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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 served for seven years as a meteorologist in Oklahoma City, where he covered weather that ranged from destructive tornadoes and hail to ice storms and blizzards.

Other than his passion for weather, Brandon's interests include almost all sports (especially baseball), hunting, fishing, flying, and just about anything else that will get him outdoors.

Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

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    Valleywx.com: 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 Valleywx.com as frequently as needed for the rest of the day. Just leave a browser window open on your computer […]

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    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 Valleywx.com. You can also watch live updates on WHNT.com – our meteorologists will update you until the storms are out of the Tennessee Valley.

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    Austin High Teacher Honored for Helping Students With Real Life Skills

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Getting a good education isn’t just about the basics of English, math, science and history.  A wide variety of elective courses makes a well-rounded student. Students at Austin High School love their family consumer science teacher, Bethany Gonzalez.  Gonzalez has a hands-on approach to teaching hands-on skills. Her classroom environment is for honing real world abilities, and the kids certainly stay busy. “My students, some of them will be helping build a Habitat for Humanity house […]

  • Social Studies Teacher Brings Military Experience to the Classroom

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This weeks Tools for Teachers honoree and recipient of 319 dollars is David Weiss, a Social Studies teacher at Central School in Lauderdale County. His day job involves teaching junior high kids geography and civics, but he also serves as an Army Reserve soldier and has been deployed to Iraq. Mr. Weiss is known for his structured, but caring, classroom environment. He credits military training for influencing his approach to teaching. “In leadership and the […]

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    Live Blog: Friday Morning Storms

    Strong to severe storms are moving through the Tennessee Valley this morning. Expect strong winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and even some hail. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 AM; we will be here watching it with you and keeping you updated on Valleywx.com and on WHNT News 19. Click here to read our live blog.

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    Valleywx.com: Storms Weaken, Tornado Watch Cancelled Early

    A tornado watch has been cancelled early, as storms weakened as they moved through the Tennessee Valley. The severe threat is over for north Alabama; the next round of strong or severe storms is possible by Sunday night/Monday of next week.  See the forecast discussion athttp://www.whnt.com/weather/forecast/ for the latest ideas about that situation.

  • Lively Buckhorn Teacher Brings Energy To The Classroom

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Michelle Jacks, a 14-year veteran English teacher at Buckhorn Middle School who is known for her enthusiastic approach to the job of educating.  Ms. Jacks makes learning so much fun, in fact, that over a dozen students wrote us hand-written letters to us, nominating her for this honor. We surprised Ms. Jacks in the BMS library with 319 dollars to spend as she see fit in her […]


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