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Hannah Ward joined WHNT News 19 in May 2014 as a producer and a reporter. Born and raised in Athens, she is excited to start her career close to home.

Hannah has a degree in telecommunication and film from The University of Alabama. While in school, she worked for WVUA-TV in Tuscaloosa and was a student reporter for WVUA-FM. Hannah was also a host for T-Town TV. In between studying and working Hannah enjoyed volunteering at The West Alabama Boys and Girls Club.

Hannah’s love for producing and reporting is driven by her love for people. She has a passion for telling stories and looks forward to keeping the Tennessee Valley informed.

When Hannah is not working she loves spending time with family and friends. She loves helping others and serving her community. She also enjoys staying active and being outdoors.

If you have any news tips, comments or questions, you can email her at hannah.ward@whnt.com or find her on Twitter @HannahWardWHNT.


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    Progress report on Ditto Landing upgrades: Board members say plenty of work has been done

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A few months ago, Madison County and Huntsville City leaders made an exciting announcement about an impressive plan to expand and upgrade Ditto Landing.  City planners said it was all a part of Huntsville’s “Big Picture” Plan.  WHNT News 19 had the opportunity to speak at length with members of the Ditto Landing board to get an update on the progress. Parts of the plan completed so far The Master Plan consists of three different phases. […]

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    “Super Bowl of professional fishing” picks Huntsville to host 2016 Forrest L. Wood Cup

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wheeler Lake will be the site for the 2016 Forrest L. Wood (FLW) Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. Event organizers made the announcement today in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The event will launch from Ditto Landing. FLW provides anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete. “Wheeler Lake has been the site of many successful FLW events,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We are thrilled to be working with our partners at the […]

  • First year teacher benefits from mentoring

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)- The first day of school can be stressful for teachers and if it is their first year teaching, it is even more stressful. Starting a new job is intimidating for anyone, no matter what profession. Madison City Schools has a teacher mentoring program that aims to help first year teachers feel more comfortable when they arrive to their new job. Kylie Henriksen is a 4th grade teacher at Mill Creek Elementary and she mentors Kimberly Harper who […]

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    James Clemens extends lunch to one hour

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Students attending James Clemens High School used to have only about 20 to 30 minutes for lunch, but now they have an entire hour. The time is use for much more than eating, though. It is a time for students to relax and take a break from intense school work. They are allowed to eat whenever they want within that hour and do whatever else they want with that extra time. The school has plenty of ways for […]

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    Disney is building massive Star Wars lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

    NEW YORK — The happiest places on Earth are about to get a galactic upgrade. Walt Disney said it would build two new Star Wars theme parks at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The announcement was made Saturday at the company’s D23 Expo. The themed-land expansion, at 14 acres each, will be Disney’s largest ever. Star Wars fans will be treated to two main attractions: the chance to participate in an epic battle and control the Millennium Falcon on […]

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    Talladega Mayor hospitalized after being beaten with baseball bat

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (WHNT)- According to our news partners at AL.com, 74-year-old Larry Barton, mayor of Talladega, was beaten with a baseball bat outside of a barber shop. Police arrested a 71-year-old man after the alleged beating on Saturday morning.  Vestavia Hills Police said the assault occurred outside of Cahaba Heights Plaza Barber Shop a little before 8 a.m. Both men were transported to hospitals for treatment. As of now, Barton remains at UAB. Vestavia Police Department’s Lt. Brian Gilham said the […]

  • NASA prepares to test the RS-25 engine

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala, (WHNT) – On August 13th NASA will test the RS-25 engine at Stennis Space Center. The RS-25 engine was used in the Space Shuttle program and had a 100 percent mission success rate. With a record like that, NASA still has big plans for the engine. Corey Harrell is an aerospace engineer for the Marshall Space Flight Center here in Huntsville and he says, “The RS-25 is one piece to the puzzle for us to eventually get man flight to […]

  • Students given the option to take more classes before or after normal hours

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Usually students dread going into school early, but Madison City Students asked for it. So school system leaders decided to extend the school day to give students the option to come in early or stay late. Jennifer Farner is in 11th grade at James Clemens High School, and she realized, “So I will get to school at 7 and leave around 5.” In order to take all the class she wants, she has to put in the […]

  • The Village at Oakland Springs coming soon to Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)- The City of Madison is constantly growing and city leaders do not plan to slow down anytime soon. Madison Mayor Troy Trulock told WHNT News 19 about an exciting new development already in the works. “This is just fantastic this is another first for the city of Madison and we couldn’t be more proud,” says Trulock. Along Huntsville Brownsferry Road in Madison sits a massive area of land that will soon be The Village at Oakland Springs. […]

  • UPDATE: Huntsville shooting victim dies from injuries, no suspect in custody

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police say a man shot at the Twickenham Lodge Apartments around 4 a.m. Thursday has died from his injuries. It happened at an apartment located on the 4100 block of Knight Road. Investigators say a neighbor called police after she heard two men arguing and then heard several gunshots. Officers found a man lying on the living room floor of the apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 33-year-old Douglas Williams, was taken to the hospital in […]

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    Checking on elderly neighbors during this summer heat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It was not too long ago that we were checking on Ms. Ester during freezing temperatures and now 6 months later not much has changed but the weather. Although it is not blazing hot outside, checking on your elderly neighbors is just as important. Here are some tips that Home Instead Senior Care takers suggest to keep seniors safe in the heat: Keep a glass of water in every room to quickly and easily access fluids. Drink plenty […]

  • More questions than answers remain after learning Chattanooga shooter’s education, employment history

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – While checking into the suspect’s background Friday, WHNT News 19 learned about his education and a little about his work experience. WHNT News 19’s Hannah Ward spoke with leaders from his alma mater who said they are saddened by what happened. After searching for details, we are starting to learn more about Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez’s life before he opened fire. “Unfortunately for us, we did have to confirm that the shooter was one of our graduates,” University of […]

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