at work. The session began with a message of unity as lawmakers prayed over those who represent districts ravaged by recent storms. Tornado Victims Remembered As the Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in, Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) asked the […]

  • Parkway Place Mall parking deck ramp closed after truck strikes lower portion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are at the Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville monitoring a situation at the parking deck. Molly Mitchell, marketing director for Parkway Place, said a U-Haul driver attempted to drive up the middle ramp on the parking deck to get to the second level. The U-Haul vehicle did not meet the clearance height and the upper part of the truck struck the parking deck. It happened Sunday afternoon.  Since then, the middle parking deck ramp has […]

  • Madison City Schools superintendent unveils proposal for new middle and elementary schools

    MADISON, Ala. – Two new schools could be built in the next few years in Madison. Tuesday night at his State of the Schools address, Superintendent Robby Parker of Madison City Schools proposed a plan that includes a new elementary and middle school to accommodate the district’s rapid growth. “In just about two years we will be out of space at the elementary school level. At the middle school level,” he told WHNT News 19. Parker added that this proposal […]

  • DEA raids Choice Medicine in Toney

    TONEY, Ala. – The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed today it is investigating a case involving Choice Medicine in Toney. DEA Officials couldn’t tell us much about the active investigation, but did confirm to us that agents executed a federal search warrant at the business located on Highway 53 Tuesday morning. Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney practices there. This isn’t the first time we have reported on Dr. Lloyd-Turney. Reports on Dr. Turney date back to 2015 when the Alabama Department of Mental […]

  • Decatur awaiting damage assessment during dry-out

    DECATUR, Ala. – Officials have not yet conducted a damage assessment in Decatur because problem areas are still underwater, and they’re hoping waters begin to recede before more rain later this week. Meanwhile, they know damage clean-up could become expensive. Monday, Decatur Utilities said Decatur and its surrounding areas experience almost 10 inches of rainfall over the past week. The Tennessee River/Wheeler Reservoir exceeded the 100-year flood level, causing drainage issues and high water around the area. Decatur identified Country […]

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