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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
  • Firefighters respond to SE Huntsville business fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Fire and Rescue were on the scene of a business fire in South Huntsville today. Officials responded to Huntsville American Cabinets around 2 this afternoon. The business is located on 11820 East Gateway Drive off of Hobbs Road. An employee told WHNT News 19 that Huntsville American Cabinets has been there since 1958 and employs around 30 people. People who live nearby tell us the smoke could be seen for miles, and at one point they say […]

  • Plan to relocate city hall receives mixed reviews

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville city leaders have published the final report from the first phase of a site study and concept plan for a new city hall.  The plan is to relocate the new city hall to the parking garage across the street on Fountain Row and Gates Avenue. However, the new plan does not sit well with everyone. Huntsville resident Thomas Piff runs a blog called ‘Ask Tommy Battle‘. In the blog, Piff questions the developers and asks, “Has […]

  • Huntsville releases renderings, location for new city hall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – City leaders have published the final report from the first phase of a site study and concept plan for a new municipal complex conducted by Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC), the architectural and engineering firm retained to work on the analysis in February 2017. The administration had previously presented preliminary data to the City Council and the public during a work session on December 12, 2017. To conduct the study, GMC used space utilization data provided by the […]

  • Madison County Career Tech Center hosts mock disaster drill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One local technology center is trying to prepare their students in case a bomb was to ever go off. Madison County Career Technical Center held a mock disaster drill to give students hands-on training. The campus looked like a scene out of a movie.  There were injured victims, first responders, and thick smoke. This was all set up for training purposes. The scenario was a bomb went off hurting dozens; the bomb caused several fires to pop […]

  • Yellowhammer Brewing excited about expanding

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Yellowhammer Brewing has made a name for itself in The Rocket City. It’s a top destination for beer lovers and it has some good news for fans; because they have expanded. It’s been eight years since Yellowhammer Brewing launched. “I’m proud of our team to grow from to having 1 employee to 32 over the past few years. It has been an awesome run,” General Manager Ethan Couch explained. The brewery was originally opened by four guys […]

  • Facebook group sets up GoFundMe for 3-year-old shooting victim

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s been almost a week since the shooting death of a little girl who was simply sleeping on her couch when she was struck by a bullet, according to Huntsville Police 3-year-old Livia Robinson died when a bullet hit her from what police call a drive-by shooting.  Since her death, a fund has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union to help with funeral expenses.  There’s also been a GoFundMe set up by someone who simply […]

  • Local West End Grill employees risk their lives to save tenants in early morning Huntsville apartment fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Seventeen people are without homes in Huntsville Saturday following an early morning apartment fire. It took firefighters about an hour and a half to get the fire under control at Brixworth at Bridge Street, but before first responders arrived on the scene, people concerned about the tenants rushed towards the flames to help. “We have come out of the building and saw the whole right side of this building on fire, so the officer on duty went ahead and […]

  • Veteran’s Organization recovering from money stolen by volunteer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The director of a local veteran’s organization said one of their own stole from them and the theft has set them back. Veterans of North Alabama Services Assistance Program‘s Director Jane Dow said a volunteer she’s known for a year stole $1,100 from the organization. She said the organization is a small one. “We pick up and deliver furniture and household items. We donate them to the veterans that are getting into housing. Either they have been […]

  • Family members of shooting victim say 3-year-old “Sweet Livia” will be missed

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say they have arrested three people in a drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of 3-year-old Livia Robinson. 3 people are behind bars charged with capital murder. Police say Brittany Kingston, Dominique Russel, and Martin Evenes are all connected to the death of 3-year-old Livia Robinson. Robinson was shot & killed when a bullet came through her home, as she was sleeping on the couch. pic.twitter.com/48RWY5QH25 — Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) March 8, 2018 Dominique […]

  • Yellowhammer Brewery shares thoughts on proposed aluminum tariffs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If the president’s plan to impose tariffs goes into effect it will impact breweries who put their beer in cans, including places like Yellowhammer Brewing. The brewery has built up a huge reputation and recently they decided to start selling their beer by the can. “The market really accepts beer cans better. You can take them a lot more places. You can go to the beach with them,” General Manager Ethan Couch said. Producing canned beer has […]

  • Madison County family left homeless after grease fire destroys everything

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Pamela Hawkins’s home on Cherry Tree Road is nothing more than charred memories now.  “Things that can never be replaced. A home that we don`t have. It`s an everyday thought,” she explained. She says she thinks of, ‘Where will my family live at now? How will I replace my stuff?’  She said fire officials believe a grease fire was the cause of the fire that destroyed their home on February 2. Currently, Hawkins and her three […]

  • If Madison gets a baseball team, Mayor Finley says you can help choose the name

    MADISON, Ala. — Madison is inching closer to bringing minor league baseball to the city, but we are learning more about what the various deals it takes to do that may look like. The city already announced an agreement with Town Madison developer, Louis Breland, along with a separate agreement with a baseball team owner. But there is more to do. “It’s been a long road to get here, which a lot of people wondered, ‘Would it happen?’ I think […]