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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 woman caught in Nepal earthquake returns home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Beverly Brown, the Huntsville woman traveling in Nepal during last weekend’s earthquake is finally home with her family. It was a stressful week for her family and friends, met with relief and tears at Huntsville International Airport Friday night. It was a reunion they feared – at least for a moment – wouldn`t happen. “When you first find out about it, you panic. When you don`t hear anything you fear the worst. Then you get some […]

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    2 bills aimed at restricting availability of abortions work their way to the State House floor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two bills working their way to the state House floor aim to restrict the availability of abortions in north Alabama and across the state. The bills were heard in the House Health Committee on Wednesday and seem to have Republican support. House Bill 527 House Bill 527 is short – a mere three paragraphs and a synopsis – but if passed would allow the Alabama Department of Public Health to refuse a license to abortion clinics […]

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    Superintendent focuses on achievement, progress in Huntsville’s State of the Schools address

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In Huntsville City Schools there is much progress to be made and challenges to overcome. But if one thing was made clear at Tuesday’s State of the Schools address, it’s that the district has come leaps and bounds since 2012. Since 2012, graduation rates have increased by more than 20 percentage points. Graduation rates have increased in EVERY school. 66% in 2012 / 87% in 2014 @whnt — Daniela Perallon (@DanielaPerallon) April 29, 2015 Test scores have sky rocketed at Johnson […]

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    Madison County school leaders seek counsel from DOJ on potential new high school & rezoning

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As it stands, Madison County School District leaders are moving forward with plans for a new Monrovia high school.  That means, much like Huntsville City Schools and the other 42 school districts under a federal desegregation order, they have to seek Department of Justice’s approval on any potential rezoning plan. Before you imagine another federal court showdown, there is a major and important difference between what Madison County schools and Huntsville City Schools are trying […]

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    Friends remember Juwan Toney as ‘everyone’s best friend’

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There are people in life who have a special ability to make everyone they meet feel important and valued. Madison County High School Senior Juwan Toney was one of them. He was the student everyone knew, a friend to all, and an encouraging presence in all he did. “Juwan always told us every single game to never give up. That goes for all of us.  As a family here at MCHS and everybody,” said Dalton Byrd, a […]

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    Future of Huntsville City Schools is ‘Talk of the town’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – To know the pulse of the community, you just have to turn on the radio. On Wednesday afternoon in the WEUP studios, talk radio host David Person had one topic in mind above all else. “It’s a historic day, gentlemen,” Person began as the ‘On Air’ light flicked on. “It’s a historic day, because of the judge’s ruling or most recent ruling or finding in the ongoing Huntsville desegregation case.” Person has been a vocal advocate for change […]

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    Federal judge issues opinion in Huntsville school desegregation case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s been a major development in Huntsville’s decades-old school desegregation case.  Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala issued an opinion in favor of the proposed consent order between Huntsville City Schools and the Department of Justice. This was not the official decree; that should come any day, according to Superintendent Casey Wardynski.  However, this allows the school system to move forward with its blueprint to get out from under more than 50 years of federal oversight. […]

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    Heavy rains cause hazards on north Alabama waterways

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The spring air may be drawing you outdoors, but heavy rains have created hazards on some of north Alabama’s waterways. Rough waters and fallen trees led to the drowning death of a 54-year-old Huntsville woman on the Sipsey River near Double Springs over the weekend. Experienced paddlers caution heavy April rains can turn even the most familiar waters into a treacherous pass. “After a heavy rain, an easy river you’ve paddled 10 times before becomes a […]

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    Trooper-turned-legislator Mike Ball offers perspective on budget and potential cuts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  In the battle between legislators and State Troopers, Representative Mike Ball – a former trooper – has a unique perspective. But his outlook is bleak. “We just have a lot of lose-lose situations going on here,” he told WHNT News 19. “There are lots of demands that are on the budget and there`s a strong reluctance to raise taxes. So, naturally something`s got to give.” In Montgomery, budget proposals have largely depended on deep cuts to state […]

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    County to revisit Stovall Road drainage issue after heavy rains flood homeowners’ property

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When the waters began to rise on Birdie Ferguson’s lawn, she knew exactly who to call. WHNT News 19 Took Action for Birdie after rushing waters flooded her yard and made her driveway impassable in July of 2013. After our report, county officials made those much needed improvements to the Stovall Road neighborhood. They removed debris and cleared the ditch that runs along the front of her property, to reduce the flooding. But two years later, the waters are rising […]

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    Lawmaker says “tenor may be changing” in budget discussions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – State agencies are sounding the alarms as lawmakers work on budget plans that would require major cuts. Senator Arthur Orr calls it a “real crisis” in state government. “I think the temperature is starting to rise here in the legislature. I think legislators are starting to focus a lot more intently on the general fund budget, as would have been predicted, and really realize the true magnitude and scope of our problem,” said Orr. Governor Bentley’s plan to […]

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    State tax refund delays expected to be minimal this year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Last year the Alabama Department of Revenue implemented a system to prevent tax fraud, and it worked. The state prevented $20 million from being issued on fraudulent returns.  But in their efforts, they also caused a massive backlog. “We had too many filters in place and were getting too many false positives,” said Julie Magee, State Revenue Commissioner. This year the process is far more efficient, and demands far fewer manual reviews.  But the state has run […]


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