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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
  • Children’s advocacy expert shares warning signs of inappropriate teacher-student relationships

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Research shows the state of Alabama has the highest rate of school personnel engaging in sexual contact with youth in the nation. “We all appreciate teachers who really care, teachers who really engage with our children and who want to help them develop,” said NCAC executive director Chris Newlin. He said sometimes those relationships can go too far. There are some signs parents need to look for. “Teachers should not be having individual texting activities with students. They […]

  • A community comes together in prayer for Elizabeth Thomas’ safe return home

    COLUMBIA, TN. – Family and friends gathered Saturday in prayer for Elizabeth Thomas’ safe return to Columbia, Tennessee. “I do ask that if Mr. Cummins if you’re listening, that you may bring her back to us so you can mend not only our family but yours as well.” Emotional pleas came from 15-year-old’s loved ones. Elizabeth’s father also addressed the man police believe kidnapped her. “He didn’t just steal from me. He stole from the Maury County community. We are going to […]

  • Social media users beg Tad Cummins to bring Elizabeth Thomas back

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 found two Instagram accounts believed to belong to 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and 50-year-old Tad Cummins. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation claims Cummins possibly used his role as a teacher to lure Thomas and potentially sexually exploit her. A number of people on social media feel the same way. One Instagram user commented on Cummins page saying, “This entire Instagram account shows a predator grooming his prey. I hope this young girl is rescued safely and this […]

  • Fire near Huntsville apartment complex was a controlled burn

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Some who live at a Huntsville apartment complex were alarmed when a large fire was burning too close for comfort. It happened Tuesday night near Fisher Street apartments in Huntsville. It turns out a business beside the apartment complex had a 3-day burn permit. While the apartments are in city limits, the business is in the county. Captain Frank McKenzie with Huntsville Fire and Rescue said burning is illegal in the city. That’s why his department alerts the public […]

  • Sixth grader from Huntsville to compete in the national spelling bee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A sixth grader from Huntsville is heading to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Erin Howard is a student at Mountain Gap P-8. Saturday night she defended her title as the Alabama State Spelling Bee champ for the second year. It’s actually not Erin’s first time competing at the national bee, she was there last year. “I placed 45th out of 284,” said Erin. It’s an impressive stat she’s hoping to beat. State […]

  • Why do we have earthquakes in North Alabama?

    TRINITY, Ala. – Generally earthquakes are pretty rare east of the Rocky Mountains. However, in North Alabama they are somewhat common. It’s because we aren’t far from the New Madrid Fault. It’s situated along the Mississippi River, centered at New Madrid, Missouri. According to the USGS, earthquakes east of the Rockies can be felt over an area ten times larger than a similar magnitude quake out west. Which could explain why some WHNT News 19 viewers commented on our Facebook […]

  • HEMSI explains how paramedics handle crowded scenes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the past 24 hours HEMSI personnel have been called out to chaotic scenes with a crowd of people. First it was the shooting at Citgo. And then on Cotton Row where a baby died Friday morning. We wanted to know how officials deal with these types of situations. “To look for scene safety that’s the first thing that we do. I mean, we’re going to protect ourselves because we can’t do any good if the paramedics that […]

  • $10,000 reward for information regarding torched Athens USPS mail box

    ATHENS, Ala. – The United States Postal Inspection Service needs your help. Investigators are hoping to find the person responsible for torching a collection mail box at the Athens post office on Market Street. They believe the crime took place late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. This is really bad for those of you who dropped off any mail in the drop box between Monday and Tuesday. Nothing inside was recovered. If you mailed anything important, especially a bill […]

  • Umpire arrested during junior high baseball game

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. – Sports fans have been known to sneak alcohol into games. But this case, it’s a baseball umpire that is accused of putting liquor in his water bottle. Now, he’s facing a public intoxication charge after Priceville Police said he drunkenly called a junior high game on Monday night. “From my understanding they confirmed there was alcohol in the water bottle,” said Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins. Hopkins went on to say, “I wasn’t even sure that it […]

  • AAMU students get free vehicle check up before spring break

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dozens of students from Alabama A&M University had their vehicle inspected free of charge on Wednesday. Express Oil Change and Tire teamed up with the school to make sure students were clear to travel for spring break. “You know, traveling over spring break people tend to have accidents and other car related issues,” said AAMU student Portia Hunt. Employees topped off fluids, checked tire pressure, and did a quick transmission for the students. Some thing students might not do […]

  • Community of Loretto remembers slain nurse

    LORETTO, Tenn. – Teal ribbons decorate the city of Loretto, a reminder of a young woman who grew up there. Sunday evening friends and family gathered to honor the life of Tiffany Ferguson. Ferguson, a nursing graduate from UNA, was killed in her Nashville condo. “It blesses my heart just to see a community come out and support, despite their own comfort,” said Isaiah Craig. Ferguson’s killer is still on the run, keeping those who knew her on edge. Police called […]

  • How to have difficult conversations with your child

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Explaining why the world is the way it is can be a real challenge. It’s a challenge that almost every parent faces as their child grows up. “Ignore it and it will go away, that doesn’t work for anything. If they don’t hear it from you, they’re going to see it out in the world. I’m not talking about anything specific,” said therapist Kristi Gibbons. Gibbons said there’s a lot of topics that are uncomfortable to talk […]