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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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    Special Session costs taxpayers an estimated $320,828

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  State Lawmakers are wrapping up the special session on Tuesday, and they’re leaving the State House without a budget. Governor Robert Bentley will have to call a second special session. A quick recap of what has brought us here: – Governor Bentley is asking for $302 million  in tax increases.  His plan included a cigarette tax, a business privilege tax, and eliminating certain tax deductions. All of which failed in the legislature. State Senators passed a budget that would slash funding by $185 million […]

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    Alabama Arise activists “disappointed” in legislature, push for increased revenue

    (WHNT) – It is probably fair to say many, on both sides of the political aisle, would characterize the special session as disappointing. On Tuesday, lawmakers ended the special session without a budget. Alabama Arise policy analyst Carol Gundlach sees the session as a missed opportunity for lawmakers to find long term solutions. “There are revenue measures they could come with that would be progressive and based on people`s ability to pay, close some corporate tax loopholes and in and of themselves be good for […]

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    Liberty Learning Foundation wants your signatures to show gratitude for WWII Veterans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The people at Liberty Learning Foundation have dedicated their lives to educating students about what it means to be an American citizen. The foundation provides nearly every school district in the state with a 10-week program teaching kids what it’s like to be a “super citizen” and why being an American is great. Part of that curriculum teaches students about the people who have contributed to our nation’s history – like veterans. “We’re just very grateful for […]

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    Huntsville Police Officer who admitted to lying to investigators placed on administrative leave

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officer Brett Russell is in the Morgan County Jail after being convicted of use of excessive force and obstruction of justice, Thursday night. Now citizens are petitioning for one of the prosecution’s key witnesses to be fired from the police department. Officer Joshua Bates admitted on the stand to lying to internal affairs, the FBI, and a grand jury during the initial investigation. He only changed his testimony three days before Russell’s federal trial began. Police […]

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    Huntsville officer’s trial: No mention of Hopkins’ hospital visit after arrest in 2011, according to sergeant

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The prosecution plans to call more than a dozen witnesses today in the trial of a Huntsville police officer charged with using excessive force and obstructing justice. Brett Russell has pleaded not guilty. His trial is taking place at the Huntsville Federal Courthouse. Tuesday morning, the prosecution called three witnesses.  Officer Jeff Poe, a training advisor who also oversees the teen Ranger program, talked about use of force training.  Poe said he reviewed the video, and said […]

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    UPDATE: First witness takes the stand in federal hearing of Huntsville Police officer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A jury has been seated in the federal trial of a Huntsville police officer. Brett Russell is charged with using excessive force during an arrest in December 2011. Russell is accused in a federal indictment of depriving a man of his constitutional right not to be subjected to excessive force by someone acting in the official capacity of a police officer. He’s also charged with obstructing justice.  Russell has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection began Monday morning […]

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    24 years later, Huntsville Fire Chief remembers responding to the Dallas Mill Fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  On July 24, 1991, the Historic Dallas Mill caught on fire. It created a blaze that many remember to this day, including Huntsville Fire Chief Mac McFarlen. On that day McFarlen served as a driver engineer. “I remember the alarm. At that time I was a driver engineer. On that shift I was driving the truck out of fire station five,” recalled McFarlen. “When we arrived, the fire was well underway. It went really, really fast. Burning on multiple floors. […]

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    First Stop, Inc. has no shortage of food this summer, instead asks for monetary donations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – First Stop, Inc. has no shortage of food, clothing, and things for their clients. This summer, what they really need is money. “We provide a lot of services our grant money simply does not cover,” explains Executive Director Clete Wetli. The organization pays out nearly $1,000 on utilities every month. “Huntsville Utilities called asking if we had a water leak, but we didn’t! It’s because so many people get showers here when they can`t get showers somewhere else, […]

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    How to sign up for free and reduced lunch programs in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Last year Huntsville City Schools took a new approach to free and reduced lunch. “The US Department of Agriculture, State Department of Human Resources, State Department of Education, and Huntsville City Schools started qualifying areas based on census data,” explained Superintendent Casey Wardynski. That means in certain qualifying schools breakfast and lunch are always free to every student. In Huntsville, there are 12 schools that do not qualify for this program. Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary Hampton Cove Elementary […]

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    Huntsville Superintendent updates community on various issues in meeting at Grissom

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Curiosity and concern packed more than 100 people into the A.V. Room at Grissom High School on Wednesday. The two-plus-hour, standing-room-only meeting organized by the civic group Huntsville South focused on the school system’s new consent decree, along with its implementation. Superintendent Casey Wardynski also discussed the progress of the new schools, detailing both Whitesburg P-8 and Grissom High for those in attendance. He has been meeting with community groups all summer long, primarily answering questions […]

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    Clinton Row artist seeks public input for downtown mural project

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville artist Christina Wegman spends her days interpreting Huntsville landmarks as whimsical abstract scenes and putting her own spin on commissioned portraits. She works out of her studio at Clinton Row in the Downtown Storage building, and now she`s embarking on a new challenge. The owner of the building has asked her to liven up the side of the building with her art. “The alley way is kind of unused, and the windows have been sealed over a […]

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    Two men standing guard in front of Huntsville’s Armed Forces Career Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two Huntsville veterans are standing guard at the Armed Forces Career Center on University Drive. The men showed up Monday morning.  Huntsville Police have been by to check on them but left. The men say they plan to be out there all day today, and will return throughout the week and further on until the law is changed to allow military recruiters to be armed. Two Huntsville Veterans providing security at the local armed forces career center […]


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