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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
  • Hogan Family YMCA in Madison (WHNT News 19)

    Heart of the Valley YMCA operating on ‘tight budget’ as charitable donations and membership drop, funding is cut

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Heart of the Valley YMCA is an $8 million-a-year operation. That may sound like a lot, but considering all they offer, the budget is tight. Charitable donations and membership are down and city funding has been drastically cut. Now, board members are considering how to cut costs without cutting valuable community programs. Programs like after school and day camp, swim lessons, day care at all three locations, T-ball, and soccer. They also include scholarships and prorated […]

  • Aerial view of County Line Road interchange construction, as shot by Todd Freestone.

    Video offers aerial view of County Line Road Interchange project

      MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – From the ground County Line Road at Highway 20 is orange traffic barriers, gravel, and construction crews as far as the eye can see. Just passing by it is hard to imagine what the interchange will look like when it’is complete in 2015. But one Madison County man, Todd Freestone, took the air to get a birds-eye view of the construction and outline of the future interchange. In the video he describes the project. “Motorists westbound […]

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    Activists call for support of immigrant children if housed in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama lawmakers have drafted legislation to prevent immigrant children from being placed at military bases nationwide. It comes after Governor Bentley confirmed Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery was being considered as one such location. In  a statement to WHNT News 19, Representative Mo Brooks wrote: “Military bases are for national security, not baby-sitting kids enticed to America by Barack Obama.  I support Congressmen Roby and Rogers’ effort to block military bases being turned into baby-sitting camps.  […]

  • Photo: Al Whitaker WHNT News 19

    Decatur Police confirm two people shot during attempted murder-suicide

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – One man is dead and a woman seriously hurt after an attempted murder-suicide in Decatur. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn released the names of those involved. Chunn said 84-year-old James “Jim” Jones shot his wife Irma Jones, and then shot himself. It happened shortly before 6:00 p.m. Friday at a home on Tammy Street. Police say Irma  was able to run from the home to a neighbor’s house.  While a neighbor was attending to her wound, a second gunshot […]

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    Huntsville High clock stops ticking, no time-traveling teens in sight

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – They say a broken clock is right twice a day and that is literally the case at Huntsville High School where for the past several years the clock right above the front entrance has been stuck at 10:35. “It’s always 10:35 when you’re walking up these big steps.” Principal Mark Mincher has worked at the school for going on 3 years. “It’s unique, but as far as what it would take to fix it, I have […]

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    Elementary school teachers get hands-on training for Project Lead The Way’s elementary school STEM program

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – While students are still enjoying their summer, a classroom full of Huntsville City elementary school teachers have spent the past two days problem solving. “It`s challenging. [Some teachers] are really enjoying it and others become frustrated,” said Tania McKey, a Project Lead the Way Affiliate Assistant. “But that`s really the process of the design cycle. It`s about success and failure.” By the afternoon teachers had created free-standing towers out of pipe cleaners, egg holders, and designed […]

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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 […]

  • Huntsville City School District Event Response Communications Vehicle

    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 […]

  • Crossfit Competition

    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 […]

  • Madison County School Board

    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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