• Follow me on:

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
  • Huntsville faith leaders hold mass incarceration vigil

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dozens came out to the Madison County courthouse steps to shed light on mass incarceration. “The state of Alabama has the fifth highest incarceration rate of all states in the free world,” said Alan Ballentine with Faith in Action Alabama. Ballentine said those in prison are not set up for success when they are let out of prison. “Depending on the nature of the crime they are physically prevented sometimes from engaging in any meaningful way to […]

  • Looking at the options: How the defense may argue for Tad Cummins

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The former Tennessee teacher accused of being on the run with his student for more than a month is facing two federal charges. A federal grand jury indicted Tad Cummins on charges of crossing state lines with the intent to have sex with a minor and obstruction of justice. The indictment shows that the obstruction of justice charge is regarding the allegation that the 50-year-old threw cell phones in the Tennessee River near Decatur. We’ve heard the accusations […]

  • Mosquito fogging set to begin in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -It’s beginning to look and feel like mosquito season. “We actually detected mosquito breeding in the Huntsville area as early as January this year, which is actually about a month ahead of what we normally see,” said Cheryl Clay, Madison County Public Health environmentalist. Madison County Health Department works all year long to conquer the high volume of the pesky bugs. “We treat the mosquito while they are still in the water before the adult mosquitoes emerge,” said […]

  • Zika Virus still a concern: Here is what you need to know to be prepared

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – This time last year, the Zika virus was a major concern in the United States. The Madison County Health Department says it’s still a concern, as the Asian Tiger Mosquito that can carry the virus is common in north Alabama. “Our biggest concern is for the pregnant women of course. You can get it from the bite of an infected mosquito, but it also can be sexually transmitted as well.  So that’s also something to consider.” Cheryl […]

  • “Grooming happens every day” Experts weigh in with the warning signs

    New details in the Tad Cummins case paint a picture as to how authorities believe the 50-year-old groomed his 15-year-old victim. During the hearing on Friday, a special FBI agent explained the role Cummins played in the Tennessee school where he taught. An FBI special agent claims accused kidnapper Tad Cummins was a mentor for numerous abused and troubled students. Rachel Irby with the Unchained Movement says there’s a number of red flags that came up before Cummins disappeared with his 15-year-old […]

  • UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing for accused kidnapper Tad Cummins is scheduled for May 12

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tad Cummins, the man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student, is back in Tennessee for a federal court hearing. WHNT News 19’s Chelsea Brentzel was at the courthouse to see the transportation van from Henderson County, Kentucky. That’s where Cummins was transported to yesterday from California ahead of today’s hearing. #BREAKING: Tad Cummins is back in Nashville. He has an appearance in federal court at 2 p.m. @whnt pic.twitter.com/ArvbnzMReM — Chelsea Brentzel (@ChelseaBrentzel) May 9, 2017 Cummins was […]

  • Governor Ivey signs bill into law allowing faith based agencies to refuse same-sex couples

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that’s intended to protect faith based adoption agencies this week. Critics believe it’s discriminatory because it allows faith based agencies to refuse same sex couples. However, there are other options for those who want to start or grow a family in Alabama. “They can obviously seek out an agency that is not faith based,” said Amber James, the founder of New Beginnings Family Law in Huntsville. She said there […]

  • Accused kidnapper is heading back to Tennessee

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Sources confirm to WHNT News 19 that accused kidnapper Tad Cummins is on his way back to Tennessee. Cummins has been in federal custody since April 20. The 50-year-old is charged with crossing state lines with a minor with the intent to have sex. He is also facing state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. Cummins was found in a remote area of Northern California with his 15-year-old student after being on the […]

  • Madison state senator criticizes process to increase liquor tax

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You could be paying 5 percent more for liquor in the fall and the proposed tax increase is something three people who aren’t your lawmakers may be voting on. The possibility of paying an extra 5 percent tax on a bottle of booze is an idea some Alabamians aren’t happy about, but one state senator thinks there’s a bigger issue. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison took to Facebook saying, “The debate is not about the need of funding […]

  • Ticks expected to be more prevalent in North Alabama this year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you enjoyed our mild winter you aren’t alone, ticks that live here in North Alabama also did. “Even in January we had days of 60 something degrees, we didn’t have much dormancy in the tick population this year. So, they became active early,” said Cheryl Clay, Alabama Department of Health environmentalist Clay said tick activity is expected to rise this year. “Most common tick is the Lonestar tick, it has pretty distinct features with the white spot on the […]

  • Dozens come to unveiling of General Joe Wheeler home renovations

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Several dozen people came out to Lawrence County Saturday to celebrate the restoration of the General Joe Wheeler home. “Hard work, blood sweat and tears. They have given their souls to this effort,” said General Joe Wheeler’s great grand daughter. “We worked real hard the past two and a half years to get this all organized, and put together where we could have entrance signs that people could see from Highway 20,” said Mitchell Morris. He said before […]

  • NWS Huntsville prepares for possibility of severe weather this weekend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Huntsville said its radar is back up after being off-line for hours Wednesday evening. Meteorologists at the NWS are preparing for the possibility of severe weather on Sunday. “We try and make sure we at least have all the equipment stable and pretty much ready to go. And we don’t make any changes if there are changes that need to be made we will wait and delay those until after the fact,” said Chris Stumpf, […]