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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.


Recent Articles
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    Alabama 8th graders ranked 50th in nation for math, 47th for Reading

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The National Assessment of Education Progress (NEAP) test garnered some hard news for Alabama. The longest, and largest national progress test ranked 8th graders 50th in math in the nation. Fourth graders ranked 47th. Students scored marginally better in reading and science, but still trail the pack. Only 25% of 8th were rated as proficient or better in mathematics. The National Center for Education Statistics shows the the state average has ranked below the national average since the 1990s, but has been […]

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    New Event Response Communications Vehicle will be on the scene at Huntsville City Schools emergency drill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may start seeing a new Huntsville City Schools vehicle roaming around town.   Monday, the school district and ETV launched the Event Response Communications Vehicle. The satellite truck will help the district broadcast school events, but more importantly for parents, it serves as an emergency communications vehicle. “Certainly anything you will do over the phone and over the internet you can do from this vehicle in here,” explained Keith Ward, Director of ETV. “This is totally self-supporting, […]

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    Community Free Dental Clinic seeks expansion, asks for community donations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Community Free Dental Clinic  in Huntsville has been a saving grace for Madison County residents with nowhere else to turn. “I had a gentleman that came in five or six weeks ago, and he had an abscess and I asked him how long it had been going on,” recalls Ginger Finzel, Executive Director of the clinic. “He said seven months, and I said ‘how have you managed the pain for seven months?’ and he said ‘ma`am I didn’t have any […]

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    Local Crossfit Coach to compete in International Crossfit Games

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crossfit. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the weak of mind. Neither of which describe Dennis Berry. The retired Army Major earned a spot in the International Crossfit Games. No small feat. His coach, Mandee Stearns, calls it the “Olympics” for Crossfit Athletes, “It’s the highest honor to go to the Crossfit Games.” Friday, Berry will be flying off to California to compete against 20 of the world’s best Crossfit Masters athletes. At the Crossfit […]

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    Madison County School Board members consider plans to transition to new leadership

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  After months of campaigning and a land-slide victory, winner of the Madison County Superintendent’s race, Matt Massey, says he’s taking a few days off. “We’re gonna take a day or two, sit back, relax and take it all in,” said Massey, as he dismantled a campaign sign. While he’s recuperating now, it won’t be long before Massey and school district leaders will begging the transition to a new leadership. Superintendent David Copeland has remained silent, […]

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    Massey wins Madison County Superintendent’s race handily

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Matt Massey declared victory shortly after 8 p.m. in the Republican runoff for Madison County Superintendent of Education on Tuesday. He never looked back, winning the race 74% to Blair’s 26%.  With 97% of precincts reporting, Massey garnered 4,979 votes to Blair’s 1,794. Check election results here. Matt Massey thanking all of his supporters and volunteers with an early declaration of victory. @whnt http://t.co/aaK613KJcQ— Daniela Perallon (@DanielaPerallon) July 16, 2014 Blair conceded the race, thanking […]

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    HCS board member cancels “Citizens Work Session” for Monday night

    (HUNTSVILLE, Ala) — School Board Vice President Laurie McCaulley has canceled the Citizens Workshop for Monday night scheduled at Butler High School. The decision comes after U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala took aim at the Huntsville School Board, stating that a proposed Citizens’ Workshop could “cause problems down the line.” Haikala accused McCaulley and the board of “engaging in conversations that will hamper the court’s efforts in this case.” McCaulley believes it all came down to a misunderstanding of her true intent. “I […]

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    Internal Audit leads to change in leadership at First Stop, Inc.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – First Stop, Inc.’s Board of Directors say they didn’t feel the organization was headed in “the right direction.” That led to an audit of services and finances two weeks ago. “All it really was was an assessment and they learned a lot from that assessment,” said Clete Wetli, former chair of the Madison County Democratic Party, and now the newly elected Executive Director for First Stop. “We learned some ways we can improve the organization and improve its […]

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    Huntsville-Madison County EMA seeks to launch online shelter database

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  During severe weather events, WHNT News 19 and the Huntsville-Madison County EMA receives numerous calls from residents wondering where they can go for shelter. “The EMA unfortunately hasn’t kept track of that information because it’s so fluid. Some places will open, some places will close,” said Paige Colburn. Wednesda, Colburn hosted  a Q&A with Madison County church leaders to discuss the ins and outs of running a shelter and the EMA’s goal to launch a website like Shelter Etowah. Through […]

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    Changes to Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship expand benefits to peace-time veterans

    (WHNT) – The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs has announced major changes to its Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship program. The program offers free tuition, textbooks and instructional fees to service members’ dependents at state colleges and universities. Now even more people are eligible. Before this year Alabama veterans` children or spouses could only benefit from the scholarship program if the service member had served during war-time or under “extra-hazardous conditions”. Now, thanks to a law passed by Governor Bentley in March, dependents of […]

  • Tennessee Valley veterans seek out employment at Hiring Our Heroes job fair

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Despite the training and job skills our military veterans acquire during their service, they generally have a harder time finding work compared to other civilians. Hiring Our Heroes, a national effort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, puts veterans in search of work in front of the employers who need them. “The job search has been kind of rough, but i`m staying positive,” admits Jedidiah Stele, a veteran who was laid off from his job […]

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    Alabama’s expungement law takes effect: People lining up to get records cleared

    (WHNT) – Alabamians with a less-than-perfect past are already lining up to get their record cleared. Drug offenses, theft offenses, burglary charges, disorderly conduct, DUIs, you name it, attorney Mark McDaniel has seen it all. In the months since the law was first passed, McDaniel has already seen clients hopeful to wipe their record clean. So, first things first, who qualifies? The law allows for expungement for: non-violent felony charges it can be granted in the event of a no-bill […]