School Closings and Delays across the Tennessee Valley
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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Huntsville City Schools board chooses interim finance officer, announces finalists for the job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City School district is in the middle of financial confusion while looking for someone to become head of the district’s finances. Today, Superintendent Christie Finley recommended and the board approved Robert Terry as interim Chief School Financial Officer. Robert terry is the new interim CSFO @WHNT — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) January 31, 2019 A previous CSFO, Jason Taylor, resigned to pursue for a contract with the state in March 2017. Deputy Superintendent of […]

  • Marshall County man accused of murder granted supervised release

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Earlier this month, a Marshall County judge granted Albert Patterson supervised release. This came after a court-ordered competency hearing that included a mental evaluation. Patterson is accused of murder and attempted murder in Guntersville in March 2017.  Investigators said that James Daugette, 56, of Guntersville died from his injuries in the shooting and that Daugette’s wife, Sandra Daugette, 55, was injured. It happened on Edmonds Road. On January 7, a Marshall County judge ordered Patterson’s release from […]

  • Alabama senator to propose jail food funding bill in upcoming Legislative session

    DECATUR, Ala. – Alabama Senator Arthur Orr wants to sponsor a statewide bill to stop sheriffs from pocketing jail funds. WHNT News 19 has been following the issue for years. Alabama law allows sheriffs to retain surplus money from their inmate food budgets. Orr, R-Decatur, said he will sponsor a bill that would change that state law so sheriffs can’t do that anymore. Morgan County voters recently overwhelmingly approved an amendment that would keep jail food funding in a separate […]

  • NASA administrator talks about the shutdown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, thanked NASA employees for enduring the furlough but told them at a town hall meeting broadcast today that there are still challenges ahead to get back to business. “It has been tough. I want to say thank you for your patience,” Bridenstine said. He assured employees that NASA was operating at the highest level it could throughout the time the government was partially shut down. “We did everything we could to preserve as […]

  • Madison welcomes new housing developments

    MADISON, Ala. – Monday, the Madison City Council approved two new residential developments for construction. The council unanimously voted to approve two rezoning proposals and their corresponding development agreements, discussed at length at the previous meeting. This means more than 200 homes will now be built off Powell Road and Hardiman Road over the next five years. Developer Jeff Enfinger said he worked hard to comply with the city’s new growth policy which encourages lower-density, higher-priced housing. However, it limits […]

  • Marshall Space Flight Center reopening Monday: What employees need to know

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thanks to the continuing resolution, Marshall Space Flight Center is ready for workers to return. The center tweeted this weekend, “NASA Marshall will resume normal operations on Monday.” Employees are advised to go to work at their usual time. #NASAMarshall will resume normal operations Monday, Jan. 28. Employees should report to their duty station at their usual time. Employees can also visit for more information on the return to work. — NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) January 27, 2019 NASA […]

  • Huntsville Police asking for your help identifying shooting suspect

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are investigating a shooting at a Fuel City gas station in the 3000 block of Drake Avenue. Police said it happened just after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. A man was pumping gas, investigators said, when an unknown black male in a black truck asked him for whatever he had. When the victim said he didn’t have anything to hand over, police said the man shot him in the lower abdomen. The victim is still undergoing […]

  • Students and staff stand up for Huntsville’s “failing” schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three Huntsville City Schools are on the state’s 2019 list of failing schools, listed from state data as the lowest 6% of schools identified for the Alabama Accountability Act of 2015. Jemison High School, Ronald McNair Junior High, and Lakewood Elementary School are on the list. They’re all in the same feeder pattern in Huntsville’s District One. On Thursday at the scheduled board of education meeting, District One board representative, Michelle Watkins, stood up for the schools. […]

  • Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering searching for President and location

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering, a statewide public magnet school set to begin classes in August 2020, is on the hunt for a leader. The school has begun a search for its President, with this job posting last week. State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) said he has been elected Chairman of the board of trustees. He said they are looking for a visionary leader. “We want somebody who has experience in leading a school, who […]

  • Movement to “tidy up” could be bringing in increased donations to area thrift stores

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Area thrift stores are seeing a spike in donations that wouldn’t typically happen at this time of year. Could a hit show be the reason? Marie Kondo, a home organizer who has written books and recently launched a TV series, encourages people to “tidy up” their homes and get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” “If it doesn’t bring you joy, it can bring other people joy through the Downtown Rescue Mission!” said Joanna Thompson, Director […]

  • What’s next for the Huntsville IHOP and shooting investigation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville community is healing following a shooting at the IHOP on Memorial Parkway and Drake Avenue Wednesday night. As police continued the investigation Thursday, we learned more about what is next for the restaurant. The IHOP owner told WHNT News 19 by phone that the restaurant would reopen for business on Friday at 7 a.m. Meanwhile, IHOP brand spokeswoman, Stephanie Peterson, said the focus is on those who were involved. She said in a statement to […]

  • Police confirm IHOP employee killed restaurant shooter

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police said an IHOP employee and a customer were killed at the restaurant on Memorial Parkway at Drake Avenue Wednesday night. Investigators say a second IHOP employee who was shot is the person who killed the customer-shooter. Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill said IHOP employee Roy Brown, 56, and customer Roderick Turner, 25, both died from gunshot wounds. The third shooting victim remains unidentified. The shooting happened around 9:50 p.m. Police say the incident began as […]

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