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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
  • Judge seeks grant to fund diagnosis, treatment for veterans and mentally ill offenders

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Veterans Court and Mental Health Court judges recognize sometimes criminal behavior is a result of a deeper issue – like mental illness or substance abuse. “Sometimes it’s because they don`t take the medication they`re prescribed for mental health issues or self-medicate with illegal substances or alcohol,” explained Judge Ruth Ann Hall, who leads the program. Hall says the goal is to get people the help they need rather than just throw them in jail. […]

  • HPD in planning stages for law-enforcement only firing range

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In the mid-90s Huntsville Police partnered with NASA and Redstone Arsenal to construct a firing range on the arsenal. For years it has been where Huntsville Police have done their firearms training. Now that 22 agencies use the range, and Huntsville Police have been finding it difficult to schedule the time they need. Which is why they are now in the planning stages for a new firing range, exclusively for HPD use. “It`s a lot of preliminary work, a lot of drawings, […]

  • 5th grade student raising funds and books for Blossomwood Library

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Warren Towry wants to give back to his school. The 5th grade student says it’s his way of thanking the teachers and staff for helping him and his older sister all these years. “We both have Cystic Fibrosis, and they’ve done a lot of things for us so we just wanted to give back to the school,” explained Warren. During the 2014-15 school year, Blossomwood students read a combined 51,000 books during the school year. It’s a huge accomplishment, […]

  • Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies, Alabama activists say there’s “still work to do”

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts […]

  • Get Tested: Thrive Alabama offers free tests for National HIV Testing Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (WHNT) – In 2013 and 2014 combined, nearly 140 people in north Alabama were diagnosed with HIV – 77 of those in Madison County alone. But E.J. Thomas with Thrive Alabama says with the treatments now available, people are living – and even “thriving” – with the disease. But the first step is getting tested. “Because of the ways HIV  is transmitted, a lot of people are afraid to come in to even get tested for HIV”, explained Thomas. “It’s […]

  • 9 ways to stay cool without running up your utility bill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  As you may have heard, the next few days are going to be sweltering. But rising temperatures don’t have to mean utility bills that make you faint. Here are nine tips to keep your cool on a budget: Adjust Thermostat In hot weather, a two degree increase in the AC thermostat setting can result in 5% savings or more. Use Ceiling or Floor Fans Ceiling or floor fans can make a room feel 5 degrees cooler than the […]

  • Sports league officials say safety is ‘number one priority’ when it comes to dangerous weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The sun shines now, but when clouds roll in safety is the number one priority for north Alabama’s sports officials. “We have had complaints when we’ve canceled games, but we’re always able to say ‘well nobody got hurt,'” assures David Bell, President of the North Alabama Football Association. He says the administration makes the call to cancel a game if there’s a heavy downpour or other threats before they hit the field. For that they consult weather forecasts […]

  • Redstone Federal Credit Union employee arrested for theft

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –   A Redstone Federal Credit Union employee has been arrested on theft charges. Credit Union officials tell WHNT they reported the employee to Madison County Sheriff’s investigators after money came up missing. Officials say a routine internal audit is what led them to look further into Dawn Speegle’s use of a company credit card. Investigators say Speegle was an Event Coordinator for the Credit Union. A spokesman for RFCU would not say how long Speegle worked for the Credit Union, when […]

  • State begins issuing Autism ID cards

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Public Health is now offering ID cards for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The cards are meant to help bridge the communication gap between law enforcement and people with autism. Dr. Lawrence Robey with the Madison County Health Department says in a tense situation, an autistic person can often find communicating difficult. “They may fail to respond quickly, may fail to answer questions, look nervous or look away. Some things people may be trained to […]

  • Driver and kids recovering, homeowner displaced after SUV crashes into Huntsville home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police are investigating a wreck that left one woman and two children injured and displaced a homeowner. Police say  59-year-old Barbara Jones crashed an SUV into a home on Wilks Place just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Officers say she was rushed to the hospital in serious, but non-life threatening condition. Two children, ages 10 and 11, were also in the SUV at the time of the crash. Both of them were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. […]

  • City leaders vote to receive $70 million loan for capital improvement projects

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville city leaders voted to accept an offer on a $70 million loan Tuesday. The funding will be used for a $21 million expansion of the natatorium, construction of the downtown Gateway Boulevard, Restore our Roads projects, and more. “We believe it’s the right amount, responsible, and the projects are certainly important to the public,” said Randy Taylor, the city’s Finance Director. Taylor says the city sells their debt every two to three years. The city has maintained a “Triple A” […]

  • Summer camp builds trust, friendships between students & school resource officers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It`s a week filled with games, ice cream, and skate parties, but when the sugar rush dies down, these kids will have formed lasting relationships with Huntsville Police. “It`s a building bridge between us and the kids and also a way to humanize the badge,” said School Resource Officer Patrick Salvail. Every summer for almost two decades, Huntsville Police have hosted the SRO Summer Camp. Students from Huntsville City Schools are chosen by their counselors, principals, and even their SROs […]