Home Sweet Home. I am fortunate to be able to work with a great news team in the area I grew up in. As a Decatur native, I attended Austin High School before my college days at Auburn University.
After graduating from Auburn, I cut my teeth in broadcasting at WSFA in Montgomery. After starting as a sports intern, I moved into a role editing video and writing for newscasts. From there, I started down the producer path. During my 7 years in Montgomery, I produced news for all newscasts and eventually received a promotion to Executive Producer. While in Montgomery, I had the opportunity to play a role in covering several big stories, including Hurricane Ivan, opening of the Rosa Parks Museum and the funeral for former Governor George Wallace.
My time in Montgomery set me up for another promotion within our company. My next move was to Lake Charles, Louisiana for the News Director job at KPLC. While my stay in Louisiana was only about 2 years, I was exposed to the great culture of southwest Louisiana and witnessed the devastating impact Mother Nature can bring to coastal communities. Hurricane Katrina pounded our neighbors to the east and the Lake Charles area took a direct hit from Hurricane Rita. The one thing that stood out the most was the resiliency of the people. The spirit of southwest Louisiana to rebuild and move forward was inspiring.
In August of 2006, I had the opportunity to return home. I jumped at the chance to return to north Alabama and come to work for WHNT News 19. I enjoy being part of this area, telling stories from our community and hopefully helping to make a difference. Whether it’s severe weather coverage, politics (debates/election coverage), community events or sports, we strive to bring you the best coverage in the Tennessee Valley. If you have any comments or story ideas you’d like to pass along, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter @davidwhnt.
On the personal side, I’m the proud father of two, I attend as many Auburn football games as my schedule allows and I play an active role in Leadership Huntsville-Madison County (L-26 graduate).