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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
  • Huntsville neighborhood concerned over recent drug raids

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People in a Huntsville neighborhood say recent drug raids have them worried and they’re making those concerns known to their councilman. Lydia Drive has become a neighborhood many thought it would never be. Neighbors said it was a street once filled with respectable people. They say it still is, but one local says a few bad seeds have moved in. “It’s just something unusual. I have been living there for more than 50 years,” one Lydia Drive […]

  • Being proactive is the key to keeping students safe according to Limestone County School officials

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – In light of the mass shooting in Parkland, school security has been on the minds of many.  Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk said the way they stay prepared for an active shooter is being proactive “Thirty-two years ago when I went into this profession, I never ever thought we would be having these kinds of conversations or that we would have to make these kinds of investments,” Sisk explained. Keeping kids safe is a top […]

  • Community buries stray dog who became family and drew them together

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 200 million stray dogs in the world. Many end up in an animal shelter or even dying. But for one dog named Bruno, his story played out a little different thanks to a small community of people. A community with great stories about the dog. “One of the people on Facebook delivered pizza. She posted she has been feeding Bruno pizza and cheese sticks for years,” said […]

  • Madison City Schools propose redistricting plan, public hearing planned for next week

    MADISON, Ala. – Zoning lines for some Madison City Schools could be moving for the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Robby Parker introduced the plan Thursday night. “We are not trying to find seats for children right now. The main reason that we are rezoning right now with the small strategic rezone is to keep schools socially economic equal,” Superintendent Robby Parker explained. The school system is calling this a modest rezoning plan, as it would only reassign roughly 200 students […]

  • Limestone County Schools has plan set in place in case there’s ever an active shooter

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Schools have dealt with recent school threats. Superintendent Tom Sisk said they take every threat seriously and if something was to happen they are prepared. Sisk said his school district has a three-layer defense plan set in place in case there’s ever an active shooter. “First off we were the first county school system to partner with Limestone County Commission. They have invested more money to ensure we have an armed resource officer in […]

  • Threatening message in bathroom prompts investigation at Sparkman Middle School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Officials with Madison County Schools are investigating a threat at Sparkman Middle School The school tells us there was a threatening message written in the bathroom. School principal, Russ O’Rear send an alert out to parents this morning alerting them of the threat. He says school administrators and school resource officers are investigating. He also says additional deputies are at the school to help. O’Rear has told parents they are allowed to check their children out […]

  • Does the warmer weather help stop the flu?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In Alabama, The State Department of Public Health is currently investigating close to 100 related influenza deaths. The number of people getting the flu keeps rising, but the warmer weather may start to make a difference. With spring-like temperatures in late February, folks are loving every minute of it. “When I saw the weather forecast I was like okay, let’s get some of this energy out of her.” Madison County resident Chandler Foster said. People took advantage […]

  • Community members gather in Big Spring Park to honor Florida school shooting victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Florida school shooting has been on the mind of many people across the country including right here in Huntsville. To honor the 17 murdered victims, about 100 people gathered in Big Spring Park to have a candlelight vigil Sunday. “I actually got the notification when I was sitting in class. The superintendent said there was a mass number of casualties and I kind of just looked up from my phone and said to my teacher there’s […]

  • Morgan Co. business owner asks for theft suspect to return his stolen property

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – A Morgan County man is asking for help after his truck, trailer and business equipment were stolen from him. Howard Seymore considers himself a compassionate person. “I’m always the kind of guy that would help anybody. If I see somebody on the side of the road with a flat tire, my wife tells me not to do it because you will have a bad experience doing that, but in my heart deep down I find it necessary to […]

  • Local company gifts youth with opportunity to see a superhero that “looks like them”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s being hailed as a cultural moment. Black Panther has hit the theaters. Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, 17 movies in the main Marvel Comics canon have been released. Every high flyer, strong man, and web-slinger in the starring role has been white. It’s such a shift that a local company is giving almost 100 people the chance to see the movie this weekend for free. “It was about five years ago, and once […]

  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers support to Parkland community after school shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One non-profit is doing what it can to help the Parkland community cope. “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance” has offered its assistance to a church in Florida. Covenant Presbyterian Associate Pastor David Kling said when something tragic happens many find themselves asking why? “Everything seems like it is turned upside down and you are asking the question why? Why did this happen to us? How could God let this happen?” Kling said. He said it’s a normal question to […]

  • City of Decatur recruiting at least 200 skilled trade workers

    DECATUR, Ala. – Contractors in Decatur are looking to expand their operations by hiring at least 200 skilled trade workers and journeymen, due to the demand of the local economy. Skilled workers are needed to satisfy the immediate needs of local contractors. The City of Decatur has created a recruitment plan to reflect the importance placed upon being a community enriched by gainful employment through trade professions. The city is hoping to use their Facebook page for recruiting.