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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
  • Family and friends march to end gun violence, remember loved ones lost

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —It has been a little over a year since Lussonia Montague lost her 18-year-old nephew Phillip Montague Junior to gun violence. “At first I couldn’t get up. It took a while for me to come out my room. I stopped eating and I cried every day, every night,” Montague said. She copes with it in her own way “It was like every day I was calling his voicemail. I would call it three times and the third time […]

  • Alabama community outraged over alleged police brutality against 17-year-old

    TROY, Ala. — Graphic images showing a 17-year-old, badly injured after an encounter with Troy Police, are causing outrage on social media.  The post has thousands of shares and comments. The teen’s relatives claim the teen is a victim of police brutality by the Troy Police Department. TPD says they arrested the teen on Christmas Eve after he fled from officers and led them on a lengthy foot pursuit. The police claim that the teen resisted arrest and kept reaching […]

  • Santa Claus makes a stop in Huntsville to wish everyone a Merry Christmas

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — For the last 22 years Santa Claus has set up shop at a home on Westmoreland Avenue to greet residents in the community. “It’s a Christmas Eve tradition for us for many, many years,” Marie Burns said. The Burns have visited Santa every Christmas Eve for the last 10 years. “Every year we open our pajamas, we go through the lights, and we always stop here and see Santa and it changes over the years,” Julia Burns […]

  • Local veteran writes song to raise awareness about PTSD

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — “You have so many veterans and soldiers that have PTSD. We have a lot of veterans commit suicide because of that,” Singer/songwriter Ally Free said. Free is also a veteran and is using the power of music to spread awareness about PTSD. “Music is the universal language. Anywhere you go whether you are happy, sad, mad and angry or whatever you’re going through. There’s not a day that goes by that there’s not at least one song […]

  • Residents frustrated with flood prone road in Hartselle neighborhood

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – A lot of rain in a short amount of time means flooding. But for one Hartselle community, flooding is a year-round problem! The people living on Targum Road have been trying to get the issue fixed for years. “If someone comes in here and hydroplanes, they are out of here. My sister got killed on December 31st after hitting a whole a lot of water like this,” James Dobbs explained. Flooded streets are something personal to Dobbs, his sister lost her […]

  • Lawrence County Commission starts new contract with Morgan County Animal Control, not everyone is happy

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Lawrence County has been working for months to try to solve its ongoing animal control issue. In August, the county voted and approved a new animal control building to be built on County Road 150, across from the old International Paper Mill property. This all started after the county’s old animal control officer Bobbie Taylor was accused of abusing animals in her care in 2015. For the last six months, the commission has had a contract with […]

  • ‘Armed and dangerous’ man who escaped the Lauderdale Detention Center twice back in custody

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. -The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office says Christopher Kilpatrick is in police custody in Tennessee. He’s the man police say escaped the detention center for the second time on Saturday. Authorities first learned of his escape when Kilpatrick’s parents called. They told police he stopped at their home Saturday night. Chief Deputy Richard Richey, with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, says Kilpatrick was trying to run from police in Macon County, Tennesse when he crashed the vehicle he […]

  • Local couple’s Christmas display helps raise funds to benefit senior veterans organization

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Six thousand Christmas Village pieces take a long time to collect. Candy and Richard Jones have been doing so for 30 years. “We see a building and we both look at one another. We say well, we don’t have that one. We got to get that because we don’t have one, and it just has taken on its own life,” Candy explained. Candy and Richard said making and buying villages has become their obsession, but it […]

  • Nosey the elephant’s owners arrested on animal cruelty charges

    MOULTON, Ala. — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the owners of Nosey the elephant, Hugo Liebel and his wife, were arrested Saturday morning on animal cruelty charges. They were both released on a $1,000 bond. Lawrence County Sheriff’s office says Hugo & Franciszka Liebel’s bond is $1,000 each. Sheriff’s office says warrants for their arrests were issued 3 weeks ago, just waited until after the hearing, which happened yesterday, to be served. #NoseyTheElephant @whnt pic.twitter.com/uaTG4WfO7q — Aaron […]

  • Huntsville City Schools increase security measures to protect students and faculty

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Thursday marks five years since the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. The 26 lives that were taken that day continue to be remembered. The mass shooting changed the way many schools across the country handle their security including Huntsville City Schools. “I think all school districts all across the nation looked at their procedures and looked at things that they could learn from and improve,” Huntsville City Schools Spokesperson Keith Ward. Huntsville City Schools now […]

  • Lincoln United Methodist Church may have burned down but the memories made there will never fade

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Carolyn Thompson and Eloise Hudgins grew up in this area and went to Lincoln United Methodist Church.  “It’s where we were married, we were baptized the old-fashioned way in a creek about a mile down the road, but this is home to us,” Hudgins said. When the church caught fire on Sunday the sister’s hearts sank. They were thankful no one was injured, but they were worried about two things. “I was so worried that the tree […]

  • Puerto Rico Aid: Local missionary collecting donations before travelling to hurricane ravaged country

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Thousands of families in Puerto Rico are still struggling after Hurricane Maria hit the island earlier this year, but one local ministry is working to bring some aid. Prophet to the Nations is collecting monetary donations and several other items to take to Puerto Rico.  CEO Ella Rodgers said she is traveling to Puerto Rico this week and will be taking all of the cash donations to buy food, water, and solar lamps.  Rodgers said the […]