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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.


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    Hundreds came out to annual Chili Challenge in Athens

    ATHENS, Ala. – Hundreds came out to the Hospice of Limestone County’s annual Chili Challenge. Businesses and other groups cooked up gallons of different flavored chili. Mark White decided to come back to the annual challenge in Athens. His reason wasn’t the beans or the meat. “It was cancer,” said White. On August 8th of last year his father went in for gallbladder surgery. That’s when doctors found the spots. “At that time we didn’t know how much longer daddy […]

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    NASA unveils Space Launch System upper stage

    DECATUR, Ala. – We are one step closer to space! Today in Decatur, NASA unveiled a part of the Space Launch System. The SLS is the worlds most powerful rocket that will launch astronauts into deep space. “It’s a terrific day as you can see behind me it’s the first upper stage for NASA’S SLS Rocket. We’re going to roll it out of here and take it to Kennedy Space Center. It will be the first integrated piece of the big […]

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    Recruiters to bring in thousands of new soldiers in the Southeast

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Army says it’s open for business. 1,900 recruiters are expected to bring in thousands of new soldiers to the Southeast. Some of the positions being recruited will offer up to $40,000 bonuses for signing up. “My higher headquarters increase across the United States is about 6,000. Our brigade focused on the Southeast is taking about 2,000,” Colonel Patrick Michaelis said. The Army’s new requirement will be to have 68,500 men and women serving. Colonel Michaelis said […]

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    Report finds Huntsville drivers spend an extra $1300 annually

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – $4.2 billion. That’s how much a national transportation research group claims Alabamians are paying to drive on deficient roads and bridges. The group, known as TRIP, found that just by driving in Huntsville you’re spending an extra $619 on vehicle operating costs. But that’s not all, you’re also paying $196 for safety. Plus, $510 on congestion. When you total that up, you’re forking out an extra $1325 a year. “Because there is a lack of transportation funding, the roads are more deteriorated […]

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    Madison father pushes for autism insurance reform

    MADISON, Ala. – The Autism Society of Alabama is pushing for an insurance reform. One in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism. The society said thousands of families in Alabama could benefit from a reform. Alabama is one of five states that doesn’t mandate insurance coverage for effective autism therapies. That’s why parents like Craig Osborne are urging lawmakers to do something. “What services we have had in the past have been very expensive and most of those services have […]

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    “I’m going to pray to Jesus” – Owner and employee clean up 37-year-old business destroyed by fire

    A Huntsville man is cleaning up after a fire destroyed his business. It started around 6:30 Saturday morning at Mattress Max on Jordan Lane. “Parked my truck and tried to go in. Didn’t figure it was worth going to get anything. Then the fire department and police department showed up, started putting water on it,” owner Bob Lanier said. Lanier has owned Mattress Max for 21 years. The store opened up in 1980. “I had a lot of personal stuff […]

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    Utility construction project causes traffic backups

    MADISON, Ala. – We know road work can really have an impact on your life. If you’ve been driving on Hughes Road lately, you’ve probably noticed big dirt piles. While it means improvements are coming, these signs of progress aren’t always easy to deal with. The Madison Utility Department is in charge of the project and are fixing a sewage line. You might remember the project was pushed back after a study showed the work wasn’t feasible. Now, it’s back […]

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    TAKING ACTION: What’s up with the Town Madison project?

    MADISON, Ala. – We’re working to learn more about a big project: Town Madison. Thursday morning, we got a viewer email asking: “Is there any news at all on Town Madison? Once in a while I will hear a street construction update, but nothing about the status of retail or residential things. We live nearby and we’re hoping this project would have been up and running by now. We were excited initially, but now not sure if it’s ever going […]

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    Alabama Secretary of State to refresh state voter rolls

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama Secretary of State is cleaning up the voter rolls. Secretary of State John Merrill’s office is mailing out cards the 3.3 million registered voters in the state. “We’re trying to make sure that they know we want to preserve the activity of the voter rolls. We want to add credibility to the voter rolls,” Merrill said. He said the best way to accomplish those goals is getting in touch with every voter in the state. Merrill […]

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    Barrels of Love Campaign calls on Morgan County businesses

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Barrels of Love group is calling on Morgan County businesses to help feed the needy. It’s the fifth year the county is holding the campaign to fill up local food pantries after the holiday season. “During the holiday season there are a lot of can drives that go on throughout the area and those items benefit a lot of these agencies. But they use those during the holidays. So, during the first part of the year […]

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    How to protect yourself as flu cases rise in the Tennessee Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – According to the Alabama Health Department, Alabama is one of the top four states nationwide leading the flu epidemic. The majority of the cases are north of Birmingham, right here in the Tennessee Valley. “You may wake up one morning and feel great. At noon you feel like a truck has hit you,” Cynthia Whitten said. Whitten is a nurse practitioner at Huntsville Hospital’s walk in clinic on Airport Road. She said symptoms of the flu can be […]

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    Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at Oakwood University Church

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Internationally renowned civil rights activist Al Sharpton made an appearance at Oakwood University Sunday night. The Oakwood University Seventh Day Adventist Church hosted a special community assembly that started at 6 PM. Senior Pastor Dr. Carlton Byrd presented a message emphasizing unity through diversity, which was followed by a response from Reverend Sharpton. Reverend Sharpton is the founder of the National Action Network. He has dedicated his life to the fight for justice and equality.  The assembly kicks off […]