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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
  • Local engineer plans to capture solar eclipse from the sky

    TAFT, Tenn — As thousands of people in the Tennessee Valley prepare for Monday’s solar eclipse, one man is preparing to watch it thousands of feet in the air. Paul Johnson is an aerospace engineer on Redstone Arsenal. His love of space and flying prompted his latest idea to watch the solar eclipse 25 hundred feet in the sky. He plans to fly in style on his yellow 1941 J-3 Cub. His trip will start at home in Taft, Tennessee. […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator charged with child sex crimes

    A longtime Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Roland Campos, has been arrested for sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class C felony. ​ His mugshot and charges were not listed on the Madison County Jail website as of noon Saturday, even though WHNT News 19 has learned through sources that he was arrested Friday evening. The sheriff’s office oversees the jail. The mugshot and charges did appear on the jail website after 3pm on Saturday. It notes that Campos […]

  • Hands Across the Border aims to stop impaired driving

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Law enforcement in Alabama and Tennessee are pairing up to stop impaired driving. As part of the Hands Across the Border initiative, there will be a road block on both sides of the state line Friday evening. “All of us are out in force trying to make sure everybody arrives alive at their destination,” said Lt. Tony Burnett. Booze it and lose it. That’s the message law enforcement in both states want you to know. “Often […]

  • Ex-teacher accused of kidnapping teenage student wants out of jail, files new motion for freedom

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Tad Cummins, the former teacher in Tennessee that is accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and taking her cross-country to have sex, has now filed a motion to get him out of jail while he awaits trial. Cummins and his alleged victim were the focus of a month-long AMBER Alert that followed them across the country. They were eventually found in rural California. Cummins was returned to Nashville to face trial. The motion says Cummins is […]

  • Decatur native among the missing after Army helicopter goes down in Hawaii, family member says

    DECATUR, Ala. – A family member tells WHNT News 19 that Decatur native Brian Woeber was among the five crewmen aboard a UH-60 Army Black Hawk helicopter when it went down near the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The UH-60 Black Hawk went missing during a training mission when another Army helicopter lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. “Our aviation assets, as well as all of our soldiers, train […]

  • New voting law to impact Alabama GOP runoff

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama’s new crossover voting law is in effect. That means whichever party ballot you chose in the primary, is the one you’ll have to stay with for the runoff. “If you voted the Republican ballot you’ll be able to vote in the Republican runoff. If you elected to not participate at any level yesterday, then you can go vote in the Republican runoff on September 26,” said Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill. Merrill said the Democratic […]

  • Voters labeled as inactive urged to update their info

    Candidate Mo Brooks finished third in the Republican Senate primary with 20% of the vote, but casting his own vote also came with some hurdles. Brooks was among several Alabama voters who were listed as inactive when they went the polls. The Secretary of State’s office says no one was denied the right to vote, but some did have to update their status. Secretary of State, John Merrill says every four years the state must update its voter rolls. From […]

  • Huntsville attorney sheds light on Title IX lawsuits

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a former student accuses a University of North Alabama professor of sexual assault. The suit also claims UNA violated Title IX by covering up the alleged assault. UNA released a statement that said it disputes the allegations, implying the former student is attempting to extort the university for money. WHNT spoke with a Huntsville attorney, Eric Artrip, who is familiar with Title IX law. Artrip’s law firm handled what’s know as the “Sparkman […]

  • Experts weigh in on UNA Title IX lawsuit after sexual assault cover-up allegations

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A former University of North Alabama student is claiming that a professor sexually assaulted her and that school officials covered it up. A federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of an unnamed plaintiff, claims former UNA Marketing professor David Dickerson sexually assaulted the student multiple times on a university trip. UNA said it “vehemently disputes” the allegations. It also accuses the unnamed student of filing a false lawsuit to extort the university for money. Decatur attorney, Greg Reeves, […]

  • Common Core debate continues among State Board of Education members

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An advocacy group for the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards was at the State School Board work session today. The goal of Alabama GRIT was to make sure board members understood its stance on the possible resolution to cut Common Core. A resolution to evaluate the Common Core Standards was discussed. The resolution, proposed by Betty Peters is to get rid of the current academic standards for the next school year. In 2010, the Yellowhammer State adopted […]

  • Plans for a new city hall are in Huntsville’s future

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The city of Huntsville is working to figure out how to build a new city hall. Officials said there are several efficiency issues because it was built more than 50 years ago. Mayor Tommy Battle is working with an architect to conduct a logistics study. City administrator John Hamilton said the city isn’t looking to move far away. In fact, they are hoping to rebuild right across the street from where the municipal parking garage is. Officials […]

  • POLICE: Bridge Street Monaco Theatre shooting suspect faces assault charge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police Department confirmed the Bridge Street shooting suspect is facing a charge of assault in the first degree. Lt. Stacy Bates said the 15-year-old from Huntsville turned himself in. Two teenagers were involved in an altercation that resulted in a shooting just outside the front doors of the Monaco theatre Saturday evening around 9:30. The 16-year-old victim is from Madison. The victim is expected to survive. Because both the shooter and the victim are juveniles, their […]