• Carrie Marchese

    WHNT News 19’s Carrie Marchese preparing for new role at Arts Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – She has one of the brightest smiles in our newsroom. We’ll definitely shed a tear soon, though, as we wish Carrie Marchese farewell. Carrie has accepted a position at Arts Huntsville, where she will work as Development Manager. Her last day at WHNT News 19 is March 2. “Since 2010 Carrie’s worked on behalf of the community as an investigative reporter and news anchor for WHNT News 19,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director of Arts Huntsville. “We’re eager to […]

  • Brandon, Carrie, and Branson (Photo: Drew Galloway/WHNT)

    The WHNT News 19 family says farewell to Meteorologist Brandon Chambers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Life is all about transitions. From childhood to adult; from single to married; from child to parent. Nothing, it seems, is constant but change. We’re both sad and happy to announce that Meteorologist Brandon Chambers is beginning a transition in his life. Brandon and family would like to announce he has accepted a position at Marshall Space Flight Center as a flight controller/payload rack officer. We’ve got to say, we’re very impressed that Brandon will be working to […]

  • Bennett Danny Chambers, born August, 24, 2015

    Welcome to the WHNT News 19 family, Bennett Chambers!

    We’d like to take a minute to welcome a new family member to WHNT News 19. Meet Bennett Danny Chambers! Noon anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter Carrie Marchese and Meteorologist Brandon Chambers welcomed Bennett to this world on Monday, August 24. Mom and baby are both doing just fine! And Bennett’s big brother Branson seems very intrigued by the new baby. We’re sure they’ll become the best of friends very soon. Bennett weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. at birth and […]

  • hereford

    McDonnell Elementary teacher connects with the entirety of students’ lives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When a 5th grader takes the time to write a nomination letter for her teacher, you know that educator is doing something right.  Valerie Hereford of McDonnell Elementary received this week’s Tools for Teachers award–and the $319 for classroom supplies that comes with it–because of the impact she’s had on a student named Danielle. It’s Ms. Hereford’s ability to connect with the whole of a student’s life inside and outside the classroom that allows her to […]

  • Assistant principal leaves a legacy of compassion

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Forest Hills Elementary assistant principal Chris Pepper is about to complete his 30th-and final-school year as an educator.  He’s retiring this year, but his impact will not soon fade away.  He’s founded two clubs-the “Mighty Men Club” and the “Gents Club”-where students that need it can learn to be successful in the classroom environment. Mr. Pepper’s legacy of compassion for students has earned him this week’s Tools for Teachers award and 319 dollars to spend in […]

  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP wins first place for the second year in a row.  Pictured left to right: David Mixon, Scott Smith, Angela Holt, Tim Cummins and Ben McArthur.

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings keeps title of Huntsville’s “Brightest Company” in annual trivia challenge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Wednesday evening, 23 teams from Huntsville companies matched wits in a battle of trivia for the title of “Brightest Company.” They were playing for a great cause, too. Alabama’s Brightest Company Charitable Trivia Competition was held at the Jackson Center.  The annual event is presented by Impact Alabama. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings won first prize and $10,000 for the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Randolph School, playing on behalf of Manna House, placed second in […]

  • Not even cancer can diminish this teacher’s commitment to students

    MADISON CO., Ala. (WHNT) – The Tools-for-Teachers spotlight this week shines on Bambi Dean, a third grade teacher at Mt. Carmel Elementary whose inspirational story is a testament to the commitment she has for her students. We heard about our honoree from a mother who expressed a deep gratitude for the impact Ms. Dean had on her son, who faces some special challenges from Asperger’s Syndrome. But her story goes beyond that. “Two years ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer,” Ms. Dean […]

  • East Limestone’s Deshonna Ford coaches and teaches to impact lives

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is East Limestone High School’s Deshonna Ford, a  committed teacher who is reaching kids through business classes and by coaching the track team.  We recently surprised Ms. Ford in her classroom with 319 dollars to spend on school supplies. Ms. Ford began her professional life in the business world, and from that perspective she saw a need that prompted her to make a career change. “I was working in HR before I got […]

  • Fourth grade teacher has been refining her craft for 37 years

    FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WHNT) – You can usually assume a couple of things about a teacher who has taught for nearly 40 years.  First, they  have a passion for the job, and second, they have developed a skillset that makes them very good at that job.  You’d certainly be right if you’re talking about Diane Wilson, a fourth grade teacher at Ralph Askins Elementary in Fayetteville.  She is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recently received our $319 classroom surprise. A […]

  • Second grade teacher known for demonstrating a heart for students

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of 319 dollars for classroom supplies is Chrissie Willett, a second grade teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary in New Market.  She’s been teaching second grade for more than twenty years and is known around the school for the compassion and love she demonstrates to her students on a daily basis. It was actually her heart for students that garnered Ms. Willett this nomination. Lynn Gann, a mom of […]

  • Asbury special needs teacher recognized for her impacts

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award and 319 dollar prize for classroom supplies belongs to Beth Hanner, a resource teacher at Asbury Elementary. She was nominated for this honor by Kristin Ellison, a mother thankful for the impact Ms. Hanner has had on her son’s life. Kristin’s son has a high-functioning form of autism, and she told us that, while every Asbury teacher works hard at making a difference in every student’s life, it’s especially  Ms. […]

  • James McKenzie

    Career tech teacher is producing both champions and all star employees

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) – At the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (EPCOT) in Jackson County, one career tech teacher has demonstrated his abilities by producing back-to-back-to-back champions in national skills competitions, but, more importantly, he’s producing all-star skilled employees for the work force. James McKenzie won WHNT’s weekly Tools for Teachers Award and $319 to spend in his shop. Attitudes toward vocational training have evolved a lot in recent years, but misconceptions still linger.  For instance, the idea that a career […]