HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We have bittersweet news to share with you about one of our favorite team members.
Reporter/photojournalist Daniela Perallon, who has been with WHNT News 19 since 2011, is leaving our station for a new job. That’s the sad part. The happy part — her new company is less than a mile away and it’s a really great fit for her. Daniela has accepted a role as the Public Relations/Marketing manager for The Arts Council.
“We hate to lose Daniela. But, we are thrilled for her,” said Denise Vickers, WHNT Station Manager and News Director. “She has done a tremendous job for us since joining our team. And, will soon be able to apply her multimedia background and skill set to do tremendous work for The Arts Council.”
The Arts Council works to promote local arts, culture, and entertainment, as well as educate the community about different artists and events. Every year, The Arts Council presents Panoply Arts Festival, Concerts in the Park, the Monte Sano Art Festival and other events. The Arts Council also works to promote the Arts and Entertainment district downtown with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and the City of Huntsville.
“We have so enjoyed working with Daniela during her time at WHNT and we respect her passion for Huntsville’s arts and entertainment community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, President of the Arts Council. “We’re eager to bring her digital storytelling and communication skills to The Arts Council along with her passion for our Huntsville region.”
Daniela is an Emmy award winning journalist. In 2014, she received a Midsouth Regional Emmy for her work on the collaborative project “Boys & Girls.” The 30-minute special told the story of the wonderful work and service done by the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama.
Daniela’s last day at WHNT News 19 will be September 3. She will join The Arts Council on September 8.
Here is a personal note from Daniela about her new venture:
In November of 2011, I was fresh out of the University of Florida and only three months into my first job as a television news reporter in Indiana when I, along with most of coworkers, was laid off. It was a scary, uncertain time in my young adult life, but I soon landed here in Huntsville, at WHNT News 19. Looking at the mountains on the horizon as I drove into town, Huntsville instantly felt like home.
Over the years, I have reported on everything from tragedy, injustice, and crime to triumph, progress, and the selfless heart of our community. All of these things have made my love for the Tennessee Valley and its people grow.
This is why I want to thank you, the viewers, for welcoming me into your homes each night and trusting me to tell your stories – the good and the bad – for the past four years. It’s been an honor and a blessing. I’m thrilled to continue to work in and serve this community in my new role at The Arts Council. You’ll still see me on TV from time to time, and you might even run into me around town and at events like Panoply Arts Festival. If you do, say hello, and please stay in touch!
To my family here at WHNT News 19, this station has given me so much personally and professionally, and for that I am forever thankful. It’s a comfort to know this ‘goodbye’ is only taking me a few blocks away.