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
  • Guns confiscated, 29 indicted in violent crime crackdown

    Federal authorities say they’ve charged 29 people as part of an effort to crack down on violent crime in North Alabama. The Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced during a news conference Thursday they had made the arrests working in conjunction with authorities in Madison, Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson counties. Agents say they recovered unregistered machine guns like a belt-fed .50 caliber machine gun, smoke grenades, a converted AK-47 machine gun, and other firearms, […]

  • Huntsville City Schools introduces new district app

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools has an app available for download on Apple and Android devices. It is called HCS Connect. District webmaster, Kevin Redmond, said the idea is to keep parents and staff informed about what’s going on in the district. “People may not have time to stop at a computer and pull up a website or look up information. And go to three or four different school websites,” he said. The app is designed to help. Through […]

  • Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill to resign

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill announced her resignation on Tuesday at a board meeting. She said she has been sick, and disclosed she has a disease that causes pain. She stated that being a board member was a dream job, and she feels she was born to be passionate about Huntsville City Schools. “People either love me or hate me. I’m good with that,” she said. “Something happens when you think you are near death. […]

  • Huntsville City School board votes to split P-8 schools

    BREAKING: P-8 split approved unanimously 5-0 @whnt — Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) May 7, 2019 HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday for a special session  where the board voted unanimously to approve a plan to split its Pre-K through 8th grade combined schools into two. The superintendent recommended approval of the plan, which revisits the P-8 model the district sees at several schools including Whitesburg, Mountain Gap, Morris, and Chapman schools. The split only affects […]

  • Deadline extended for college readiness program in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The deadline to apply for the CAP and GOWN Project’s STEM Summer Institute has been extended to 11:59 p.m. May 10. That’s almost two weeks from the original deadline of April 29. Organizers came to WHNT News 19, asking us to help them get the word out. They said they don’t want any students to miss out on the opportunity to participate, and they worry some students may not realize they are eligible. The STEM Summer Institute […]

  • DeKalb County man dies in three-vehicle crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Dawson man died in a three-vehicle wreck Monday, Alabama State Troopers said in a news release Monday evening. Trooper Curtis Summerville, Public Information Officer with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, identified the man as Roger Pragit, 65. Trooper Summerville said Pragit’s 2013 Toyota Camry struck a 2014 Ford F-150, whose driver was not injured, and a 2018 Ford Transit whose driver was injured. Pragit died of his injuries in an area hospital. It happened at 10:15 […]

  • Huntsville Police department unveils new recruitment vehicle

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police unveiled a new tool Thursday that can help them recruit new officers: a recruitment vehicle. It is a specially designed cruiser that the department’s recruitment team will use at events around the southeast and driving in the Rocket City to get your attention and show what Huntsville Police has to offer. View this post on Instagram The recruitment team just stepped up their game and now have a wrapped SUV. In case people didn’t know […]

  • Developing a business fire safety plan

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the cleanup continues at Humphrey’s Bar and Grill following a fire Tuesday that Huntsville Fire & Rescue investigators ruled accidental, we talked to fire officials about the essentials that should be in a business’s fire safety plan. At Humphrey’s Tuesday, firefighters said the fire started in the kitchen area at the grill and spread to a wall. Patrons and staff evacuated. We obtained a copy of the restaurant’s inspection form the fire marshal’s office completed on […]

  • How summer burn restrictions in some counties can protect your health

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — May 1 starts the beginning of summertime burn restrictions set forth by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. These burn restrictions are not aimed at preventing brush fires, like the burn bans that get the most attention in years past. Instead, this annual set of restrictions effective from May 1 to October 31 takes aim at air quality. It applies to open burning. Leaders say it’s to help protect your and your community’s health. The Restrictions […]

  • Huntsville City Council moves ahead with property tax proposal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A property tax proposal that’s being called “hard to explain” is moving forward in Huntsville. After a public hearing Monday, the city council approved a resolution that pushes it forward for lawmakers in Montgomery to introduce. That would authorize a special election to pass it on for a vote of the people, and Mayor Tommy Battle said he is confident they will find support for it. What is the Proposal? Mayor Tommy Battle said the plan would […]

  • Missing Chilton County Senior found safe

    Update: Rickey McCaskill was found safe, according to officials. CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. – Sunday evening, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Missing Senior Alert for a Chilton County man. The alert said the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Rickey Lawind McCaskill, 47, last seen in Clanton. McCaskill is pictured to the left and described as a black male wearing blue jeans, a gray long sleeve t-shirt and a baseball cap. The alert said he “may be suffering […]

  • Huntsville synagogues react to California shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Tennessee Valley religious groups and leaders are responding to the shooting in Poway, California that left one woman dead and others injured. A 19-year-old man is in custody after a shooting at Congregation Chabad on the last day of Passover in the California city of Poway. Chabad of Huntsville posted to Facebook Sunday, saying, “We are shocked. We are saddened.” The post urges others to join them in prayer, and to unify for strength. The full message […]

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