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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
  • False inbound missile alert in Hawaii spreads terror to the Tennessee Valley

    Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed that an emergency alert about a missile threat to the state was a false alarm. The alert went out Saturday morning, saying there was an inbound ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. The message also told people to seek shelter right away – and that it was not a drill. Governor Ige went on to say the message was an error caused by someone pushing the wrong button during a shift change. “What happened today was totally […]

  • Tennessee Valley Toyota-Mazda plant will make new Mazda crossover, Corolla sedans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  It was a big day Wednesday in Alabama following the Toyota-Mazda plant announcement. Many officials are calling the project one of the nation’s largest job creators. In 2021, the plant will sit in part on more than 2,000 acres that includes the TVA megasite near Exit 3 off I-565 in Huntsville. The $1.6 billion plant is projected to create 300,000 vehicles a year. Mazda will build 150,000 new crossovers while Toyota will make 150,000 Corolla Sedans annually. The […]

  • Toyota-Mazda plant promises 4,000 new jobs, but officials predict it will generate even more

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Government officials, along with Toyota and Mazda leaders, gathered Wednesday afternoon to announce that north Alabama will be the future home of a $1.6 billion auto plant. Huntsville and Madison County leaders said landing the Toyota-Mazada plant will bring thousands of new jobs to the area, with some of those promised by the company and additional jobs expected to support the new industrial development in a peripheral way. “Four thousand jobs are going to have a huge influx […]

  • Just how much would a last minute trip to Atlanta for the championship game cost?

    ATLANTA, Georgia – While it’s not too far from Tuscaloosa or Athens, it’s still costing fans quite a bit to make the trip to Atlanta for the title game. As the championship draws closer, we’re getting a clearer picture of just how much they’re paying. WHNT News 19 found that several downtown Atlanta hotels sold out for game day. There are a few spots left at major downtown hotels like the Marriott and Omni, but the rates are steep.   […]

  • Security Expert: National Championship Game the safest place in the US this weekend

    ATLANTA, Georgia – Massive crowds will descend on Atlanta for Monday night’s national championship game between Alabama and Georgia, and still, officials say the stadium will be one of the safest places in the country come Monday night. Already Mercedes-Benz Stadium shows signs of the intensive security operation underway, with visibly increased law enforcement presence, many of them dressed in tactical gear. But Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Friday,  “Our message to the public is simple. Enjoy the game. Enjoy […]

  • How will Roy Moore spend excess campaign funds?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore refuses to concede, citing the fact that the Secretary of State’s office has not certified the election results. However, Moore continues fundraising. He’s asking supporters to chip in money for what he calls his, “Election Integrity Fund.” His campaign says these donations will be used to find voter fraud in the special Senate election. According to the donation website, he’s raised more $60,000. In the most recent Federal Election Commission filing report, […]

  • Former teacher Tad Cummins requests statements he made to authorities to be thrown out

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The former Tennessee teacher accused of taking his 15-year-old student to Northern California to have sex wants statements he made to investigators thrown out. Tad Cummins’ attorney claims authorities coerced Cummins into talking. Cummins was at the center of a more than 5-week nationwide manhunt following an AMBER Alert that listed him as the kidnapper of a 15-year-old girl. Days after their disappearance, his now estranged wife Jill pleaded for him to turn himself in. Cummins’ attorney argues that […]

  • Senator-Elect Doug Jones sits down with WHNT News 19 for exclusive interview

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senator-Elect Doug Jones says he still hasn’t fully processed the last 48 hours. Jones is the first Alabama Democrat to be elected to the Senate in 25 years. He sat down exclusively with WHNT to reflect on the historic election night. “Early on just (I was) kind of watching where things were going, I was getting pretty discouraged, a little bit. Then all the sudden those boxes just came in, and it was like somebody just flipped […]

  • Morgan Co. probate judge prepares for primary election for vacant House District 4 seat

    DECATUR, Ala.- The process to fill the vacant House District 4 seat in Limestone and Morgan County begins on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur resigned after a felony conviction on corruption charges in September.Three Republicans are vying for the seat in the primary election on December 12. “I think this is pretty historic in the state,” said Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain. Some voters in 18 Morgan County precincts and five Limestone County precincts will be eligible to participate. “It’s two different elections. […]

  • Roy Moore campaign criticizes newly formed political action committee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A representative from the Moore campaign spoke Thursday morning, lashing out against the political action committee, Highway 31. The campaign announced its plan to file suit against Highway 31 for running what it says is a false campaign ad. The campaign said the Republican candidate was never banned from a mall in Gadsden as claimed. Highway 31’s ad called ‘Shopping Mall’ is no longer airing in Alabama. “This ad has been on for 9 days, and before Roy Moore […]

  • Roy Moore declines sit-down interview, Jones delivers answers on the issues

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore has declined our request for a sit-down interview to ask questions about the issues. On the other side of the aisle, Doug Jones accepted our request. Back in November WHNT News 19, in conjunction with our news partners at AL.com, tried to facilitate a debate between Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones. Jones accepted the debate invitation, and Moore declined. WHNT offered an alternative, a separate sit down interview with […]

  • Vandalism hits the campaign trail

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The Limestone County Republican Party is taking to social media after someone vandalized a Roy Moore campaign sign. The chairman of the party said this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Limestone County Republican Chairman Noah Wahl said the race for the open U.S. Senate seat is getting downright dirty. He said things are getting out of hand locally as people are now destroying private property. “We’ve had some sign vandalism the last couple […]