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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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    Health officials: This year’s flu vaccine isn’t working

    NEW YORK (AP) – As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it’s only 23% effective. That’s one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work a decade ago. The best flu vaccines were 50 to 60% effective. This year, the vaccine doesn’t include the specific virus that is making most people sick. Early in the season, officials warned the vaccine probably would not […]

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    Calhoun Community College’s Huntsville campus temporarily closed due to water problem

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – All classes at the Huntsville campus of Calhoun Community College will be cancelled until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday due to water problems. All students with classes which begin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday or later should report to class as normal unless notified otherwise. The school originally closed the campus for just one block of classes at 11 a.m., but they extended the closure after noon. The Decatur campus is not impacted.

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    Displaced resident stays hopeful after fire destroys home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – By Thursday morning all that was left of a late night blaze at Imperial Garden apartment complex was frozen rubble. Between meetings with landlords and insurance agents, displaced residents like James Case came to survey what was lost, and salvage what they could. “You just gotta start over,” said Case. “I just thank God nobody was hurt.” Case moved into the apartment a mere week ago. Fortunately, he says, he had renter’s insurance. Management at Imperial Garden apartments […]

  • As temperatures drop, don’t forget about your pets

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It sounds like common sense: when it’s freezing outside, bring in your pets. But every year Karen Sheppard, Director of the Huntsville Animal Services, meets people who don’t have a clue. “A lot of people think because dogs and cats have fur they aren’t in any way affected by the weather. No. They get cold just like we do,” said Sheppard. Every winter, animal services finds dogs frozen to death, and others suffering from frostbite on their ears […]

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    Limestone County home vandalized with racist graffiti

      LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Terry Turner was ringing in the new year with her granddaughter Wednesday evening when a crash at the front of her home startled her. She was in the back bedroom of her home when three windows in the front of the house were broken by heavy rocks. Frantic, she dialed 911 and slipped out the bedroom window with her granddaughter into her back yard, fearing that people were in her home. When Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found […]

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    Walmart stores bring more than convenience to rural Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Walmart stores have been popping up all around Huntsville and Madison County, but all stores are not equal. In rural Madison county, the stores are obviously convenient. “I think it`s going to be a quality of life issue where people have time to run and shop real quick, get what they need, go back home and not have to drive 5 or 10 miles to get where they normally have to,” said Phil Vandiver, District 4 […]

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    Holiday season giving may be over, but philanthropy needed more than ever

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After the Huntsville City Council approved the fiscal year 2015 budget, Mayor Tommy Battle acknowledged items conspicuously absent in their discussions: Non-profit funding. He wrote in a letter: “Throughout the budget process, we met with a number of non-profit organizations seeking financial assistance from the city. We viewed outstanding presentations and listened to impassioned stories of need. Budget constraints, however, were unforgiving this year.” The mayor then implored people to up their own charitable giving for a […]

  • Huntsville preservationist works to keep historic sites standing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Rocket City is known for its historic districts that reflect everything from the mining industry to space technology. There’s a new person in town in charge of keeping time-stamped sites alive. Jessica White delights in all that is old. “As you can see here, the paint is kind of chipped up,” she says as she points out the window of the Humphreys Rogers House. White spends her days working to preserve historic homes and sites, […]

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    School district remains quiet about court-ordered mediation heading in to 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Since early fall, the Huntsville City School system has been involved in court-ordered mediation with the Department of Justice. The district is seeking a path to unitary status, and wants break free from a federal desegregation order. In June, U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala issued a 107-page ruling, ordering both sides enter into mediation to examine all aspects of racial disparities across Huntsville City Schools. Haikala wrote in a memorandum that she hoped – through mediation – a resolution […]

  • Members of ‘Project Linus’ create blankets of love for NICU babies and families

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – New parents eagerly await the moment they can bring their baby home.  But for many, their babies must spend days or weeks in the intensive care unit.  It’s a scary and stressful time. One north Alabama group is doing what it can to ease parents’ worry while also providing a little bit of comfort and love. Lawanda Howell imagined the birth of her baby for months, but the moment came far too soon. “Unexpectedly I was […]

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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 […]

  • Shirley Wellington will begin work as Huntsville City School's Compliance Director on January 5th.

    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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