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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, chasing crooked plumbers down, or taking viewer concerns to top officials, Carrie will do anything and everything possible to get the information viewers depend on.

Carrie spent three years as an anchor/reporter at KRCR-TV in Redding, California. During her tenure, she 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.

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.

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 been recognized with the William Randolph Hearst Award and The Society of Professional Journalists. Carrie is also an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and won an Emmy for her small role in the tornado coverage of April 27th, 2011.

But her greatest achievement happened in May of 2014, with the arrival of her first child, Branson David Chambers. And if that last name rings a bell, that’s a good thing. Carrie is married to WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Brandon Chambers.

When not at work, you will likely find Carrie outside gardening or taking long walks in Downtown Huntsville. Her little Shi Tzu, Zorro, will likely be huffing and puffing alongside her and the baby.

Recent Articles
  • Restaurant Ratings: Pink Stuff in the Ice Machine?

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Buffalo Wild Wings at 5901 University Drive in Huntsville: Score of 82 Excessive grease around barrel. Waste water from mop sink sitting in women’s restroom. Damaged fryer baskets. Ice machine had pink residue inside. Dubs Burgers at 400 S. Jefferson St. in Athens: Score of 82 Several cracked plastic food bins. Chicken Salad at 54F. Repeat Offender: 7/31/2014 Mr. Crite’s BBQ at 6723 Snake Rd. in Athens: Score of 82 Cracked plastic bins. Opened drink in refrigerator. […]

  • Are you a helicopter parent, overly protective and unwilling to let your child fail?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s a type of parenting that has gotten a lot attention lately. A quick search on the term “Helicopter Parenting” defines it as a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. They get the name because, like helicopters, they hover overhead and often become overly involved in their child’s life. Dr. Stacy Ikard with Cornerstone Counseling Center in Huntsville says she’s seen this first-hand in her […]

  • IRS Phone Scam Won’t Let Up

    An aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not.  Unfortunately, this scam seems to be gaining steam here in the Tennessee Valley. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is […]

  • Scammers target businesses on Facebook

    There’s a new scam targeting Facebook users who have professional business pages. The scammer initially seeks out the business through a private message, with a timeline post or by accessing the email or phone number provided on the business page. A local photographer contacted WHNT News 19 after she was sought out by a potential customer wanting photography services for a family reunion. Their exchanges via email took a wild turn, when the “potential customer” wanted assistance with paying his event planner. WHNT […]

  • New breast milk depot in north Alabama helps our tiniest citizens

    MADISON, Ala. – Experts say breast milk gives babies a healthy start that lasts a lifetime. But not all babies can reap the benefits. That’s why the need for donor milk is so very important. Now, thanks to a new facility in Madison, mothers and babies have more options. Connections Breastfeeding supports the Mother’s Milk Bank of Alabama.  They collect breast milk donations from women all across the Tennessee Valley. Then, the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama, which is located in […]

  • Food Trucks: Rules, regulations and why it’s so worth the work!

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – The food truck frenzy has arrived in the Tennessee Valley.  We are salivating for the variety they offer and their tasty dishes on demand. But don’t think it’s easy work being in the food truck business.  Food trucks not only have to follow the same health and safety standards as regular food establishments, they also have to have a commissary permit.  Meaning, an additional work space where they prepare and hold their food.  That means 2 health […]

  • The Dish on Golden Spoons

    Golden Spoon Awards: Chat N Chew at 3663 Cloverdale Road in Florence: Score of 99 I Love Bacon Food Truck: 116 Washington Street in Huntsville: Score of 99 Shababy’s Rib Shack at 6046 Highway 53 in Harvest: Score of 99  

  • Consumers say local company’s high pressure sales have taken them to the cleaners

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you get coupon packets in the mail? Chances are, if you decide to rifle through the options, you’re looking for some savings. Recently, Oxi Fresh of North Alabama has used direct mail coupons as a means of advertising. The carpet cleaner is a local franchise that operates under a national umbrella. They claim to use the world’s greenest cleaner and tout the fastest dry time. The local franchise’s office is in Madison at 6949 Wall Triana […]

  • Ash trays and food don’t mix

    The Hard Dock Café in Decatur scored a 72. The Gridiron in Boaz scored a 74.

  • Dirty hands, dirty ice, dirty utensils!

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Repeat Offender From October 2014 Donna’s Barn & Café at 24671 Elkton Road in Elkmont: Score of 65 Lack of back flow prevention on outside faucet with hose. A failing septic system. Ice maker needs cleaning. Not reheating cheese to proper temperature. Washing hands in water less than 100F. Ramada Inn at 4880 University Drive NW in Huntsville: Score of 78 Food items were not 41F or less. {Milk & Yogurt} Equipment and utensils were not […]

  • Evidence of rodents spotted under one restaurant’s counter

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: O’Charley’s at 6152 University Drive in Huntsville: Score of 84 Employee observed touching apron and then bare hand contact with ready to eat food without washing hands. Cajun Steamer at 301 Pelham Avenue SW in Huntsville: Score of 77 Flies were present next to back door and other areas. Chemical spray bottles stored improperly. Food sauce not cooled properly and was held at 45F in walk-n-cooler the next day. Drink stored above food prep area. Raceway […]

  • Mops and utensils don’t go hand in hand

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: River Food Mart at 1038 Blount Avenue in Guntersville: Score of 78 Utensils washed in mop sink. Hand sink is required near utensil washing area. Soda nozzles and ice maker needed to be cleaned. Repeat Offender: June of 2013 Tienda Maya II at 316 1/2 Martling Road in Albertville: Score of 81 Meat slicer needed to be cleaned. Opened personal drink in kitchen. Golden Spoon: Ann’s Sports & Grill at 3228 Lodge Road in Huntsville: Score […]