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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 thrilled 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
  • Contentious phone call shows divide between Madison County Schools and parents of New Market students

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – Parents sent WHNT News 19 pictures of a leaky ceiling, cracked tiles, and what appears to be mold at New Market School. Those parents fear that more than just their children’s health is at risk. The New Market School PTO President is concerned about the school’s accessibility and security. She went through several channels to express her frustration before taking it to the school board. On Tuesday night, Megan Tyler presented concerns to the Madison County […]

  • Parents push for New Market School repairs and upgrades

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – Mold, a leaky roof, and a spider infestation. Those are only some of the issues parents have with New Market School. Those parents tell us this issue has been going on for a while. “A lot of the concerns are mold and mildew because it’s causing respiratory issues in some of the children,” says Megan Tyler. Several parents are fired up saying the Madison County School system isn’t doing anything to fix the deteriorating school. “It’s […]

  • HFR responds to apartment fire on Governors House Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Just after one Sunday morning, Huntsville Fire & Rescue dispatched multiple units to Governors House Apartments for an apartment fire. A resident called 911 when they realized their apartment was on fire, and eight fire trucks were dispatched. Huntsville Police also assisted. The Red Cross was called in once officials saw the magnitude of the fire. Officials say there are no injuries. #BREAKING here’s a first look at the fire at Governors Drive Apts in #Huntsville. This […]

  • Coroners office says the number of drug-related deaths are on the rise

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The coroner’s office says one person will die from drugs every five days in Madison County, and that number has risen significantly since 2016. That’s an average of 73 drug-related deaths a year. It takes a few months for a state-ordered autopsy report to confirm the cause of death — but deputy coroner Tyler Berryhill says he’s sure of one thing. “In 2017 fentanyl was by far the most dominant drug that causes death in our area.” […]

  • Longtime Huntsville fixture Plamor Lanes prepares to permanently close the doors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A bowling alley that’s been in Huntsville for more than 50 years is closing its doors. Plamor Lanes on Leeman Ferry Road will be open until May 11. The current owner, Brandon Damson of the Jerry Damson Automotive Group, says the location initially opened up as bowling alley back in the 1960’s. Damson says ultimately the decision to shut down was because of all of the entertainment businesses that have recently opened in the Rocket City. The bowling […]

  • Remembering Sweet Livia: Vigil held for 3-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A community mourns the death a 3-year-old one week after her murder. A vigil was held on Wednesday night to honor Livia Robinson, who was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. Dozens gathered in a circle outside of her home on Murray Road. Family members, Huntsville Police Department Investigators, and neighbors all held candles with purple ribbon. Dozens, including HPD officers are at a vigil to remember the life of 3-year-old Livia Robinson. The toddler was killed […]

  • Investigation into child porn web site in Colorado leads to local man’s arrest

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – 100 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. That’s what a Madison County man is facing after officials say he downloaded child pornography off of a Colorado website. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office began investigating 27-year-old Ryan Carver’s activities when they were contacted by the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and the IRS. Their federal investigation into the website led them to Carver. The sheriff’s office confirmed Carver was downloading child pornography […]

  • Alabama lawmaker says educators should formulate school safety solutions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – How to best protect students in schools is a topic that continues to dominate discussion across the nation. That discussion is one that the Alabama legislature is trying to tackle right now. There’s been a number of bills introduced this session that looks to improve school safety. Perhaps the bill that’s most talked about is the one that if passed would allow some teachers to be armed. “The solutions to this have to come from the bottom […]

  • Aziz Sayyed pleads guilty to federal terrorism charge for offering support to ISIS, sentencing set for June 20

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Huntsville man charged with attempting to provide support to the terror group ISIS has pleaded guilty in federal court in Birmingham. Aziz Sayyed, 23, was arrested last June after speaking to an undercover agent about his interest in serving ISIS. Sayyed had obtained chemicals that could be used to make a TATP explosive device, according to prosecutors and Sayyed’s attorney Bruce Gardner. The judge who took Sayyed’s plea Thursday morning in Birmingham set sentencing for June 20 […]

  • New federal complaint accuses Morgan County Sheriff of fraud, seeks more than $50,000 to recover assets

    MORGAN CO., Ala. – A federal complaint filed against the Morgan County Sheriff is seeking to recover assets she’s accused of fraudulently transferring. The complaint stems from alleged transactions between Sheriff Ana Franklin and the owner of a used car and title loan business in 2014 and 2015. The trustee for now-bankrupt Priceville Partners LLC claims Franklin owes the company a good bit of money. According to the filing, Franklin invested $150,000 into Performance Auto Sales. That money came from the Morgan County […]

  • ‘Guardian Angel’ barricade system makes its way into schools across the country but not in Alabama

    A device to protect students and teachers in the event of an active shooter situation is being installed in classrooms across the country. However, it isn’t allowed in Alabama schools under the current fire code. Former school teacher Lance Sargent from Missouri designed the ‘Guardian Angel’ barricade system to help make students and teachers feel safer. “Basically it has a key that you unlock. Inside of that key, it has a wench with a cable on it. You hit the […]

  • Gait Closed: How a suspect’s walk cracked a cold case robbery

    WAYNE COUNTY, Tenn. – It was a mystery. Robbery investigators had nothing, no evidence to go off of until one diligent detective made a break using new forensic analysis. It’s not just a first in our area, it’s a first in the country. More than a year after the crime, deputies in Wayne County, Tennessee arrested three men from Florence. The secret to solving it? Gait analysis, studying the way someone walks. On January 4, 2017, three armed robbers busted […]