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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!


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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, […]

  • Our Taking Action investigation airs Tuesday, November 26 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.

    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 […]

  • Flies in the Kitchen, Cleaner by the Food

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  • Fried Foods, Fried Score

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Fuel King at 619 Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville: Score of 84 Fried chicken 123F Fried pork chops 120-125F Fried livers 125-126F Golden Spoon Award: Emma’s Tea Room at 401 Pratt Avenue in Huntsville: Score of 99

  • UPDATE: Final Resting Place: A Taking Action Investigation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s peace of mind – making sure when the time comes, your funeral arrangements are taken care of.   Barbara Hill thought she was covered.  She purchased and paid for her funeral arrangements 17 years ago with Twickenham Funeral Homes & Memory Gardens in Huntsville.  She paid more than $2,000 for everything, and had the final receipt to prove it. What she didn’t know, was Twickenham Funeral Home sold in 2011.  New ownership took over, called Hampton […]

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    Final Resting Place: Tonight at 10 p.m.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s peace of mind — making sure when the times comes your funeral arrangements are taken care of. But what if the burial spot you were promised, is missing and your files have disappeared?  This happened to Barbara Hill and it could happen  to you. Coming up Tuesday, November 5th on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m., we investigate an alarming situation at a Huntsville funeral home and why all your pre-planning may have you questioning […]

  • Roaches Make For a Scary Halloween

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Hazel Green One Stop & Spirits at 14001 Hwy in Hazel Green: Score of 81 Fountain drink nozzles were not clean. J Mart at 1100 Hwy 72 East in Athens: Score of 73 Outside faucet built-in backflow damaged. Drink Nozzles need cleaning. Open drink in display cooler. Drink on counter. Mexico Lindo Supermarket Restaurant at 501 S. Jefferson St. in Athens: Score of 83 Meat in Refrigerator 50F. Roaches. Golden Spoon Award: Golden Spoon: Dale’s Steakhouse […]

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    Consumer Alerts: Halloween Safety Tips

    For many people, Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes and go door to door with children.  But it is also about safety. Below are tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) designed to help keep the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests. · Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. · Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. · Fasten reflective tape to costumes […]

  • Warm Ranch, Half Eaten Food in Fridge

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Cheeburger Cheeburger at 5000 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville: Score of 84 Food items were held at 52F-64F (sliced cheeses, sauces-horseradish, thousand island, ranch) in the top of the make-table-reach-in-cooler). Beyond 4 hour limit/with no time temperature documentation. Akshar Discount Food Mart at 14 AL Hwy 168 in Douglas:  Score of 76 Inside of ice maker and flour sifter needed to be cleaned. Chicken fingers at 125 degrees. Half-eaten personal food container in freezer with facility foods. […]

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    Consumer Alert: Tainted Breast Milk & Colored Contact Lenses

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