Carrie Marchese

Carrie Marchese joined the WHNT NEWS 19 team in September 2010 as the consumer/investigative reporter and anchor of WHNT NEWS 19 at Noon.

If there's one phrase to describe this west coast transplant, it's being relentless in the pursuit of truth. Carrie prides herself on taking action on stories that bring about real results. From digging through piles of paperwork, researching for hours on end, or taking viewer concerns to top officials, Carrie will do anything and everything possible to get the information viewers depend on.

"For me, it's about being a champion for those who get lost in the shuffle," said Carrie. "I want to expose wrongdoing, and show the viewers who they can trust, and who they cannot! That's how I want to make a difference."

Prior to moving to the Heart of Dixie, Carrie spent three years as an anchor/reporter at KRCR-TV in Redding, California. During her tenure, Carrie established herself as an investigative journalist who could get answers. One of the stories she's most proud of involved the battle over medical marijuana in a small county in northern California.

"It's a new type of gold rush out there," said Carrie. "Hundreds of people are moving to this rural county to legally grow and illegally sell medical marijuana. To make matters worse, there are only seven sheriff's deputies in the entire county, and the Sheriff admits he is virtually powerless to stop it."

Carrie's investigation gave a voice to dozens of homeowners in the area who felt they were being forced from their homes. The situation also caught the attention of several state officials who are implementing new marijuana regulations as a result of the story.

Another source of pride for Carrie is her extensive work with veterans, and the Missing in America Project. Carrie was the first reporter in northern California to highlight the work of this small group, who infiltrates funerals homes nationwide to find the ashes of local veterans whose courageous efforts to protect our country have long since been forgotten.

"This story changed me as a person," said Carrie. "One of the veterans we found served in the Korean War, and his remains had been sitting on a shelf in the back of a funeral home for years. His family didn't know where he was, and I was able to track down the family, and help them give their loved one a proper military funeral. It was an overwhelming experience."

Prior to California, Carrie worked at KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona as an assignment editor and writer/producer. She credits her time in Phoenix and work with the KPHO Investigative Team with sparking her passion for investigative journalism.

Carrie is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Her work has also been recognized with the 2005 William Randolph Hearst Award, and the 2006 Society of Professional Journalists Award.

When not at work, you will likely find Carrie outside hiking or gardening. And don't be surprised if her little Shi Tzu, Zorro, is with her!

Recent Articles

  • Popular Eateries Not Keeping a Clean Kitchen

    Posted on: 10:57 pm, April 17, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Hardee’s at 1369 8827 Highway 20 in Madison: Score of 82 • Raw chicken cold holding...
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  • E-Cigarette Liquid Poisonings on Rise in Alabama

    Posted on: 9:14 pm, April 5, 2014, by , updated on: 04:46am, April 7, 2014

    E-cigarettes can smell pretty delicious, with many of flavors tasting like candy. But that appealing taste and smell, along with...
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  • Rodent Droppings, Dirty Dishes Not Cutting the Mustard

    Posted on: 10:40 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Lil’ Dottie’s at 18025 Nuclear Plant Road in Athens: Score of 75 • Not sanitizing dishes...
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  • Ant & Rodent Droppings Don’t Cut the Mustard

    Posted on: 12:09 am, March 28, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Repeat Offender: From 5/9/2013                                                                                      B & K Grocery at 15238 Huntsville Brownsferry in Athens: Score of...
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  • Repeat Offenders Not Making the Cut

    Posted on: 11:45 pm, March 20, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Repeat Offender: 9/12/2013 Tiger’s Grill at 30440 Ardmore Ave. in Ardmore: Score of 81 Eggs held...
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  • Bare Hands on Your Food?

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Texaco at 1809 Hwy. 72 E. in Athens: Score of 72 Toxic cleaners stored on ice...
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  • Rusty Ice Bins, Dirty Utensils

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, March 6, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Express 99 at 18020 Highway 99 in Athens: Score of 68 Lack of date marking. Rusty ice...
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  • Moldy Veggies & Warm Pudding Don’t Cut It

    Posted on: 10:44 pm, February 27, 2014, by

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: New China Restaurant at 11521 US Hwy 431, Suite in Guntersville: Score of 83 Floor drain...
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  • Taking Action Consumer Alert: SIDS & Curbing Infant Deaths in Alabama

    Posted on: 4:59 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 08:37am, February 27, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Each year, 4,000 infants die suddenly. Half of those deaths are due to SIDS, also known...
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  • Taking Action Tax Tips for 2014

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 10:43pm, February 19, 2014

    Taxes can be a daunting task.  But these days, the Internal Revenue Service is doing everything possible to keep it...
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  • Where Are Those Oysters From?

    Posted on: 11:00 pm, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 04:15am, February 14, 2014

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Another Broken Egg Café at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr. in Huntsville: Score of 82 No...
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  • Rodents on the Run

    Posted on: 10:50 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    In this week's edition of Restaurant Ratings, one eatery shows evidence of rodent activity in the kitchen.
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