Elise Morgan is an Emmy nominated journalist who has co-anchored the Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast two years in a row, as awarded by Alabama’s Associated Press. Elise joined WHNT News 19 in November 2006. She anchors WHNT News 19 at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. You can also watch her nightly health reports on WHNT News 19 at 9:00 on WHNT2.

Elise is a native of Texas. Before coming to the Tennessee Valley, she spent two and half years working at TV stations in Dallas/Fort Worth. Prior to that, Elise was the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at stations across Texas, including the Waco/Temple/Killeen market. She was at the desk during some of the most memorable stories of that time, including 9-11, The Oklahoma City Bombing, and the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter, Elise taught courses for the government on crisis communications and the media, with an emphasis on terrorism. She also anchored and produced programming for the Law Enforcement Television Network, a national satellite network that trains law enforcement officials. Elise graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Elise has a passion for health that you can see not only in her health reporting, but also in her work around the community. She recently helped organize a health fair open to the Tennessee Valley that offered a number of free tests, including prostate screening, oral cancer screening, bone density, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and free immunizations. Her health reports have covered everything from “Andy’s Story”, a personal look inside her brother’s fight with prostate cancer to possible health hazards associated with using cell phones. On a daily basis, she brings the community the latest health findings, research, personal battles, and interesting tidbits in hopes of helping all of us live the healthiest and highest quality lives we can.

Every Labor Day weekend, you’ll find Elise fighting for those who are battling neuromuscular diseases. For 10 years, Elise has been a co-host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, helping fund research and services for those affected by muscular dystrophy.

Elise enjoys traveling and has been on a number of adventures including backpacking through Europe and exploring parts of the Middle East. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband, Michael.

Recent Articles
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    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a graduation of a different kind at the Madison County courthouse Monday. It allowed those with drug charges a chance to turn their lives around. The 16 graduates have come a long way, trading in drugs for a diploma after a year-long drug court program. Participants consent to random drug testing during the program and were required to seek treatment from approved treatment providers. By going through this program, these non-violent offenders avoided […]

  • Huntsville Mother Issues Warning About Choking Game

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When Linda Lindberg went to wake up her son Alex for school on January 30 of this year, she knew something was terribly wrong. Call it a mother’s intuition. She knocked on his locked door, but there was no answer. She starting pounding on the door, but still no answer. She ran to find the key. There was nothing that could have prepared her for what she would find behind that locked door. “His closet door […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Helps Patrol Schools

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Limestone County is looking to add a school resource officer at every school in the county. But until that happens, employees at the Sheriff’s office are stepping in to stop by schools and check on them. And that includes the top officer in the county. Sheriff Mike Blakely is now taking time when he can to patrol schools like Creekside Elementary. “Here in Limestone County I feel our schools are for the most part safe,” […]

  • New Lung Scan Could Save Lives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lung cancer can be a tough cancer to fight. By the time it’s caught, when a person starts having symptoms, it’s usually too late to have a favorable outcome. For most people at high risk, the only option until now  has been a chest x-ray. But now there’s a new screening tool that is showing great promise. It can detect lung cancer at stage one. According to Dr. Marshall Schreeder at Clearview Cancer Institute, “Clearly the […]

  • Home Condemned With City’s New Power

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Walk into the house on 903 Browns Ferry Road and you’ll see a home no one wants in their neighborhood. There is black mold everywhere. The roof structure is starting to collapse. There’s a window that’s been open since April. Because there’s no glass, rain has been allowed to come in freely. Until recently, the city of Athens had no power to deal with homes like this. The city council passed an ordinance last year that […]

  • Girls Making Splash in Automotive

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Go to any tech school in Alabama and you’ll see lots of teenage boys being prepared for careers in auto body and auto mechanics. But under those welding masks, you’ll find something you might not have expected. Girls! At Brewer High School, tenth grader Caitlin Nelson is just one of a few girls in the tech school. To her, it’s all in a day’s work. According to Caitlin, “I’ve been interested in cars since I […]

  • Retired Deputies Could Help With Security in Limestone County Schools

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Limestone County already has six student resource officers at its high schools. But after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there’s a push to get officers in all of its schools, including the elementary schools. The Limestone County Commission met Monday with a resolution to hire retired, certified police officers to provide security. Karen Tucker, with the Limestone County school district, says, “Because they are retired, they can only make $22,000 a […]

  • Big Surprise for Fifth Graders

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – It was an exciting day at Chaffee Elementary School this morning in Huntsville, as students and teachers got the surprise of their lives. Sixty anxious fifth graders and their teachers were brought into the library this morning. They saw lights and cameras, but didn’t have a clue of what all the excitement was about. Then they got an announcement that they’d be missing a week of school. Jay Lockridge, leader of the Huntsville Elks Lodge, told […]

  • Athens Mayor Clears Air on Tax Increase

    The Mayor of Athens had a tough job to do at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. In a presentation called “The Facts About Tax”, Mayor Ronnie Marks tried to clear the air of what he believes is misinformation about taxation. It’s a tough sell for some who are unhappy with a one cent increase they’re now paying, from eight cents to nine cents on every dollar. The city will now get three percent from city tax instead of two percent. […]

  • Gel Nails: How Safe Are They?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Gel nails are the hottest trend in manicures. “At Your Fingertips”, a salon in Huntsville, has seen a huge jump in its popularity. According to salon owner April Thomason, “We rarely use regular polish anymore.” She says gel manicures make up about 80 percent of their polish requests. Charlotte Dombrowski is sold on the benefits, saying it lasts forever. She was tired of dealing with regular polish which chipped so easily. “It never failed that as […]

  • Huntsville Girl Fights Cancer While Giving Back

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Like most 8-year-olds, Lakelee Leach is a busy girl. Just ask and she’ll tell you some of her favorite activities. “Jazz and tap and gymnastics,” says Lakelee. Her mother Christy Rezabek adds in some others, including her back handspring clinic, cheerleading, and softball. “She’s full of energy and nothing slows her down,” Christy says. But Lakelee has faced a battle this year bigger than some adults ever have. It started last year with a pain in […]

  • North Alabama Research Center Looking For Volunteers

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – If you have health issues, but can’t afford your medications, there may be an option for you in Athens. The North Alabama Research Center is always looking for volunteers to try new medications before they go on the market.  The center performs clinical trials. Some of their current studies involve people with high cholesterol, type two diabetes, a history of heart attacks, asthma, gout, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, COPD. Lisa Shepard, Co-director of Research at […]