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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
  • Former AAMU professor accuses school of firing him because of his sexual orientation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A former Alabama A&M University professor claims the school violated his civil rights while he was employed. According to our news partners at AL.com, Edward Jones was terminated from AAMU in March of 2016. University officials said they fired Jones after discovering videotaped sex acts with students on his laptop. The former tenured educator claims he was fired from AAMU because of his sexual orientation. The lawsuit also accuses AAMU police of unlawfully searching and taking items […]

  • Deputy involved in controversy at Skate Castle faces federal lawsuit filed previously for excessive use of force

    DECATUR, Ala. – A Morgan County deputy at the center of a controversy at a local skating rink, is facing a federal lawsuit for previous allegations of excessive force being used during an arrest. Earlier this week, video of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy handcuffing a young girl at Skate Castle in Decatur sparked outrage The owner of Skate Castle defended the deputy’s actions at the rink, saying the girl in the video physically struck the deputy while he was trying to […]

  • City leader calls for communities to work together to stop the violence after recent string of shootings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Investigators are continuing to search for witnesses in a string of shootings in north Huntsville. As the Huntsville police department continues their investigation, City Councilman Devyn Keith is also working to find a way to stop the violence. Four shootings have happened within a weeks time, and Councilman Keith is concerned. “Anytime you see a spike in crime specific to certain areas that we normally don’t see, you have to ask yourself, ‘Who are the perpetrators?'” HPD […]

  • UNA student wants a public apology for how officials responded to Title IX allegations

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The judge in the Title IX lawsuit against the University of North Alabama has ordered the plaintiff to respond to UNA’s motion to dismiss by November 1. When news of the suit broke back in August, the university put out an aggressive statement denying the allegations that it covered up the sexual assault of a student by her professor. The statement prompted a peaceful protest on campus. The organizer of that protest, Ashley Massey, even had a […]

  • Skate Castle owner responds after video of off-duty deputy handcuffing minor goes viral

    DECATUR, Ala. — A video showing an off-duty Morgan County Deputy handcuffing a minor has gone viral on social media since Saturday. The incident took place at Skate Castle in Decatur. WHNT News 19 spoke to the owner of the 55-year-old business who defended the off-duty officer’s actions. He said putting handcuffs on a child is a last resort solution for the business, and that the whole story isn’t being told. J.A. Phillips, the owner of Skate Castle, said the incident […]

  • Huntsville Police search for offender after multiple sexual attacks at downtown parking garage

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After multiple sex crimes at the Clinton Avenue parking garage, Huntsville Police are asking for help locating a suspect. New images released by Huntsville Police Department show a man investigators say approached a woman and exposed himself. Huntsville Police Spokesperson Sgt. Jonathan Ware tells WHNT News 19, “Over the last month we have had a couple of reports of individuals exposing themselves in the parking garage downtown.” HPD believes they are looking for different men in separate […]

  • Parkway Place Mall to close on Thanksgiving for second year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The company that owns Parkway Place Mall will be continuing a recent Black Friday trend, closing their doors on Thanksgiving. CBL Properties announced the decision that for the second year in a row, 62 of the company’s locations will shut down for the holiday. “For a shopping center to close for an entire day is a very rare thing,” said Molly Mitchell, the spokesperson for Parkway Place Mall. The decision to push shopping time back allows families […]

  • UNA responds to federal Title IX lawsuit, provides university’s timeline of events regarding alleged sexual assault

    FLORENCE, Ala. –  The University of North Alabama has responded to a federal lawsuit accusing it of Title IX violations. UNA is asking for a dismissal of the lawsuit based on protections provided by the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The Amendment addresses the sovereign immunity of states. That type of immunity is the legal idea that a state is protected from any criminal prosecution or civil suit. UNA claims because it’s a state agency it can’t be sued. […]

  • UNA responds to lawsuit involving an alleged sexual assault cover-up

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has responded and is asking for the dismissal of a Title IX lawsuit accusing the school of covering up the sexual assault of a student by her professor. UNA is citing the Eleventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which addresses the sovereign immunity of states.  The public university, therefore, claims it is a state entity prohibited from being sued. The federal lawsuit, filed in August on behalf of an unnamed plaintiff, says that […]

  • Madison County investigators work to understand motive behind murder-suicide

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is still working to get to the bottom of a murder-suicide. According to investigators, 57-year-old Mark Fecteau drove to the home of 37-year-old Charles Hunt early Thursday morning. Investigators believe Fecteau shot and killed Hunt around 4:30 a.m., then drove to his home in Hazel Green where he committed suicide in front of his wife. According to court documents, Fecteau was supposed to appear at a preliminary hearing for a drug trafficking charge […]

  • Porch Pirate – Homeowner catches package thief on home surveillance cam

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville homeowner is trying to track down a man who stole a package off his porch. On Wednesday afternoon, a UPS delivery man dropped off a package at James Bartlett’s home. A few minutes later a young man walked up, checked through the windows and grabbed the package. This porch pirate wasn’t very smart though. As the thief was looking around to see if anyone was inside the home, he didn’t notice that he was being […]

  • Lacey’s Spring business named in illegal gambling lawsuits filed by Alabama Attorney General

    LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. – State Attorney General Steve Marshall filed multiple lawsuits against businesses that operate electronic gaming machines. The lawsuits were filed in Greene, Houston, Lowndes, Macon and Morgan counties. We spoke to one local business manager who is adamant they are not doing anything illegal, but AG Marshall disagrees. River City Entertainment is located in Lacey’s Spring off of Highway 231. A manager who spoke with WHNT said she isn’t worried about the lawsuit. She explained that customers play […]