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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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    Huntsville company chosen to manage care for Medicaid patients

    HUNTSVILLE , Ala. (WHNT) –  When uninsured patients get sick often go to the hospital, starting a costly and inefficient cycle. “We fix them, they go home, maybe they see their doctor maybe they don`t. In many cases if they don`t get proper care they get sick and end up back in the hospital,” said David Spillers, Huntsville Hospital CEO. He says current standard of care does little to help Medicaid patients remain healthy. So now, the state plans to  incentivize new Regional Care […]

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    Huntsville City Schools hires new Compliance Director after 25-year employee retires

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When you think of who’s responsible for students safety you may think of principals, teachers, and security guards. But the office of Compliance Director at Huntsville City Schools is a position solely dedicated to making sure violations are investigated and best practices are in place every day. “This person is responsible for investigating any situation complaint or possible violation of any of those acts or school policy to make sure those policies are being followed,” said […]

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    Judge agrees to reduce bond of man facing 23 counts of theft by deception

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County judge has agreed to reduce the bond of a man charged with theft by deception. Wednesday, Judge Smith signed off on a bond motion reducing James Lawhorne’s $600,000 bond to just $100,000. Lawhorne was being held at the Madison County Detention Center. He will be released, but will have to wear an ankle monitor to make sure he stays within Madison County lines. Lawhorne was arrested earlier this month on 23 charges – including […]

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    Liberty Learning Foundation honored for work helping children become community-minded citizens

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The  FBI Director’s Community Leadership award is often bestowed upon individuals and organizations that fight against terrorism, crime, drugs, and gang violence – all worthy causes. But this year, a foundation focused on turning kids into stand up citizens won the honor. “We thought this was unique, this was different, this was broader,” said a FBI spokesperson. Liberty Learning Foundation got its start in 2010. Today it provides free educational programs and a ten week civic-minded curriculum to local 5th […]

  • UPDATE: Stolen purse returned, police investigate lead after video takes off on social media

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The owner of a local store says a purse stolen a few days ago has been returned, likely due to pressure from social media. Surveillance video shows a woman taking a tan purse from Mint Julep Market on Thursday, December 11. “We could not believe it,” said Hillary Hart Dunham, the store’s owner.  “It’s just clear as day.” The video was shared thousands of times on Facebook, YouTube and other websites, and Monday, just after the store […]

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    $265 million shortfall top priority for state lawmakers in upcoming session

    (WHNT) – State lawmakers are returning home from orientation this week, and the one item on everyone mind: the budget. The state is looking at a $265 million shortfall for the 2016 fiscal year. “We’ve known it was going to be bad, perhaps we didn’t know how bad it was going to be,” said Senator Arthur Orr. According to Orr, the $265 million shortfall is not taking into consideration the debts the state holds to the federal government, ALDOT, and the […]

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    Downtown dog park gets highly-requested upgrades

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The dogs have all the space they need to roam and run at the downtown dog park, but pet owners have noticed something has been missing. “[We need] more shade in the summertime. That`s really it,” said Jessica Ewald, who says she comes to the park with her two dogs almost every day. “It has everything that we need.” Shade sounds simple enough, but it`s been a challenge for the City of Huntsville. The dog park […]

  • A man who lost $700 in Madison parking lot says Christmas is ‘saved’ by good Samaritan

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – On Monday morning Danmacquis Jones cashed his paycheck, ran some errands, and went back to work. It wasn’t until he was home for the day that he realized he was no longer in possession of his money. His entire wallet, holding more than $700, was gone. Jones, rightfully, panicked. “My bill money’s gone, grocery money’s gone, Christmas money’s gone,” said Jones. “It was like I was having a mental breakdown.” By Wednesday morning, he assumed it was gone […]

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    New Heart of the Valley YMCA President: The Y is more than a gym, it’s a cause.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)  – After a months-long search, the Heart of the Valley YMCA has a new President and CEO on the job. Jerry Courtney comes to Huntsville with 29 years of experience within the YMCA. Already, he’s working to find solutions to the challenges facing the organization. “Over the next six to nine months our staff, donors, and board members and volunteers will look at how we operate and does it align well with the needs of the community, so […]

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    Heart of the Valley YMCA appoints new Hogan Family YMCA executive director

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Heart of the Valley YMCA has appointed a new Executive Director for the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison. Daniel Kasambira will take over the position on January 5th. Kasambira moved to the Tennessee Valley four years ago as Director of Alabama A&M University’s Student Health and Wellness Center, but his roots are with the YMCA. He has served as executive director of three YMCA facilities throughout the country. “I believe strongly in the mission, ‘To put […]

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    Retiring Calhoun President hopes state-of-the-art learning facility will draw more students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It is a project 4 years in the making. Friday, city and state leaders finally broke ground on Calhoun Community College’s new three story math, science and computer science building. The gold shovels, and pile of dirt are standard fare for any ground breaking. But for retiring president, Marilyn Beck, it is proof she is leaving the school in good hands. “I think people will begin to say ‘Oh it looks like a real college!’ and when they […]

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    Huntsville City Schools custodial staff starts using full-body suits, masks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – Huntsville City Schools is taking preemptive measures to prevent the spread of blood borne diseases. Huntsville City Schools custodial staff have been outfitted with cleaning kits including  full body suits, gloves, boots, and face masks. Edward Smith, Huntsville City Schools facility coordinator says the kits are something they should always have at their disposal. “We want to make sure we have something that is more proactive and doing something before something already happens,” Smith said.  “Having kits readily […]


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