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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.

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.

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. Carrie's work has also been recognized with the William Randolph Hearst Award and The Society of Professional Journalists. Recently, she 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.

Recent Articles
  • Bare Hands on Your Food?

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Texaco at 1809 Hwy. 72 E. in Athens: Score of 72 Toxic cleaners stored on ice maker and above three chamber sink. Milk held at 51F. Chicken tenders held at 120F, Pizza held at 126F. Little Texas at 202 S. Jefferson Street in Athens: Score of 83 Cheese 46F. Bare hand contact with ready to eat food. Country Inn & Suites at 101 Westchester Drive in Madison: Score of 80 Open personal drink stored in the […]

  • Rusty Ice Bins, Dirty Utensils

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Express 99 at 18020 Highway 99 in Athens: Score of 68 Lack of date marking. Rusty ice maker. Potentially hazardous food items in warmer. Opened drink in sandwich cooler. Canebrake Club (The Grille) 23015 Founders Circle in Athens: Score of 80 Lack of date marking. Drink nozzles and meat slicer need cleaning. Cups in improper location. Repeat Offender: Greenbrier Restaurant at 27028 Old Highway 20 in Madison: Score of 74 Ice maker needs cleaning. Dirty bins and […]

  • Moldy Veggies & Warm Pudding Don’t Cut It

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: New China Restaurant at 11521 US Hwy 431, Suite in Guntersville: Score of 83 Floor drain from the hand sink was backing up. Ready to eat products in cooler without date marks. (Lo Mein and Chicken) Yum Yum Tree at 212 N. Broad Street in Albertville: Score of 83 Pudding containing milk and eggs held at 70 degrees. Molded vegetables discarded. Tanner Chevron at 20531 Huntsville Brownsferry Road in Athens: Score of 80 Eggs and sausage […]

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    Taking Action Consumer Alert: SIDS & Curbing Infant Deaths in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Each year, 4,000 infants die suddenly. Half of those deaths are due to SIDS, also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Now, there’s new startling data that shows Alabama’s infant mortality rate is increasing. This sent mom-to-be WHNT News 19’s Carrie Marchese in search of ways to protect her baby boy, due in May. SIDS is defined as deaths in infants less than 1 year of age that occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and whose causes of death […]

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    Taking Action Tax Tips for 2014

    Taxes can be a daunting task.  But these days, the Internal Revenue Service is doing everything possible to keep it easy and manageable. And much of the work can be done from the comfort of your own home. Last year, nearly 120 million taxpayers opted for the safest, fastest and easiest way to submit their individual tax returns.  It’s called IRS e-file and you can easily head over to the IRS website to find 14 reputable commercial tax software companies. […]

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    Where Are Those Oysters From?

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Another Broken Egg Café at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr. in Huntsville: Score of 82 No documentation for food manager’s course. Food items were held at 44F to 59F in the grill cooler drawers and reach-in-cooler (raw beef, sausage, milk, heavy cream) Chili was held at 47F in the walk-in-cooler. The chili was prepped on 02/02/14. In & Out Mini Mart at 30697 U.S. Highway 72 in Madison: Score of 74 Failing septic system. Not sanitizing […]

  • Rodents on the Run

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

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    Patent Trolls: A Taking Action Investigation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Innovation is the heart of Huntsville. We create things every day that prosper our economy. But with creativity comes deceit. Patent Trolls have made their mark in the Tennessee Valley, targeting business owners and companies. Recently, Bill Loden, a local home inspector, contacted WHNT News 19 to share his story. A company called Home Services Inc. sent him a letter claiming he was infringing on their patents. This all stems from an infrared camera that Loden uses […]

  • Wings, Pizza and Chinese, Not Cutting the Mustard

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Touchdown Wings at 1124 US Hwy 72 East in Athens: Score of 77 Damaged fryer baskets. Chicken fingers and wings 55-108F. Drinks on prep area   Pizza Hut at 209 Hwy 31 South in Athens: Score of 80 Cracked plastic lids. Dirty spatula’s and drink nozzles. Lack Food Course Accreditation.   New Hong Kong Kitchen at 1338 Winchester Road in Huntsville: Score of 83 During inspection, beef was observed hot holding on the buffet table at […]

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    Rodents on the Loose

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: 88 Buffet at 6125 University Drive in Huntsville: Score of 79 The dishwasher was not sanitizing the dishes and utensils. Cutting boards were in poor repair and a milk carton was used as a scoop and it was not clean around the top. Ready to eat potentially hazardous food was not labeled in the cooler. Beef was 54F and milk was 74F. K & S Deli & Grocery at 21745 Al Hwy 99 in Elkmont: Score […]

  • Dirty Dishes, Dirty Hands

      Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Taco Bell at 1040 US Hwy 431 in Boaz: Score of 83 No certified manager. Soda nozzles needed to be cleaned. Happy Hollow Market at 8145 County Road 47 in Florence: Score of 82 They weren’t sanitizing dishes. Repeat Offender From October 31: Mexico Lindo Supermarket Restaurant at 501 S. Jefferson St. in Athens: Score of 78 Cracked scoop. Raw meat display cooler 50F. Improper washing of hands.  Golden Spoon: McGee Farm Kitchen at 8211 […]

  • Mini Marts Told to Clean Up

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Lakeview Tackle & Grocery 2200 Gunter Avenue in Guntersville at 81 Hose connected without protection device. Soda nozzles needed to be cleaned. Hot dogs, corn dogs held below 135 degrees. East Lake Market 3625 Lake Guntersville Street in Guntersville at 82 Inside of ice maker needs to be cleaned. Pulaski Mini Mart at 4001 Pulaski Pike in Huntsville: Score of 82 Hot holding violations in warmer: grilled chicken 109 F, grilled rib 119 F, hot dog […]


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