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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, 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
  • 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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    More Answers for Gold’s Gym Members in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Members who were recently in the dark over the Gold’s Gym closure in south Huntsville have new information at their hands. WHNT News 19 has learned the Gold’s Gym location at 7900 Bailey Cover Road in Huntsville, Ala. was independently owned and operated by Witherow Holdings, LLC.   As a result of their sudden closure in December, Witherow Holdings, LLC is no longer affiliated with Gold’s Gym corporation. The Gold’s Gym headquarters in Dallas, Texas also tells […]

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    Toxic Cleaners & Pooling Grease Make Inspectors Frown

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Whitt’s Barbecue at 29905 Jones Ave. in Ardmore: Score of 81 Unlabeled toxic cleaners. Personal drinks sitting on active prep table. Carson’s Grill at 12060 County Line Rd. in Madison: Score of 81 Grease pooling on ground around tallow can. Cheese, chicken, ribs 50F. Chili 117F. Improper cups, Improper location. Elks Lodge at 725 Franklin Street in Huntsville: Score of 83 During inspection, a spray bottle containing cleaning solution was without proper labeling. During inspection, beef cooked […]

  • Belle Chèvre Looking Forward to 2014

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – For 25 years Belle Chèvre has been hand-crafting fine French style goat’s milk cheeses in Elkmont. Chèvre, if you don’t know, is French for goat, and over the years this special cheese has gained 50 national awards from the American Cheese Society and other institutions including national magazines. But, here’s a little secret about the cheese you may not know, and we’re not talking ingredients. The cheese makers are all family, and have been playing […]

  • Moldy Food and Sewage Spoil Appetites

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Cajun Café & Catering at 704 Hwy 231 in Lacey’s Spring: Score of 81 Tank full, sewage on ground. Complete approved course within 120 days. Evergreen at 2350 Florence Blvd. in Florence: Score of 84 Unmarked cleaner labeled. Food with mold discarded. Personal drink removed. Mei Wei Asian Diner at 6290 University Drive in Huntsville: Score of 79  Raw chicken was 54F and raw beef was 62F. Open employee drinks were on prep surfaces and also […]

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    Pulaski’s Free Dental Day is Friday, Dec. 13

    PULASKI, Tenn. (WHNT) – A Pulaski dentist will offer her 5th annual Free Dental Day this Friday, December 13.  The event grows larger every year. This year, Dr. Tesa Reeves will bring in 24 dentists from around the country to help.  Registration begins at midnight tonight (12 a.m. Friday, December 13) at Pulaski’s Elk Lodge, at 1415 West College Street.  Dental care will begin at 7 a.m. All ages are welcome, and it’s first come first serve.  Patients can get […]

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    Juice Drinks: The Secret Ingredient You Weren’t Expecting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Juice drinks and pouches have been around for decades. They certainly have made life easier on parents, not to mention the little piece of mind knowing that many brands available on store shelves are preservative free. A good thing – or so we think: Parents and children have been discovering a nasty hidden ingredient inside the boxes and pouches. Mold! WHNT News 19 spoke to Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Dr. […]

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    Deli Meat on a Dirty Box

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: New China Buffet at 207 Jordan Lane in Huntsville: Score of 83 Raw shell eggs were 54F, and cooked noodles were 47F. Several employee drinks were improperly stored. A & D Food Mart at 19230 East Limestone Road in Athens: Score of 68 Cleaners on prep table. Damaged Fryer Baskets and Cutting Board. Can opener needs cleaning. Opened drinks in display cooler. Craig Grocery at 20462 Huntsville Brownsferry Rd in Tanner: Score of 73 Meat slicer, […]

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    Customer: Members-Only Club Pressured Him To Sign Contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s an elite club for members only. With more than 100 stores nationwide and in Canada, you may have heard of them. DirectBuy claims by becoming a member, you can get your hands on favorite household brands, without the retail markup. Huntsville is home to a DirectBuy storefront located at 6515 University Drive NW. But over the years, WHNT News 19 has received several consumer complaints, alleging the company is not what it seems, and its […]

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    Eating In Has Advantages

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Gibson’s Bar-B-Q at 8412 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville: Score of 84 The fryer basket wires were broken and the portable freezer units were cracked. The ice machine interior was dirty. The ice was in contact with a dirty surface inside the ice machine. The Country Store at 9395 Pulaski Pike in Toney: Score of 81 Meatloaf 122F, macaroni and cheese 123F, corn dogs 127F, and wings 128F. Hot dogs 55F, banana pudding 55F, deli meat 56F, […]

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    BBB Names Winners of 2013 Torch Award for Ethics

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama hosted its 16th Annual Torch Awards celebration today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville and announced the winners and finalists of its Torch Award for Ethics. The BBB also recognized five North Alabama “Students of Integrity” who were selected to receive this years’ Torch Scholarships. GaN Corporation, a Huntsville based company and Nucor Steel – Decatur served as the event’s Presenting Sponsors.  Both companies were winners of the 2011 […]


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