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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
  • Guntersville teacher mixes heart with hands-on learning

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Barbara Boyles, a science teacher at Guntersville High School.  Like many of our award winners, Ms. Boyles came to teaching a little later in life.  She’s been a chemist and owned her own business-experiences she brings with her into the classroom-but being a parent may have influenced her teaching style even more. Ms. Boyles is known for creative hands-on learning when it comes to teaching science, but it’s her […]

  • Priceville teacher uses both numbers and community service as teaching tools

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  This week’s Tools for Teachers honoree is Ashley McCulloch, a math teacher at Priceville Junior High.  She’s known for her abilities inside the classroom, but it’s her role as advisor to the school’s Junior Civitan Club that garnered her this recognition and the 319 dollar prize for school supplies that goes along with it.  She was nominated by Ed Higdon, a leader in the Civitan organization. The Civitans are an international community service organization with a […]

  • Alaina Pettus teaches a variety of skills through robotics

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – In one particular classroom at Brooks High School, you’ll find a variety of subjects being taught: from marketing and design to scientific method and engineering, it’s all here in the robotics lab.  Though it’s the robots themselves teaching many of these lessons, the teacher in charge is Alaina Pettus.  Ms. Pettus founded the program three years ago, and her tireless commitment has earned her our Tools for Teacher’s award of $319 to spend in her lab. Under […]

  • Skyline Kindergarten teacher of 30 years says students keep her going

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – She’s been teaching for 30 years.  Now a former student’s son is getting the benefit of learning from a woman who made a lasting impact on his mom. This week, we surprised Debbie Hastings, a Kindergarten teacher at Skyline School with our $319 Tools For Teachers award.  Hastings has taught kindergarteners for 30 years, and that takes a special kind of person. “The school is lucky to have her. The community is lucky to have her,” […]

  • Every day is a new day in this first grade class

    Meridianville, Ala. (WHNT) – For nearly 30 years, Lynn Fanning elementary has been home to one committed first grade teacher.  She’s already well-known in the Madison County School system; now it’s time to tell the rest of the Tennessee Valley about Carol Patton. She’s this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner. With camera in hand, we surprised Ms. Patton with $319 to spend in her classroom as she sees fit. Ms. Patton was nominated by parents Robin and Stewart Mitchell. They wanted to […]

  • Engineer-Turned-Teacher Draws from Real-World Experience

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT)  –  Before beginning his 17-year teaching career, Boaz Middle School science teacher Joe Milner was an engineer, and before that, a biologist. He even has a master’s degree in engineering. But he gave up those career opportunities to become a teacher and better care for his children, and by doing so, found his true calling. He is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of $319 to spend in the classroom. Mr. Milner now brings his real-world […]

  • Monrovia Elementary teacher takes unique approach to teaching history

    MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a lesson so important it begs to be taught outside of the classroom.  Each school year, Monrovia Elementary’s  teacher Jesse Schmitt has a unique way of teaching his students about Anne Frank. The lesson has a lasting impact and it’s just one of the many reasons he’s being recognized in this week’s Tools For Teachers segment. Schmitt takes the lessons out of his 5th grade classroom and brings them to life for his students. “In […]

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    This “new” teacher is far from inexperienced

    SYLVANIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Alan Smart is a history teacher/football/softball/bass-fishing coach at Sylvania school and is the latest recipient of WHNT’s $319 Tools for Teachers award. Coach Smart has  only been teaching for two years, but he’s far from inexperienced. For 25 years, he was a mechanic in a mill but made the leap to teaching when his mill shut down. That transition wasn’t easy. For two and a half years, Smart commuted to Jacksonville State furthering his own education before becoming […]

  • Veteran Kindergarten Teacher Keeps Kids on Their Toes

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT’s Tools for Teachers award this week goes to Connie McFall, a kindergarten teacher at Plainview Elementary School in Rainsville. She’s been on the job for 28 years and is still keeping a step ahead of her energetic students. Ms. McFall was nominated by April Hamilton, a grateful mom who appreciates how much her son loves his kindergarten and his teacher. “My son comes home every day talking about how great she is and what he’s learned,” April told […]

  • Recognizing Danville’s Veteran Agriscience Teacher

    DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The FFA and agriscience programs at Danville High School are the envy of many schools around the region, thanks in large part to Sandy Fields, who’s been teaching for 28 years. Mr. Fields is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner, which comes with $319 to spend as he sees fit in his shop or classroom. He was nominated by a current student who says Mr. Fields is a “trusted mentor, adviser, and friend to everyone […]

  • Band director settles for nothing less than students’ best

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers mission this week took us to the James Clemens High School band room, where we surprised band director Keith Anderson with $319 to be spent as he sees fit on supplies. Mr. Anderson was nominated by Clemens sophomore, Natalie Falkenberry, who really appreciates the dedication he has for the music program and the example he sets as a human being. She also likes the awards the band is already winning on a […]

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    Second Grader Thanks Her Teacher for Making School Fun

    Lincoln County, Tenn. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers award winner this week is Suzette Pike, a second grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary.  She was officially nominated by Dr. Bill Edwards, but the idea actually came from his daughter Rhiannon Edwards, a student currently in Ms. Pike’s class.  According to Dr. Edwards, Rhiannon is really loving school, which hasn’t always been the case, and he credits Highland Rim as a whole but especially Ms. Pike. Like many of our […]

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