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Brandon Chambers joined the WHNT News 19 team in June 2011.

Brandon was born and raised in Oklahoma, but his roots run deep in the South. In fact, his grandfather was born here in the Tennsessee Valley in Decatur.

Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a meteorologist for a TV station in Oklahoma City for 7 years before moving to the Tennessee Valley. His time in Tornado Alley–where he covered weather ranging from destructive tornadoes and hail to ice storms and blizzards–prepared him well for the wild weather of Dixie Alley.

A lot has happened for Brandon since moving to Huntsville. It was here he met WHNT’s anchor/investigative reporter Carrie Marchese. The two were married on the Amalfi Coast of Italy in 2013 and welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Branson, in 2014.

Recent Articles
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    McDonnell Elementary teacher connects with the entirety of students’ lives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When a 5th grader takes the time to write a nomination letter for her teacher, you know that educator is doing something right.  Valerie Hereford of McDonnell Elementary received this week’s Tools for Teachers award–and the $319 for classroom supplies that comes with it–because of the impact she’s had on a student named Danielle. It’s Ms. Hereford’s ability to connect with the whole of a student’s life inside and outside the classroom that allows her to […]

  • Assistant principal leaves a legacy of compassion

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Forest Hills Elementary assistant principal Chris Pepper is about to complete his 30th-and final-school year as an educator.  He’s retiring this year, but his impact will not soon fade away.  He’s founded two clubs-the “Mighty Men Club” and the “Gents Club”-where students that need it can learn to be successful in the classroom environment. Mr. Pepper’s legacy of compassion for students has earned him this week’s Tools for Teachers award and 319 dollars to spend in […]

  • Not even cancer can diminish this teacher’s commitment to students

    MADISON CO., Ala. (WHNT) – The Tools-for-Teachers spotlight this week shines on Bambi Dean, a third grade teacher at Mt. Carmel Elementary whose inspirational story is a testament to the commitment she has for her students. We heard about our honoree from a mother who expressed a deep gratitude for the impact Ms. Dean had on her son, who faces some special challenges from Asperger’s Syndrome. But her story goes beyond that. “Two years ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer,” Ms. Dean […]

  • East Limestone’s Deshonna Ford coaches and teaches to impact lives

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is East Limestone High School’s Deshonna Ford, a  committed teacher who is reaching kids through business classes and by coaching the track team.  We recently surprised Ms. Ford in her classroom with 319 dollars to spend on school supplies. Ms. Ford began her professional life in the business world, and from that perspective she saw a need that prompted her to make a career change. “I was working in HR before I got […]

  • Fourth grade teacher has been refining her craft for 37 years

    FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WHNT) – You can usually assume a couple of things about a teacher who has taught for nearly 40 years.  First, they  have a passion for the job, and second, they have developed a skillset that makes them very good at that job.  You’d certainly be right if you’re talking about Diane Wilson, a fourth grade teacher at Ralph Askins Elementary in Fayetteville.  She is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recently received our $319 classroom surprise. A […]

  • Second grade teacher known for demonstrating a heart for students

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of 319 dollars for classroom supplies is Chrissie Willett, a second grade teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary in New Market.  She’s been teaching second grade for more than twenty years and is known around the school for the compassion and love she demonstrates to her students on a daily basis. It was actually her heart for students that garnered Ms. Willett this nomination. Lynn Gann, a mom of […]

  • Asbury special needs teacher recognized for her impacts

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award and 319 dollar prize for classroom supplies belongs to Beth Hanner, a resource teacher at Asbury Elementary. She was nominated for this honor by Kristin Ellison, a mother thankful for the impact Ms. Hanner has had on her son’s life. Kristin’s son has a high-functioning form of autism, and she told us that, while every Asbury teacher works hard at making a difference in every student’s life, it’s especially  Ms. […]

  • James McKenzie

    Career tech teacher is producing both champions and all star employees

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) – At the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (EPCOT) in Jackson County, one career tech teacher has demonstrated his abilities by producing back-to-back-to-back champions in national skills competitions, but, more importantly, he’s producing all-star skilled employees for the work force. James McKenzie won WHNT’s weekly Tools for Teachers Award and $319 to spend in his shop. Attitudes toward vocational training have evolved a lot in recent years, but misconceptions still linger.  For instance, the idea that a career […]

  • Veteran special-education teacher brings compassion and composure to the classroom

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers Award and 319 dollar prize for school supplies belongs to Robert Gilley.  Mr. Gilley is a special education teacher as well as an Iraq War veteran currently serving in the National Guard as a Sergeant First Class military police officer.  He’s been teaching for 13 years and has served our country since 1990. Mr. Gilley was nominated for this honor by the parents of a current Fyffe student.  They wanted to thank their […]

  • Crestline veteran teacher resisting retirement for at least one more year

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lisa Shelton, a second grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle, received WHNT News 19’s Tools for Teachers Award, which comes with 319 dollars to spend in her classroom.  She’s been teaching for 35 years and could retire, but she tells us she’s not ready to watch from the sidelines yet. “I also feel like there’s so much more to do, and I think that’s why I’m not ready to retire just yet,” Shelton said. “I […]

  • From metaphors to peer mentors, this Elkmont teacher gets creative teaching math

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Linda Schmidt, a math teacher at Elkmont High School known for her creativity and relentless pursuit of understanding. Whether it’s a food metaphor relating hot dogs and hamburgers to geometry or letting kids explain concepts to each other, Ms. Schmidt  leaves no method untried when it comes to a student’s understanding. This recognition comes with $319 to spend as she sees fit in her classroom, but the cash is just […]

  • From TV producer to 8th grade English teacher

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A prior career as a television-news producer prepared Jodie McNutt well for her current job as an 8th grade English teacher. Her work still revolves around using words to paint a mental picture for an audience; only now instead of writing scripts for anchors to read, she’s teaching students at Scottsboro Junior High the artistry of the well-written word. Ms. McNutt is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of $319 for classroom supplies. She’s […]


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