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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
  • Authorities investigating Lawrence County shooting at former deputy’s business, no arrest made

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a Thursday evening shooting in Lawrence County that took place at a cabinet shop off County Road 87, the agency confirmed today. The SBI was asked to investigate the case, because it involved a former Lawrence County deputy, Tim McWhorter. The shop where the incident took place is owned by McWhorter. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency sent out a news release on the case Friday afternoon: “On Thursday, May […]

  • Advocacy group plans to sue city of Pulaski over Clean Water Act violations

    PULASKI, Tenn. — A local clean water advocacy group plans to sue the city of Pulaski for illegal sewage violations. Tennessee Riverkeeper said the Pulaski Wastewater Treatment is responsible for spilling millions of gallons of raw sewage into the water. The group sent an intent to sue to the mayor of Pulaski that outlines 122 Clean Water Act violations they say took place over the last 5 years. David Whiteside, the founder of Tennessee Riverkeeper, said two of the spills consisted of over […]

  • Ex-lawmaker brings Kay Ivey’s personal life into governor’s race, after exchange over funding for LGBT assistance group

    HOMEWOOD, Ala. – In a day full of charged political rhetoric, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle stuck to the script. Battle held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to address recent developments on the campaign trail. He asked for the conversation to change and for it to focus on the records of candidates. On Monday, Free2Be, a Huntsville organization that serves the LGBTQ community, shut down. Republican candidate Scott Dawson jumped on the issue Tuesday, accusing Governor Kay Ivey of […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Alabama law doesn’t require property owners to release radon test results to tenants

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A South Huntsville couple is trying to get answers after their apartment complex says they were exposed to high levels of radon. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. However, in a WHNT Taking Action Investigation, we learned getting those radon test results isn’t easy because Alabama law doesn’t require property owners to disclose that type of information to tenants. Nathan Hill and his wife Lisa moved to South Huntsville last […]

  • Moulton Police take down Facebook page following dramatic post about City Councilman’s missing wife

    MOULTON, Ala. — An unusual post on the Moulton Police Department’s Facebook page that addressed the ongoing search for a missing woman — the wife of Moulton City Councilman Brent White —  received hundreds of reactions, comments, and shares from the public Friday afternoon. Authorities are continuing to look for Jennifer Marshell White nearly a month since she was reported missing. Family members said she was last seen in Moulton on April 8. Moulton Police took to Facebook around noon to, […]

  • FBI and local agencies announce new digital forensics lab on Redstone Arsenal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A new lab specializing in digital forensics is operating in Huntsville, Alabama, the only forensics lab on a military installation. The FBI and local leaders held a ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of the Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (TVRCFL). The lab is the first to open in nine years with another planned to open this year in the Boston area. The 3.4 million dollar center is one of 17 such facilities nationwide specializing in training […]

  • Rescue crews search Smith Lake area for missing Lawrence County woman

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The search for a missing Moulton woman continues nearly three weeks after her disappearance. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirms several rescue crews are searching in the Smith Lake area in connection with the Jennifer Marshell White case. “They have boats searching at the lake with the sonars, just to try and find any vehicles or anything like that. They’re checking boat docks or around them, anywhere that’s accessible,” said Beth Gilchrist, Jennifer White’s daughter. She says […]

  • Republican Gubernatorial candidate releases medical records, calls on opponents to do the same

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A GOP candidate in the race to be Alabama’s next Governor is calling on his opponents to release their medical records. Bill Hightower released several of his medical records saying Alabamians deserve to know that those running are healthy enough to take the job. Hightower’s records include blood tests, an echocardiogram, and colonoscopy results. The Republican gubernatorial hopeful says he wants voters to know he has the stamina to do the job. “I want Alabama to know I’m […]

  • Democratic Attorney General candidates attend Huntsville forum

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Both Democratic candidates for Attorney general were in the Rocket City on Wednesday. The Madison County Democratic women held a public forum on the AAMU campus. Chris Christie and Joe Siegelman attended. The two answered a variety of questions from people in the audience about why they believe they should be Alabama’s next Attorney General. The two Democratic candidates told voters their top priority was conquering public corruption. They say in the last few years Alabamians have been […]

  • Madison County Schools funds capital plan without proposed Monrovia High School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County School Board of Education has funded a capital plan that does not include Monrovia High School. It’s a final step in a process that’s been drawn out over the last few years. Superintendent Matt Massey says this is not the last nail in the coffin for Monrovia High School. However, he admits there are many needs the school system will address before building a new school. The board previously approved a capital plan […]

  • Alabama NAACP President asks Governor for apology and removal of campaign ad

    ATHENS, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey’s most recent campaign ad on the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act continues to draw criticism from civil rights groups. The ad focuses on standing up to those who want to get rid of historical monuments across the state. The law was passed at a time when cities across the country were considering removing or relocating confederate monuments. The Alabama NAACP President is calling on the Governor to remove the ad and apologize. Benard Simelton says […]

  • Huntsville City Schools Superintendent intends to take new position in Gulf Shores

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Matt Akin says he plans on leaving the district to take a new Superintendent position at Gulf Shores City Schools. Akin has been with Huntsville City Schools for just over a year. He tells WHNT this wasn’t a move he planned for, but rather a once in a lifetime opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Gulf Shores City School District recently broke away from the Baldwin County School District. If Akin accepts the job, […]