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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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    Realtors take precautions to avoid crimes of opportunity

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On any given day, Realtors are meeting relative strangers in empty homes. It’s a situation that more often than we’d like to imagine turns dangerous. Last year alone there were roughly 1,000 crimes committed against Realtors nationwide, from burglary, to rape and murder. Roughly 70% of those crimes were against women. From 2003 to 2009 there was an average of 75 Realtor deaths per year. These are crimes of opportunity . “Safety has to come first, realtors […]

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    Montview Elementary School teacher recommended for termination after picking student up by her neck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Montview Elementary School teacher accused of picking a student up by her neck, has been recommended for termination. Celestine Leslie says, on August 7th, her daughter was standing in line for the water fountain at the beginning of the school year when P.E. teacher Richard Bragg walked up behind her daughter. Leslie and a teacher who witnessed the event say Bragg then playfully pick the young girl up by her neck. Despite reported playful intentions, the incident left a […]

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    Huntsville City Schools have been monitoring students’ online activity since January

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – They say it started with a call from the NSA. In May 2013 Al Lankford, a schools security official, took a call from someone he said identified themselves as with the National Security Agency.  They warned of a student who had posted tweets threatening violence against an assistant principal as well as two teachers. The district received a similar warning from a monitoring company called GeoCop. When school officials looked into the threats, the student was placed […]

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    Taking Action Investigation: Are your employees acing drug tests with fake urine?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Necessity is the mother of invention.  Since drug tests have been administered, people have found ways to beat the system. Now there is an entire market of over-the-counter products making it possible for everyone from employees to parolees to pass drug tests, no matter what is in their system. “The market to subvert these drug tests has been around as long as drug tests have been around,” said State Probation Officer Josh Boyd. Synthetic urine, with names […]

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    Atheist to Deliver Invocation at Thursday’s City Council Meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)  - This may be a first for Huntsville. An atheist is scheduled to give the invocation at Thursday’s city council meeting. Critics have attacked the city for how city council invocation invitations have been handled. In June, a Wiccan priest was removed from the agenda after the city faced a backlash over a decision to have him offer the opening prayer. Kelly McCauley hopes the city won’t cave to such pressure this week. A board member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, […]

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    Sexual harassment is a topic parents should not avoid talking about with their teens

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Talking about and dealing with claims of sexual assault and harassment is never easy – not for adults, and especially not for teens. Deborah Callins, a counselor with the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), says teenagers are sponges for information. “They get a lot of information from their peers and from social media,” said Callins. That’s why it is so important for parents to have tough conversations with their teens. “Parents need to be sure to take teachable […]

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    Scottish emigrants share their thoughts on Scottish independence

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) –  Thursday, more than 4.2 million people registered to vote in Scotland’s historic election. They voted on an item that would allow them to declare independence from the United Kingdom. The vote failed. Here in north Alabama, Scottish emigrants Julie and Dick Rattray closely watched the historic – and divisive – vote. “My mother will probably vote for the status quo, and my brother is very Scottish nationalist, so I know where his vote would go,” said Dick. […]

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    Doctors say it’s not too early to get your flu shot

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Flu season is almost upon us and it is not too soon to get vaccinated. There’s no prediction of how severe flu season will be this year. Dr. Lawrence Robey of the Madison County Health Department says you won’t know how bad the flu will be for you until you’ve had it, “then it’s too late to get the vaccine.” The health department will soon start offering free flu shots and local pharmacies have already started offering the vaccine. […]

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    Friends start funeral and hospital fund for family of hit-and-run victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday, Chao Bin Zhang stood by the side of the road where he lost his only son. In disbelief, he recounted the fateful incident to a friend. Late Sunday night, his wife and three children were walking along Highway 72, east of Memorial Parkway, when a driver veered off the road and hit the children. The driver then left the scene, and was later arrested. Zhang’s 8-year-old son was pronounced dead at the hospital, his two older daughters were injured. […]

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    Like city leaders before them, council candidates call for Haysland Square revitalization

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For more than 15 years Haysland Square Shopping Center in South Huntsville has seen a retail exodus. Empty storefronts and parking spots have come to be expected. “It needs some things,” said Linn Brannon, an Arab resident who often travels into South Huntsville to shop and eat with his wife. “It’d be nice to have a little more selection, in restaurants especially” South Huntsville resident Dee Murphy didn’t sparse words, “[It's an] urban jungle, ugly, empty, not […]

  • Stipulations of Carly’s Law keep cannabis oil out of reach for patients suffering from other chronic diseases

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After the passage of Carly’s Law this spring, Huntsville-raised Itamar Shapira hoped cannabis oil could provide relief for his own debilitating disease. But, he has been denied the treatment at every turn. WHNT News 19 and The Huntsville Times/Al.com have teamed up to share his story and his call to action. In his last year at Vanderbilt University, Itamar Shapira looked forward to a future in biomedical engineering.  He was even accepted to further his studies in Israel. […]

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    Rocket Hatch CO.STARTERS program aims to turn local entrepreneurs’ ideas into action

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville has a hidden community of entrepreneurs and start up business leaders who are struggling to figure out where to turn next. Now, another start up, Rocket Hatch, is seeking them out, to bring innovators together and see where their collaboration can take them. Antonio Montoya is co-founder of Rocket Hatch. “What we`re trying to solve initially with rocket hatch is to get those people out and connected,” said Montoya. There first major effort will bring the CO.STARTERS […]


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