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Aaron joined WHNT News 19 in September 2016 as a Reporter/MMJ. Before joining the team; Aaron worked as a Reporter/MMJ in Monroe, Louisiana.

Aaron has covered many topics from the historic ArkLaMiss Flooding to the shooting death of Alton Sterling, and the protests in Baton Rouge.

He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but went to school at Middle Tennessee State University. While there, he was a Anchor/Reporter for his college station MT10 and interned at WTVF in Nashville for a year.

Aaron has a huge passion for reporting and storytelling. He loves meeting new people and sharing their stories.

He’s happy to be closer to home and to be here in the Tennessee Valley.

In his spare time Aaron likes to hang with friends, hike, and listen to music. So don’t be surprised if you see him singing or dancing in his car; just wave and join in.

If you have any news tips, comments, questions, or just want to say hi you can email him at aaron.cantrell@whnt.com, find him on Twitter @Aaronthenewsguy, or on Facebook @AaronCantrellWHNT.


Recent Articles
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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are searching for three men who broke into a home and assaulted a caretaker and the man she was watching over. It happened on Pulaski Pike. Emergency crews were called around 1:00 Monday morning to the Raceway gas station on North Memorial Parkway and Bob Wade Lane for a woman who had been assaulted. She told investigators she was assaulted at the home on Pulaski Pike where she cared for an elderly man in his […]

  • Grease trap expert says toddler’s drowning death was something that could have been avoided

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It is difficult to understand just how a 3-year-old  could fall into a grease trap and drown, but that is what happened at an ice cream shop in Auburn over the weekend. Video surveillance shows Sadie Grace Andrews playing with two of her five siblings in a picnic table-studded grassy area on the property and apparently falling through the lid. “This is something that should have been avoided and could have been avoided,” explained Huntsville’s Water Pollution Control […]

  • Local residents with ties to Puerto Rico say their families are doing the best they can under the circumstances

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – According to recent reports since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, 48 people have died and 111 are still missing. There are also more than 5,000 people still in shelters and as of Sunday, 85 percent of the island still has no electricity. “Just having the ability to power up the refrigerator is a huge help, you can create your own ice, you can keep the food fresh,” Madison Country resident Pete Rodriguez said. Rodriguez has been sending […]

  • Is your Wi-Fi secure?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – No matter where you are,  experts say you need to be cautious of hackers. “Let’s say you go to Starbucks and sign onto AT&T’s Wi-Fi. There could very easily be someone there intercepting your traffic,” PeopleSec CEO Joshua Crumbaugh said. Crumbaugh said someone could be spying on you. “What that means to you is when you submit a credit card number, let’s say to buy something on Amazon; they now have that. Even if you check your […]

  • Cybersecurity is a booming industry & people are needed to fill positions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s 2017 and every device we use is connected to the internet. Many of the devices are used to store very personal information. “People didn’t grow up until this generation with the internet in their pocket, and not everyone understands secure practices,” ISSA North Alabama Chapter President Carey Pool explained. This may be why 9 million people a year have their identity stolen or companies get their systems hacked. But there are companies out there fighting against […]

  • Locals with family in Puerto Rico are upset over President Trump’s recent tweets

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Many people weren’t thrilled about President Trump’s latest tweets on the situation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump warned that first responders can’t stay in Puerto Rico forever. "Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017 …accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. […]

  • New Market medical clinic under DEA investigation closes doors, head physician resigns

    NEW MARKET, Ala. — A medical clinic in New Market is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. New Market Clinic was also recently forced to close the doors after the primary physician resigned. The DEA can’t go into detail, but agents did confirm that New Market Clinic and the former head physician, Dr. Rodney Morris, are under investigation. The clinic, a part of Central North Alabama Health Services, has been operating in the area for decades. A patient of the clinic, Willie […]

  • Gulf Shores mostly undamaged after Hurricane Nate, sand erosion is a big concern

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – Hurricane Nate brought some power with it as it moved into the Gulf Coast, heavy rain fall and storm surge caused many roads to flood. Hurricane Nate started off as a tropical storm and was projected to make landfall as a category two hurricane. That left people in many areas anxious. “Our biggest concern was that people would go out and venture into the city during the worst of the storm, which is why the curfew […]

  • Gulf Shores officials thankful Hurricane Nate’s impact wasn’t as severe as anticipated

    GULF SHORES, Ala. — Gulf Shores was expecting to get hit hard by Hurricane Nate, but according to a spokesperson for the city, the damage was minor. “We’re very fortunate here. That last little jog to the west, it never really turned as far to the east as it was anticipated. Intensification didn’t quite get to Cat 2 level,” said Gulf Shores spokesperson Grant Brown. With the ocean taking over the beach, high winds and rain, the city issued a […]

  • Hurricane Nate impacts vacationers in Gulf Shores

    BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. – Before mother nature delivered Alabama with Hurricane Nate, dozens of people were out and about on the beach. That included Abby and Tyler Jackson, who said “I Do” on Saturday. “We were supposed to have it at 5:30 tonight and we moved it up to 9. I think we are going to try and get out of here,” said Abby. The Missouri couple arrived in Gulf Shores earlier in the week. “We`ve been at the beach every […]

  • After complaints, Madison City School officials ask for input on new draft of 2018-19 school year calendar

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison City School officials have come up with a new draft for the 2018-2019 school year calendar, after they posted their first draft to social media and a lot of parents were unhappy. “I went to Madison City Schools growing up and it was like August 22nd I think was usually when we started back. It was like the last week of August,” recalled Samantha Winslow. Her 3-year-old isn’t ready this year, but she will attend Madison […]

  • The future of Funntasia – Former family entertainment property has a new owner, demolition in the works

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There is change coming to a property that used to provide entertainment for families all across the Valley. Funntasia Family Fun Center has been a fixture on North Memorial Parkway in Huntsville for decades, but soon it will be no more. Funntasia used to be a hot spot in the Rocket City, but the Family Fun Center hasn’t had very much upkeep in recent years. Dewey Brazelton, owner of Brazelton Properties, can remember when the fun times stopped. “The new […]