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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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    Huntsville Police seek new way to keep crime out of multi-family communities

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville police are hoping to launch a new program to keep criminals out of communities. It’s called the Gold Star Property program and if approved would help property owners make changes to keep their properties crime free. Whether it’s loitering, drugs or violence, HPD hopes to provide answers for struggling communities. The department is currently awaiting certification for the national Gold Star property program, that has already seen success in 44 states. “We sent six of our officers to have them certified […]

  • Principal moves & discussion on gifted program at tonight’s Huntsville City School board meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville City School board met Thursday for the final time of this current school year, which ends Friday. In addition to agenda items including the budget and digital sign additions at several schools, the board had a quick public discussion about some principal moves.  The board also listened to concerns about changes to Huntsville City Schools’ gifted program known as S.P.A.C.E. “One of those things that keeps coming out is there is a reduction in pull-out […]

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    For the first time in 7 years, the proposed education budget could increase funds for teacher supplies

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The state education budget is well on its way to a vote this week.  Among the proposals are increases focused on the classroom – like the first increase to the teacher supplies budget in seven years. It’s a big deal for teachers, who often spend hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket for their classroom on small things, like crayons, pencils, and glue sticks. “Whatever the classroom needs, I’ll just get it,” said Kimberly Massey, a Kindergarten teacher at Jones […]

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    Family says Huntsville man injured in trooper-involved shooting suffered from mental illness

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man was injured in a trooper-involved shooting Friday morning on Old Madison Pike, just off Interstate 565.  This happened after the trooper pulled over the man, Jonathan MacKovjak, for going 100 miles per hour eastbound on the interstate, according to troopers. Trooper spokesperson Curtis Summerville said MacKovjak, 38, exited I-565 east on Old Madison Pike.  The trooper walked up to the car and made contact with MacKovjak, asking for his driver’s license.  MacKovjak started […]

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    Police body cameras a matter of consideration for Huntsville leaders, but residents demand action

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – North Huntsville leaders want city leaders to act now. Thursday night, they took a stand for body cameras, urging the council to take action before it’s too late. “I have 2,424 citizens’ [signatures] asking our mayor and city council to arm our police with cameras. This is from your citizens,” said T.C. Johnson, with the North Huntsville Community United for Action. One after the other, Johnson, Huntsville area NAACP President Alice Sams, and a string of north Huntsville leaders […]

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    Madison County ranked among worst counties in the U.S. for income mobility

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Location is more important than you may think. That’s according to a Harvard study that found Madison County is one of the worst counties in the U.S. for income mobility. Especially for the poor. Job creators are moving in, 21st century schools are being built, and students and schools across the county are nationally recognized for their achievements, but researchers say there’s little impact on low-income families. Madison County ranks 14th worst out of 2,478 counties for income mobility. […]

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    Uber ride-share service posts job listing for Huntsville driver

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re coming out of a local bar and need a lift, Uber allows you to catch a ride with just a few clicks on an iPhone app. Now Huntsville residents may soon be able to take advantage of the service. On May 7th, Uber posted a job listing for an Uber driver in Huntsville. The job offers up to $20 an hour and the ability to make your own schedule. When asked about the listing, […]


    Legislators, advocates work to end predatory payday lending practices

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In any town, payday loan shops are a dime a dozen. They meet a need for people who find themselves in need of cash on the spot. That immediate need is what Stephen Stetson, a policy analyst with Alabama Arise, says makes the customer the perfect target. “By design these loans are intended for the borrower not to be able to repay them, they want the borrower to come back in and roll the loan over. They […]

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    Huntsville City Schools’ free Summer Meal Program starts today

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This summer, Huntsville City Schools will be fulfilling a need, and filling children’s bellies, once again. The Summer Meal Program was first launched in 2013.  In its first year they served more than 98,000 meals. Joey Vaughn, Director of Child Nutrition, says this year they hope to serve more than 100,000 meals. “It’s a win-win-win. A win for the students, a win for the parents because they save some money, and a win for the employees […]

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    Community honors Madison County’s fallen officers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  On Wednesday evening, the community gathered to honor the 22 Madison County lives lost in the line of duty since 1880. “Each day when these officers look in the mirror and strap armor around their body I know what goes through their mind. ‘Today could be the day,'” Assistant District Attorney Tim Gann said. Relatives placed a flower to a cross in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial, as their name was read out to the crowd. Many […]

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    New Tennessee law will allow food delivery services to deliver alcohol

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A burger and a beer.  Steak and red wine. Those are classic combinations for some. Starting in July, a new Tennessee law makes it possible to have both delivered to your doorstep. Food delivery services would be able to pick up drink orders as well as dinner for their customers. In Huntsville, owners at local food delivery service Grub South say they wish a similar law would be passed in Alabama. “A customer will always put a comment […]


    After failed property tax vote, Lawrence County education leaders face difficult budget cuts

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday evening, the Lawrence County Board of Education held its first meeting since voters shot down a property tax increase meant to help the financially struggling district. No budget actions were taken, but budget cut proposals paint a bleak future for the district. Lawrence County school district leaders face a $2 million budget shortfall and difficult cuts. Superintendent Heath Grimes opened the meeting offering his initial budget cut proposals. “It’s hard to make cuts that […]


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