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Daniela Perallon is an Emmy award winning Reporter for WHNT News 19. She joined the team in December of 2011. She has reported extensively on city government, as well as local elections and education issues throughout the Tennessee Valley.

In 2014, Daniela received her first Midsouth Regional Emmy for her work on the collaborative project “Boys & Girls.” The 30 minute special told the story of the wonderful work and service done by the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama.

She started her career as a reporter/producer for WEHT News 25 in Evansville, Indiana.

Daniela is a proud alum of the University of Florida (Go Gators!). There she reported and produced news for WRUF Sports Radio 850 and Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM. She also reported for WUFT-TV.

Before starting her professional career, Daniela interned at WUSA9, Washington D.C.’s CBS affiliate.

In her spare time, Daniela can often be found adventuring around the Tennessee Valley. She has a love for still photography, politics, good food, and her adorable dog Olive and nomad cat Sly Barth.

You can usually catch Daniela on air Monday-Friday evenings at 5, 6, & 6:30.

Feel free to email her with your story ideas, feedback, or just to say hello! You can also find her on Twitter @DanielaPerallon.


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    Prosecution rests in Madison officer’s federal trial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – New claims and numerous witnesses in the federal trial of a Madison police officer Thursday. Officer Eric Parker is charged with depriving Sureshbhai Patel of his civil rights. In February, the 57-year-old Indian man suffered a spinal cord injury after Parker slammed him to the ground. Thursday was a stop-and-go day in the courtroom, with nearly as many delays as testimony. The prosecution rested its case after calling three more witnesses to the stand Thursday morning. Among the witnesses were neurosurgeon Dr. Chang […]

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    Madison police officer’s trial begins with several witnesses, including Sureshbhai Patel, the injured man

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A jury was seated Wednesday and prosecutors called several witnesses in the trial of Eric Parker.  He’s the Madison police officer charged with depriving a man of his civil rights.  Parker’s trial is taking place at the federal courthouse in downtown Huntsville. During afternoon testimony, Sureshbhai Patel was called to the stand. He is the man who was badly injured in the arrest on Hardiman Place Lane in February.  Read our courtroom blog for minute-by-minute updates. Sureshbahai and Chirag […]

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    Huntsville radio personality has personal warning about headphones and hearing loss

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local man’s lifelong career and passion slowly took away his most cherished and valuable ability.   Even as a young boy, Huntsville radio host Walter Peavy used a mop as a microphone and a record player as a broadcasting board.   After 40 years in the business, those years on air have taken a devastating toll. Now, he wants to caution others so they don’t have to suffer the same thing. On February 14, 1971 Peavy began […]

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    UPDATE: Jury seated in trial of Madison police officer, opening statements begin

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The federal trial is underway for Eric Parker, a Madison police officer accused of depriving a man of his civil rights. Dash camera video shows Parker slamming a man into the ground earlier this year. Lawyers spent much of the day Tuesday sorting through questionnaires potential jurors filled out that morning.  Jury selection lasted until at least 6:00 p.m. and resumed Wednesday. The jury was seated shortly after 10 a.m. WHNT News 19 has a courtroom blog […]

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    Bentley divorce records sealed — Huntsville lawyer says that’s not a surprising move

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On August 28, Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley.  However, the pair has been separated since January of this year. The governor is vowing to not let the divorce become a distraction from the issues facing the state, including the lack of a budget.  But when all eyes are on you, a divorce becomes a public affair. Divorce is rarely easy.  “It’s a highly emotional type of law,” said Jonathan Lusk, […]

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    Does Ashley Madison Hack mean boom for divorce lawyers? Huntsville attorney says ‘probably not’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Huntsville divorce attorney Jonathan Lusk says even before the Ashley Madison scandal, one cause of divorce reigned above the rest: Adultery. Already, Lusk’s office has received a number of calls from people here in the Tennessee Valley whose names showed up on the Ashley Madison list.  Earlier this month, more than 30 million alleged cheaters were exposed to the public. It may seem only logical that divorce attorneys will soon be flooded with cases. “My brother-in-law already called […]

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    Repeat DUI offenders get “slap on the wrist” – Does state law go far enough to keep drivers safe?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We have seen it here in the Tennessee Valley and we have heard the outrage over repeat DUI offenders behind a wheel of the car once again – sometimes with fatal results. The actual law regarding driving under the influence is exhaustive, longer than the state’s capital murder statute. Even so, it leaves room for repeat DUI offenders to get back behind the wheel. That’s how in 2013, Jessica Gatewood was able to get behind the wheel of a car and cause a […]

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    Huntsville firefighters continue push for equal pay

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says it`s a tough topic to discuss – “How do you talk about their pay scale, what their worth, what their value is? We value every worker in the city of Huntsville especially our firefighters,” said Battle. Even so, he stands behind a recent reclassification audit that determined whether certain firefighter positions were due for a pay raise. “The audit came back that, yes, they had a couple extra duties coming in to their job, […]

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    Drug bust leads to simultaneous arrests in Huntsville and Madison

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Thousands of dollars in cash, weapons, marijuana, and cocaine were all recovered from two simultaneous drug busts in Madison County on Thursday morning. Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit say their investigation led them to two locations, a home on Telstar Circle in Huntsville and an apartment in Madison. With help from the Huntsville STAC unit, law enforcement executed two search warrants on the suspects. Stephen Jerrel Harris was arrested at an apartment in Madison […]

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    Political Analyst: Race against clock will give Governor Bentley more leverage in second special session

    (WHNT) – Governor Bentley will have more leverage against legislators in the second special session than he did in the first, according to WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown. “Because he controls the timing and if he waits late enough, if he waits reasonably close to October first, he really puts the legislature in a squeeze,” said Brown. The consequences increase tenfold when legislators are racing against the clock. If they don`t pass a budget on time, the state government will shut down. Much like […]

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    Alabama boys dramatically fall behind national average for receiving HPV vaccine

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report has found not enough Alabama teens are getting vaccinated for the potentially cancer-causing Human Papiloma Virus (HPV). HPV is thought to be the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. The virus can be spread without any signs or symptoms, and at its most sinister can even cause cancer. “It can, in a minority of cases, cause cancer in males, but the most serious cancer is cervical cancer in women,” said Dr. Lawrence Robey […]

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    Some lawmakers express “disappointment” in special session, but point to progress

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Bentley says state lawmakers have failed by not passing a viable budget during the special session. Representative Phil Williams joins other lawmakers in arguing they just helped Bentley keep his campaign promise. “Taxes were not increased, so [taxpayers] need to remember that,” said Williams. “There’s still a group of people down there going it’s not fair to raise taxes on people if there are other ways to manage budgets and manage the size of government.” Williams says he […]

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