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Chelsea joined the WHNT News 19 team in October of 2016. She comes to the Tennessee Valley from the Rocky Mountains.

She previously worked as an anchor, reporter and sometimes weather girl for KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho. While out west, she covered stories of local government corruption, wildfires and cold cases. She also reported about moose on the loose and potatoes.

Chelsea is no stranger to Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama, earning her degree in broadcast journalism. She is extremely happy to be back home near family and friends.

When she isn’t out chasing stories, Chelsea enjoys hiking, watching college football (Roll Tide!) and cooking.

She is passionate about Taking Action and Getting Results for you. If you have a story idea, or just want to chat, send her an email at chelsea.brentzel@whnt.com.

Recent Articles
  • Governor Ivey passes law for free tuition for Alabama National Guard

    “It not only helps the Alabama National Guard, I think it also helps Alabama as a whole.” Sergeant Major Bill Fisher says a new law allowing current and new members of the National Guard will help the Yellowhammer State be more educated. “We have a lot of current guard members who because of the way things were, haven’t put a focus on their education because of the out of pocket expense and our expectation is that through this bill there […]

  • Drugs account for 43 percent of Madison County accidental deaths in 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Madison County Coroner’s Office confirms it’s first ever carfentanil death. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, carfentanil is a synthetic opiod that is 10,000 time more potent than morphine, and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. Madison County Deputy Coroner Tyler Berryhill says based on 2017 statistics, Madison County averages a drug related death every five days. Drug related deaths account for 43 percent of the accidental deaths in Madison County this year. Berryhill says there’s been a […]

  • “This stuff will kill you,” HEMSI officials on opiate/heroin epidemic

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three people are recovering after a drug overdose in Madison County.  HEMSI officials tell us the call came in around 2:30 Thursday morning. It’s scenes like that first responders are calling a public health crisis. “What happens is that there wasn’t anybody around when they shot up, their trip isn’t to the hospital it’s to the funeral home,” said Don Webster with HEMSI. Webster said HEMSI has responded to more than 400 overdose calls in 2017 and 44 […]

  • City of Madison in negotiations to fill old Madison Kroger Site

    MADISON, Ala. – It’s been 8 months since the Kroger on Hughes Road moved. Many people wonder what, if anything will move into the old building. Madison Applebee’s general manager, Anne Smiddy, told WHNT the closed signs on the old building didn’t just stop people from coming to Kroger. She said restaurant business is down $6,000 or more per month because of it too. “Really just not having the traffic and people coming in and out has really slowed down […]

  • Huntsville Police Department explains crime notification process following several robberies

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police continue to search for more people believed to be involved in a string of robberies in southwest Huntsville. Two people have already been arrested in connection with the crime. However, neighbors we spoke with in the area are concerned that they were never notified when the robberies first happened. Those people did not want to go on camera in fear that they would become a target. We took those concerns to Huntsville Police Department, who said […]

  • Man who hired Huntsville terrorism suspect reacts to arrest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned that Aziz Sayyed, the 22-year-old charged with supporting an act of terrorism, worked at the IHOP on Highway 72. Former IHOP General Manager, Hani Zatier, told WHNT Sayyed was a hard worker. The terrorism suspect started at the restaurant as a dishwasher in 2014. “Then a couple months later his language was getting really good. So, he told me ‘Look I really want to be a server to make the money’,” said […]

  • Neighbors react to terrorism arrest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Those who live in Twickenham Village apartments are getting back to normal following a chaotic FBI raid Thursday evening. Huntsville police arrested Aziz Sayyed, 22 for soliciting or providing for an act of terrorism. Neighbors were surprised to learn the raid and arrest was regarding one of their new neighbors. “He was a nice guy. You know, every time he’d come down we’d talk about the weather and the cat,” said Karry McCubbins. McCubbins and his wife said […]

  • Local officer explains how Barry Larry Terry and his raccoon became a social media sensation

    MOULTON, Ala. – A fake mug shot posted by the Moulton city police department has garnered a lot of social media attention. “I was very surprised. I think we are up to 6,000 shares,” said Officer Russell Graham. Russell Graham is a Moulton City Police officer. On Tuesday, he posted this photo along with other mug shots on the police department’s Facebook page. “It just looked humorous to me, there were several that I went through and I said there’s our […]

  • Madison pastor reflects on importance of mission work

    MADISON, Ala. – As the community continues to mourn the death of 17-year-old Sarah Harmening, others in the Tennessee Valley are on their way to do the same work she intended to do. Members of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison left this weekend to go on a mission to Panama. ​”To hear this news hits home because we are involved in so many mission trips, we get on buses, we ride to Atlanta or other places, we go […]

  • Local faith leaders ask community to pitch in prayers for Mt. Zion Baptist Church

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mt. Zion Baptist Church leaders are asking for prayers and time to heal. They said it’s going to to take time to make sense of the tragic bus crash that killed one of their members, and injured several others. Now other local churches are not only offering their counseling services, but are asking their members to pitch in prayers. Members of Asbury United Methodist church prayed for the Mt. Zion victims during their weekly prayer on Thursday […]

  • Attorney releases photos after man claims emotional support dog attacked him on flight

    DAPHNE, Ala. – The attorney representing the Alabama man who claimed he was attacked by a emotional support dog while on board a Delta Air ​Lines flight has released pictures of the injuries. According to a statement released by attorney Ross Massey, Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Alabama suffered several lacerations, including a puncture through the lip and gum. Jackson was released from the hospital after receiving 28 stitches. The attorney said his client is scheduled to have a consultation with a […]

  • Huntsville woman demands answers after friends become hit and run victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville woman is demanding answers after her friends became hit and run victims. Anna Robinson claims investigators aren’t doing enough to find out who is responsible because the two people that were hit had been released from the hospital– alive. Huntsville Police Department confirms the incident happened around 10 p.m. on June 3 on Zierdt Road. “I hopped off the bike and started running towards them. I waved my hands that a car was coming but the next second they […]