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
  • Lexington School Teacher Leaving a Legacy of Excellence

    Lexington, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award recipient is Lexington school’s Shelain Collier, a veteran teacher who is in her 25th and — sadly for the Lexington school community — final year. She was nominated by second grader Maggie Brady who loved her experience in Mrs. Collier’s first grade class last year. On Maggie’s behalf, we surprised Mrs. Collier with $319 to spend in her classroom. Like so many in the Shoals area, Mrs. Collier felt the […]

  • Overview of severe weather potential for Monday/Tuesday

    This post is intended to give a general overview of the severe weather threat facing the Valley Monday and Tuesday. For a lengthier and more detailed discussion of not only our severe weather expectations, but also tonight’s weather and the cool-down that follows the upcoming storms, head over to the main forecast page. — A long-lived severe weather event is likely around much of the Southeast Monday and Tuesday, including here in the Tennessee Valley. Some questions remain as to […]

  • A Young Choir Teacher is Already Making Her Mark in Muscle Shoals

    Muscle Shoals, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honor goes to Christina Booker, a music teacher at Muscle Shoals Middle School. She received 319 dollars for supplies during WHNT’s surprise classroom visit. Despite the fact she’s only in her second year as a teacher, Ms. Booker is already changing the landscape at this school by injecting a fresh dose of enthusiasm into the choir programs, getting middle school kids excited about vocal performance. It was the mother of […]

  • West Limestone teacher strives for positive impacts

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers spotlight shines on Tobie Craig, a third grade teacher at West Limestone School. We surprised Mrs. Tobie (as the kids call her) with $319 to spend in her classroom as she sees fit. She was nominated fellow teacher Amanda Gibbs, whose son is in Craig’s class. Gibbs credits Mrs. Tobie for sparking her son’s interest in reading. “Mrs. Tobie has given Daniel confidence and motivation to do his best,” Gibbs […]

  • Principal: “Joan Scott has probably taught half of Arab to read”

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Joan Scott, a Marshall County teaching institution. We surprised Ms. Scott at Arab Primary with $319 to spend on teaching supplies as she sees fit. Ms. Scott has been teaching for more than five decades, and despite the fact she technically retired a few years back, she’s still touching lives as a Title One reading teacher at Arab Primary School.  During the course of her illustrious career, multiple […]

  • Caring and Concern-Hallmarks of This Week’s Tools for Teachers Honoree

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – This week, we feature Wanda Shaw as WHNT’s Tools for Teachers award recipient. She teaches kindergarten at West Decatur Elementary, and, with the help of several administrators, we surprised Mrs. Shaw in her classroom with 319 dollars cash to be spent on teaching supplies. She was nominated by fellow teacher Janet Foster, who admires the compassion and the sacrifices Shaw makes for the children in her care. These sentiments were echoed by all those we met […]

  • Pisgah English teacher finds success by keeping things simple

    PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honor goes to Tammie Bass, a middle school English teacher at Pisgah School. In addition to a little spotlight on WHNT News 19, she received $319 dollars for classroom supplies during our surprise visit. Ms. Bass was nominated by the mother of a Pisgah student, who appreciates the “no nonsense” approach Bass takes to teaching. This veteran teacher of more than 25 years tells us that she hopes her students gain […]

  • Albertville Teacher’s Message to Students: Be Yourself

    Albertville, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honoree and recipient of $319 cash for classroom supplies is Spring Charles, a veteran educator in her 16th year of teaching. The first 15 years of her career were spent teaching Albertville’s 2nd graders, but this year she’s taking on a whole new set of challenges by teaching technology to the students of Albertville Middle School- many of whom she had taught previously. Ms. Charles was nominated for this recognition by […]

  • Teach for America transplant now calls the Tennessee Valley home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honoree hails from Pennsylvania, brought to J.O. Johnson High School by the Teach for America program three years ago. But because of the love for her students, the school, and Huntsville, Emily Heller now calls the Tennessee Valley home. It’s that commitment that makes her so popular among the Johnson High community, and why one student in particular wanted to say thanks by nominating Ms. Heller for this award. Keyana Lewis, […]

  • Mill Creek Elementary Teacher Makes School Less Scary

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – This year’s first recipient of WHNT’s Tools for Teachers award is Cheryl Campbell, a third grade teacher at Mill Creek Elementary School. She was nominated for this honor by Kandace Butler, mom to one of Mrs. Campbell’s former students. Butler wanted to say thanks for helping her daughter love school again, and we obliged by surprising Mrs. Campbell in her classroom with 319 dollars to spend on educational tools as she sees fit. Mrs. Campbell tells […]

  • LIVE Blog – Tornado Watch Issued Until 10 p.m.

    A tornado watch is in effect for north Alabama as well as Franklin and Lincoln counties in southern Middle Tennessee until 10PM. Although the threat is not quite as extreme as yesterday, another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is a possibility from this afternoon through tonight, including the possibility of a few tornadoes. We’ll be updating this live-blog on as frequently as needed for the rest of the day. Just leave a browser window open on your computer […]

  • LIVE Blog: Tornadic Storms Move Through Tennessee Valley

    A strong storm system is moving through the Tennessee Valley, which has produced tornadoes already. The WHNT News 19 meteorologists are on the air and updating a live blog on You can also watch live updates on – our meteorologists will update you until the storms are out of the Tennessee Valley.