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
  • Tornado Victims Get Home and Shelter in One

    Limestone County, Ala. (WHNT) – The Harbins have been through quite a lot the past couple of years. Their house in East Limestone County was destroyed by the April 27th tornadoes of 2011 while they were still inside the home. They’ve also faced their share of health issues. Right now they’re living in a FEMA shelter, but soon, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, they’ll be moving into a new home. It’s a standard size for Habitat for Humanity. It’s three […]

  • Mystery Truck Uncovered

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An unexpected find in Jackson County. TVA was testing some sonar equipment in Mud Creek near Hollywood when they uncovered a mystery. They found a 1994 GMC 1500 pickup truck under water. It had apparently been there a while. Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it’s suspicious because the tag had been switched on it. The last tag was from 2005 and it had no insurance on it. The next […]

  • Huntsville Doctor Becomes Patient And Beats Cancer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Dr. Eric Janssen is an orthopaedic surgeon in Huntsville, but about two years ago he became the patient. He had no symptoms and says he felt like he was in perfect health at age 50.  A changed lymph node was Dr. Janssen’s only clue that something was wrong. One biopsy turned up nothing. But after more tests, a doctor told his wife that she better sit down. Eric Janssen recalls, “I know what that means, it […]

  • Woman Seeks Out Lung Cancer Trial At Clearview

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Dianna Cox found out in June that she has stage four lung cancer. It started with a cough. Her doctor originally thought it was asthma and put her on an inhaler. Eventually he sent her to have a CAT scan. She had a call from her doctor before she could even get back to work, with the news. With Dianna’s family history, she knew she had to be aggressive in treating this.  According to Dianna, “In […]

  • HudsonAlpha Leading The Way In Cancer Research

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – When you look at the numbers they can be frightening. If you’re a man, your chance of getting cancer is about fifty percent. One in three women will get cancer during her lifetime. But the good news is research has come a long way, and we’ve never been in a better time to battle cancer. Some of that research is going on right here in north Alabama. Go to HudsonAlpha in Huntsville and you’ll see researchers […]

  • Tennessee Valley Mom Pushes For Bone Marrow Donors

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Like any good mother, Nancy Salmon is quick to tell you all of the wonderful qualities of her one and only son, Paul. “He was a very intelligent young man, fun, he likes to have fun, sweet, kind, caring, just an all-around super nice guy.” Pictures and memories have become especially important after the Salmons lost Paul five years ago to acute myeloid leukemia. According to Nancy, he was diagnosed the day before his 23rd […]

  • Vann Pettaway’s Battle Off The Court

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Vann Pettaway was the men’s basketball coach at Alabama A&M for 25 years. He led the Bulldogs to eight NCAA tournament appearances and eight conference championships. The year 2005 was one of the highlight years of his career, as he led A&M to a SWAC regular season title and tournament title. But what many didn’t know was that he was facing a battle off the court as well.  Pettaway had prostate cancer. He had no […]

  • Limestone County Man Rescued After Car Falls On Him

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a close call for a Limestone County man who was trying to help out his son late last week.  He ended up needing help of his own. “I had jacked the car up right here and I’d taken the wheel off, or the tire,” said David Foust. Foust is lucky to be alive.  He was trying to fix his son’s car after it had broken down when something went terribly wrong. “I was […]

  • New Restaurant and Bar in Downtown Huntsville

    A new restaurant and bar opens Friday night in downtown Huntsville.  Mason’s Pub closed several months ago. Now there’s a new option opening in that location. The owners of Barrel House have changed the scenery inside quite a bit, knocking down walls, adding barrels, new high top seating, bench-style seating along the walls, and even a floor made of pennies. Barrel House will be a restaurant-bar mix with small plated food, local craft beer, specialty bourbon, and an extensive cocktail list. […]

  • Athens Working To Preserve Trinity High School Site

    There is a movement in Athens to preserve an important part of Limestone County history.  A site on Browns Ferry Road has been the location for a Civil War battle and a battle for equality.  The project is well underway and is now looking for more funding. Only a small part of the old Fort Henderson remains — a Union fort built in Athens during the Civil War from 1862 to 1865.  About five percent of the fort remains, and […]

  • World War II Veteran Honored in Athens

    American Legion Post 49 hosted an event in Athens on Memorial Day.  People remembered those who have lost their lives, and also honored a special serviceman who is still alive. Theo Calvin is a World War II veteran who, until Monday, had never received the medals due to him.  He was awarded five medals, including the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the World War II Victory Medal. Calvin served in World War II, with missions ranging from north […]

  • Brothers Arrested For Theft

    The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department is hoping the arrest of two brothers will clear up a number of theft cases in the county. 18-year-old Justin Colby King and 20-year-old Daniel Lynn King were arrested Tuesday night on a theft charge. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says they stole large farm equipment. Some of it was sold at an auction in Missouri, and some of it was sold for scrap metal. Blakely says some of the equipment was stolen from remote […]