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.

Recent Articles
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    Huntsville City Schools adjust Code of Student Conduct

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Huntsville City Schools made several changes to their Code of Conduct handbook. To avoid confusion School leaders are holding a series of meetings to explain the changes. The school system is taking a new approach to disciplining their students. Gregory Hicks is the Director of Behavioral Learning at Huntsville High School and he says they have a lot they want to explain during the meetings including, “how we created it and why we created it and how we […]

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    Three people injured in Selma church shooting, one in custody

    EAST SELMA, Ala. (CBS)- Three people were injured and a suspect is in custody after a church shooting in East Selma, Alabama, on Sunday. The Selma Times Journal reports the suspect is 26-year-old James Junior Minter of Selma, and he has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. Minter is accused of shooting his girlfriend, her newborn baby and the pastor at the Oasis Tabernacle Church, the Times Journal reports. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says Minter shot […]

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    Budget cuts could have large impact on DMV offices

    HUNTSVILLE, Al. (WHNT)- We all remember our highly anticipated sweet sixteen birthday. A lot of excitement surrounds getting your driver’s license, but that blissful feeling quickly fades when you see the line at the DMV office. Most days, the line wraps around the building before the office even opens and with recent proposed budget cuts that line will be even longer. The spokesperson for Alabama State Troopers, Curtis Summerville, says,”If those licenses shut down, some of our field offices in […]

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    Nashville terminal evacuated briefly due to suspicious bag

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)- Authorities say passengers were briefly evacuated from a terminal of the Nashville International Airport after a suspicious bag was discovered. A bomb robot determined it wasn’t a threat. Airport spokesman Minh Le told The Associated Press the unattended bag was discovered by an airport worker about 10 a.m. Sunday. He said the terminal by the ticketing counter was shut down for about two hours, and that people in the terminal went outside for about 20 minutes. Le […]

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    Alabama beats Middle Tennessee State 37-10

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP)- Jake Coker passed for 214 yards in the first half and Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 37-10 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The Crimson Tide (2-0) started slowly against the five-touchdown underdogs minutes after rival No. 6 Auburn eked out an overtime win over FCS team Jacksonville State. There was no such scare at Bryant-Denny Stadium, though. Coker started for the second straight game and gave no indication […]

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    Liberty Middle School adds ‘Makerspace’ addition to library

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT )- Several leaders of Madison City Schools gathered at Liberty Middle School to celebrate a new addition to their media center Thursday. The area is called “Makerspace” and includes innovative items like a 3D printer, a drone, a green screen, and much more. Teachers were just as excited as students were when the new area was finally revealed. School leaders have worked on the project for about a year now. At the beginning of the school year, the […]

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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 […]


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