No Glasses, No Problem – View the eclipse from Huntsville
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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, find him on Twitter @Aaronthenewsguy, or on Facebook @AaronCantrellWHNT.

Recent Articles
  • How does the solar eclipse affect ham radios?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Many ham radio operators are excited for the upcoming solar eclipse. “This is my first chance of being a part of a total solar eclipse,” ham operator Ben Lowe said The upcoming eclipse is something he’s been dreaming about for a while. His father used to share stories with him about how amazing they are. “He told me about seeing that last eclipse 99 years ago, so he would have been five years old at the time,” […]

  • Local leaders ask the community to boycott the NFL and join their cause

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A group of Madison County men are calling for people to boycott the NFL. Seven church leaders and Oakwood University’s President are asking people to join their cause. Pastor Debleaire Snell said they’re boycotting because of Colin Kaepernick. Kapernick made headlines when he took a knee during the National Anthem, during the 2016 NFL season. “He did this to kind of raise awareness, to the number of brown and black individuals that have been beaten or […]

  • The Von Braun Astronomical Society hosts planetarium shows about the Solar Eclipse

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The Von Braun Astronomical Society will be presenting a planetarium show about the Solar Eclipse at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children six and under as well as VBAS members will receive free admission. The Wernher von Braun Planetarium is located at 5105 Nolen Ave SE in Huntsville. Weather permitting, visitors will have an opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe through our telescopes […]

  • Why do people with Alzheimer’s tend to wander away?

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – According to the Alzheimer’s Association 6 out 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander off and it’s something you may not anticipate. “It can start even in the early stages of the disease. It’s always important to be cautious for any day,”  said Brandi Medina of the organization’s Huntsville office. Medina said people with the disease wander for different reasons. “It could be that they are just going somewhere even a half mile, mile away. It could […]

  • Voters express concern over low turnout at the polls

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —Voter turnout today for the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama has been “very, very low,” Secretary of State John Merrill said, shortly before 2 p.m. Earlier this week Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill expected a 20 to 25 percent turnout across the state for this special election.  “People are used to big numbers because we broke every record in the history of this state for a general election in November, so they are coming off of […]

  • Your vote does count – Citizens explain reasons for exercising the right to vote

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Though voter turnout for the special election has been very low, these voters say their vote was worth it. Rita Kennedy made it a point when she turned 18 many years ago that she was going to vote. “It’s a right that you have, that you should always keep in place. No matter who you are, no matter what your nationality is, but especially as an African-American,” Voter Kennedy said. Kennedy said voting it a right many […]

  • Fight forces Insanity Complex to close early over the weekend

    MADISON, Ala. – Insanity Skate Complex was forced to shut down over the weekend after reports of a fight broke out. There have been a lot of questions flying around about what happened and many people have reached out to us for answers. We spoke with the complex’s general manager Brenda Buschmann to get them. “Apparently what happened was, about 10:30 Saturday night a fight broke out. It appears to be more of a confrontation than fight,” Buschmann explained. The security […]

  • In wake of Charlottesville, local group fights for the removal of Confederate monument in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After a series of violent incidents among protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that were sparked by disagreement over a Confederate monument, many cities are having conversations about their own Confederate monuments. There’s a group in the Tennessee Valley fighting to get rid of the Confederate monument in front of the Madison County Courthouse. The conversation rankles on both sides. Some feel it should be removed. “I just hate anything that has to deal with racism.” said Shirley Little. […]

  • Local organizations host events in response to Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right Rally”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – On Sunday many people gathered in Big Spring Park to have a candlelight vigil for Charlottesville. Many people in attendance say they are still trying to wrap their heads around what took place in Virginia. The “Stand With Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil” was put on by the organization Indivisible. It was a way for people to honor the three victims and several others injured during the “Unite the Right Rally”. Faith in Action Alabama also held a press conference […]

  • Update: Fire investigation underway in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – The Madison Police Department blocked off a portion of Highland Drive while they investigate a house fire they believe to be suspicious earlier this morning. The area blocked off was between Cherry Road and Spring Water Drive. Crews arrived to the house in the 800 block of Highland Drive around 1:15 a.m. They found a two-story house fully-engulfed in flames. It took firefighters roughly an hour to get the flames under control. Someone in the area told […]

  • Parents have mixed feelings about Madison City Schools dismissing early for eclipse

    MADISON, Ala. – Superintendent Robby Parker announced that Madison City Schools will dismiss early on August 21, for the eclipse. He said the reason behind the early dismissal is because of the children’s safety. When viewing the solar eclipse you have to wear special glasses, or risk facing eye damage. Parker said they’ve had many of those glasses donated to the schools, but said he can’t guarantee some aren’t fake. He said there’s no way of ensuring children’s eyes will not […]

  • Shocking opioid arrest rocks small town fire department

    MOULTON, Ala. – A shocking arrest has left a small town and their fire department reeling. A Moulton firefighter was recently arrested and is facing drug charges connected to a heroin investigation. We spoke with Moulton’s Fire Chief, Patrick Jolly, who describes the situation like a punch in the stomach, because his department is like a family. “We spend time together, our kids see each other,” he explained. So when Chief Jolly got the call from the Moulton Police Chief about […]