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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
  • Tennessee AMBER Alert case closed; advocates emphasize sensitivity

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Rachel Irby is the founder of “The Unchained Movement, an organization dedicating to helping sex trafficking victims. Irby said while news organizations play a huge role in helping law enforcement track down missing teenagers and their kidnappers, once they are safe they should be kept out of the public eye. “If this was your child and something horrible like this happened, would you want everybody in the country to know every little detail and maybe even some […]

  • Elizabeth Thomas’ family and friends ask for privacy

      COLUMBIA, Tenn. – It’s now been a full day since 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was reunited with her family. The teen and her former teacher were found in a remote area in northern California on Thursday. The family wants to thank the nation for staying vigilant and keeping Elizabeth’s face out there. During the search for her they were interviewed daily. But now that she’s back, they are in a new phase and asking for privacy. “I ask that people […]

  • Healing for community begins after Elizabeth Thomas found

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Now that the search is over, the district attorney general in Maury County and the U.S. attorney are hard at work. While it’s a relief that Elizabeth is safe, this is just the beginning stages of the case. Brent Cooper told WHNT News 19’s Chelsea Brentzel that this is a time to celebrate, but he hopes there is another celebration later on. His goal is to convict Tad Cummins on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a […]

  • Today (April 18) is the last day to file your taxes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you haven’t filed your taxes, today is the day. “Normally tax day is on the 15th but because of the weekend, and then, Emancipation day in Washington D.C. which is observed, we go to the next day which is April 18th, so that’s our deadline,” said senior tax specialist Pat Dosdall. An estimated 45 million people pay taxes, but not everyone has filed just yet. “Four million tax payers that have waited until April to file their […]

  • Tuscumbia Police: Man in custody after standoff on Shirley Drive, parents injured

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Tuscumbia Police say a man is in custody after a standoff at a house in the 1100 block of Shirley Drive.  Torry John Ingram, 31, is charged with two domestic violence misdemeanors, but stronger charges could follow. Investigators say Ingram lives with his parents and there was some sort of altercation this morning. Officers arrived to find the two parents in the driveway, injured. They were taken to Shoals Hospital for treatment and were later released. When […]

  • Man found guilty of attempted murder of Lauderdale County deputy

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County deputy put handcuffs on the man who tried to kill him on Friday morning. A jury found Timonthy Murphy guilty of attempted murder after he shot the deputy Randall McCrary in February of 2016. “When that verdict was read we felt like justice had been done,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton. The sheriff said closure has been given to the deputy. “Deputy McCrary, the deputy who was shot by Mr. Murphy, put him under arrest […]

  • Family friend of missing teen takes to Facebook to clear up rumors

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A family friend of missing teen Elizabeth Thomas is taking to Facebook to clear up some rumors surrounding the case. He claims people are making untrue statements about the girl because they don’t know the whole story. “What Elizabeth has been through, what her past has been emotionally, physically and psychologically,” said Caleb Banks. Banks said it’s what many people don’t know, that’s why he decided to do a Facebook live about the case. “A lot of […]

  • District Attorney General asks Elizabeth Thomas to call her family

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury County District Attorney General Brent Cooper said he’s willing to jeopardize his criminal case against accused kidnapper Tad Cummins. He said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas home. It’s been a month since anyone has heard from the teen. Cooper is urging Elizabeth to call her family. “We don’t care if she calls to tell them, ‘I’m happy, I’m with him. I’m happy and I don’t want to come […]

  • Local party leader urges Governor Bentley to step down amid impeachment hearings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local democratic party leader is one of many Alabama figures asking Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to step down. He also is calling on you to get involved in your local government. “It seems like our state is just a nation disgrace. We’ve got the chief justice who has been indefinitely suspended, the former speaker of the house is going to prison, and the current head of our executive branch, the governor, is going to be impeached, it looks like,” said Madison […]

  • Father of missing teen files legal petition for witness testimony

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – As the search for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas continues her father is taking the case to the courts. The family attorney filed a petition at the Columbia, Tennessee courthouse on Thursday. It claims some witnesses are not being completely forth-coming with their knowledge about the relationship between the teen and Tad Cummins. The father believes there are people who may know information that could lead to the missing girl. The petition is asking the court to allow depositions […]

  • Facebook groups serve as discussion place for AMBER alert case

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – As authorities continue to search for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and her accused kidnapper, some social media users are coming up with their own theories. There’s a number of Facebook discussion groups regarding the case. More than 800 people from around the country are part of the “Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas abduction and capture discussion” page. The description of the group reads: “The group is to serve as a discussion about the very disturbing relationship with Tad Cummins […]

  • Columbia hosts vigil for Elizabeth Thomas

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – With candles in their hands and tears in their eyes, dozens of people from Maury County gathered today in Columbia’s town square. Elizabeth Thomas’s father adressed the people who accuse his daughter of willingly leaving with the man police say kidnapped her. “Please understand that she is not better off out there. She`s better off here in this community and people who care about her. All these people you see here are people that know any love […]