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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
  • Troy King still wants to move forward with ethics complaint against Steve Marshall

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Despite losing the Republican Runoff election to Steve Marshall, Tuesday night Troy King said he will continue to pursue his ethics complaint against his opponent. “I want to see the ethics law enforced,” King told media Tuesday. King filed the complaint nearly a week before election day, alleging Marshall took improper campaign contributions. He alleges that the problem is the Republican Attorneys General Association Political Action Committee took money from other PACs, a violation of Alabama’s ban […]

  • Sheffield residents ask city for help after flooding from recent heavy rain

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Saturday’s rain brought high water to some Sheffield residents’ doorsteps, and Monday they asked the city for help to keep it from happening again. Multiple Sheffield residents made WHNT News 19 aware of flooding Saturday following a particularly heavy storm. They said it was happening along Shoals Avenue and in the Sheffield Heights areas, and these parts of the city are not along a floodplain. Rebecca Southard said Saturday was the second time this month that water […]

  • Missing, but not forgotten: Harvest community still seeks answers about Jennifer Powers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – At a vigil on Thursday, community members made it clear they will not give up the search for Jennifer Powers or answers about what happened to her. July 12 marks 10 years since she went missing. At Liberty Baptist Church in Huntsville, family members, friends, and people who cared about Jennifer Powers gathered to remember her life and renew the request for anyone who can help the investigation into her disappearance to come forward. “What we […]

  • July 12 marks 10 years since Jennifer Powers vanished from her Harvest home

    HARVEST, Ala. – Thursday, friends and community members will remember Jennifer Powers and support her family at a candlelight vigil. July 12, the date of the vigil, marks 10 years since her disappearance. Powers was last seen at her house on Granto Road on July 12, 2008. She has since been declared legally deceased by the Probate Judge of Madison County. Deputies believe she was the victim of a homicide. She left home, officials say, without necessary items like her purse […]

  • Russellville church group arrives home after being stuck in Haiti due to violent protests

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – A church group from Russellville is back home early Tuesday after violent protests in Haiti over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe. A Facebook video shows their arrival just around midnight in white vans. Family members and friends rejoice as members of the team stepped out. Church groups in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those who weren’t able to leave, according to newspaper and television reports. Russellville’s First Baptist Church has been […]

  • Republican Attorney General Candidate Troy King continues allegations against runoff opponent

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Troy King, (R) Attorney General Candidate in the upcoming Republican runoff, continued his allegations against his runoff opponent, incumbent Steve Marshall (R), during a press conference on the Madison County Courthouse steps Tuesday. Monday, King alleged through an ethics complaint against Marshall that Marshall took improper campaign contributions. The problem, King said, is Marshall accepted money from the group called Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), which took money from other PACs. King said it is a violation of […]

  • Madison revokes barber shop’s business license after illegal gambling raid

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City Council voted unanimously Monday to revoke a business’s license because Madison Police found illegal gambling machines there earlier this year. Madison Police Chief, Dave Jernigan, told the council during the public hearing on Monday that Picture Perfect Kutz, adjacent toThe Braiding Factory, located on Madison Boulevard was a front for illegal gambling. He said that after an investigation also involving the Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force (STAC), police  seized 7 illegal slot machines and […]

  • Madison to build new Public Works facility

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City Council approved an architecture and construction management services for a new Public Works facility on Monday. The facility will sit on a property on Palmer Road, and it will replace the current one on Celtic Drive. “It’s so cramped. We’ve outgrown it. The city has grown, again, in leaps and bounds. We have more vehicles, more equipment to work on, more employees, and we need a place to put them,” said Kent Smith, Director […]

  • Know the difference between fireworks and gunshots

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police say that knowing the difference between fireworks and gunshots can save your life, but it can also help keep law enforcement more efficient during the 4th of July festivities. One of the reasons many of us love this holiday is because of the fireworks. But Lt. Michael Johnson, Huntsville Police spokesman, said that last Independence Day HPD answered more than 200 calls for service that included fireworks and shots fired calls. That is a higher volume […]

  • Homeowners question signed agreements with local roof repair company after storm damage

    MADISON, Ala. – Homeowners in the Madison area are questioning agreements they signed with a local roofing company, arguing they did not think they were signing a contract for the company to start work repairing their homes. Pro-Roofing USA of Huntsville is the subject of multiple calls to the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, leaders there confirmed Tuesday. They said the callers are planning to file complaints. But the roofing company, in a conversation with WHNT News 19, said […]

  • Limestone County victim previously sought protective order: How to seek protection from abuse

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – As authorities continue to investigate this week’s violent triple homicide in Ardmore, WHNT News 19 has learned one of the victims sought a protective order against the suspect, Darwin Brazier. Brazier is accused of using a rifle to shoot multiple times and kill Debra Ann Rivera, 41 (suspect’s ex-wife), Radex Rivera, 41 (Debra’s new husband), and Timothy James Hayward-Boger (a roommate of the other two victims) Sunday afternoon at their home on Pinedale Road. “The sheriff’s office […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office called to home on Clearvue Road

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, law enforcement responded to a home on the 200 block of Clearvue Road. While the Madison County Sheriff’s Office did not confirm what type of incident took place, deputies told us one person is injured. The law enforcement presence continued through 10:30 PM. .@mcsosheriffAL officers are at a home on Clearvue Road, where one person was reportedly injured tonight in an incident. The person is expected to be OK. @whnt pic.twitter.com/ZwHgV7AdRu […]