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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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    Madison Road projects halted in retaliation to anti-tax billboard

    MADISON, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation Director (ALDOT) halted two major road projects because of one lawmaker’s public stance against a tax hike plan, according to ALDOT Director John Cooper. It all stems from the billboard pictured above. Senator Bill Holtzclaw rented it to express his opposition to Governor Bentley’s tax proposal. The billboard space is located along Highway 72 in Madison. According to Cooper, now the widening projects for Highway 72 and Jeff Road are on hold. Cooper […]

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    Former FBI agent says disconnected cultures breed fear instead of understanding

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It started with a 911 call. A resident in the Madison neighborhood reported seeing an unknown man walking around and allegedly “peering” into garages. So the resident reported it. He followed the oft-recited charge: “If you see something, say something.” But when does that natural suspicion become something more? Former FBI Special Agent Dana Gillis knows the difference it can make when people reports suspicious activity or something that seems wrong and out-of-place. But Gillis says in our […]

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    Opponent of same-sex marriage ruling cites scripture as only ‘truly valid law’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Amid the cheers and congratulations, there has been a vocal opposition to the same-sex marriages performed this week. While laws may change, many Alabama Christians are sharing why their views are steadfast. Just scroll through the comments on the WHNT News 19 Facebook page and you’ll see the disparity. Many cheer what they see as a step toward equality, while others pray for a state whose future they believe is grim. “The judge’s ruling basically threw out […]

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    Closure of Alabama Psychiatric Services impacts homeless and at-risk community

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The impending closure of Alabama Psychiatric Services has impacted around 30,000 patients across the state — among them, the homeless and at risk. Clete Wetli, Executive Director of First Stop, says their mission is to help Huntsville’s homeless transition into stable, independent living. That sometimes means helping them get psychiatric care. Now Wetli worries the closure of APS threatens to derail positive steps many formerly homeless residents have made toward that goal. “APS is one of the service […]

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    Huntsville City leaders announce next phase of $60 million Martin Road expansion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As one road project wraps up, another is set to begin. Wednesday, Huntsville leaders announced another multi-million dollar project to begin next year. The city has completed the first portion of a $60 million, multi-phase project, expanding a portion of Martin Road primarily on the base. They are now gearing up for the rest of the Martin Road expansion. Martin Road will become a five-lane highway between Redstone Arsenal and Glen Hearn Boulevard near Huntsville International Airport. Every day, around 43,000 vehicles […]

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    Governor Mike Huckabee addresses NASA, same-sex marriage, & vaccines at Huntsville town hall meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Akansas Governor Mike Huckabee has yet to officially announce whether he’ll be running for president, But he’s making his way around the country to promote his latest book and gather support. Tonight he stopped for a town hall meeting in Huntsville and shared his thoughts on NASA, vaccines, and more. On his not-quite-yet campaign stop, Huckabee reiterated his support for NASA and the need to fund its endeavors. President Obama’s recently released budget proposal included around […]

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    Parents frustrated at lack of answers from school district, former board member speaks out

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The Huntsville City School Board remains under a gag order, even as hearing public comment on the recently released consent order with the Department of Justice. Parents have expressed frustration that the school district still cannot provide any information. “It’s been very frustrating and we aren’t getting any answers,” said Sandy Edwards, a parent of a Grissom High School Senior. “It’s very confusing and people are jumping to conclusions.” One part of the consent order regarding […]

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    Sparkman students launch Change.org petition called “We Are Sparkman”

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – “We Are Sparkman.”  That’s the rally cry among students, faculty, and many in the Madison County community.  They are speaking out against a new Monrovia High School, and speaking up for their school. Friday, WHNT News 19 spoke with students in Sparkman High School’s journalism class where they are working on their next issue of the Crimson Crier.  Within its pages, students are speaking out against the negativity expressed about their school. Outside the walls […]

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    Number of vaccinated students down in Madison, up statewide

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) –  Every day nurse Bonnie Davis treats students in Madison City schools. And over the years she`s seen more and more students exempt from state vaccination policy. In Alabama, students are required by the state to get a series of vaccinations, but parents can seek exemptions for religious or medical reasons. In Madison City Schools, about 40 students have gone without vaccinations this year – almost double what Davis remembers from previous years. Davis says there seems to […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Easy ways to protect yourself against building fraud

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – While we want to believe people will do the right thing,  there are some waiting to abuse that trust. The days of being able to make a handshake deal are long gone. Randy Cunningham, Director of the City Inspector’s Department, has seen it time and time again. But he says there are three keys to ensure you’re not hiring someone just out to steal your money: Document everything. Have a contract for the work that’s proposed before allowing anybody […]

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    As art community thrives, expect to see more local art in public spaces this year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville has long had a thriving arts community, but over the past few years, participation and presence has grown exponentially. “Look at the Arts Council membership, Lowe Mill’s thriving operations and all the peripheral arts activities, the activities Downtown Huntsville, Inc supports and promotes, and just our Arts and Entertainment Districts and the variety of musicians performing through the community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director of the Arts Council. Dillon-Jauken says Arts Council membership has more than doubled […]

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    UAH named “Center for Excellence” in Cyber Security

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security praise your cyber security program, it must mean you’re doing something – well, a lot of “somethings” – right. The University of Alabama Huntsville is one of just 77 universities nationwide able to tout that they are a “center for excellence” in information assurance and cyber security. It’s a recognition program leaders have worked hard for. ‘Dr. Sam Yoo that works in our computer and electrical engineering department was […]


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