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
  • Huntsville City Schools Behavioral Guide Draft

    LIVE BLOG: Meeting at Huntsville High Freshman Academy about new Behavioral Learning Guides

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools will implement new student conduct guidelines next year, and now is your chance to give input on the changes. Recently, the Huntsville Board of Education unveiled the new “Behavioral Learning Guide” draft.  If approved, the guide would replace the current Code of Conduct and take effect next school year, 2016-17.  Parents, you can learn more about the guides at a meeting tonight (Tuesday, May 3rd) in the Huntsville High School Freshman Academy.   At […]

  • Huntsville City Schools Behavioral Guide Draft

    TONIGHT: Meeting at Huntsville High Freshman Academy about new Behavioral Learning Guides

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools will implement new student conduct guidelines next year, and now is your chance to give input on the changes. Recently, the Huntsville Board of Education unveiled the new “Behavioral Learning Guide” draft.  If approved, the guide would replace the current Code of Conduct and take effect next school year, 2016-17.  Parents, you can learn more about the guides at a meeting tonight (Tuesday, May 3rd) in the Huntsville High School Freshman Academy.   At […]

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    Update: 4-year-old collects over $4,000 for families in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    ELKMONT, Ala. – At a very young age, we learn a lot of lessons that we use for the rest of our life.  We learn how to be nice, how to share, what to do and what not to do.  A precious little 4-year-old girl in Limestone County has already faced some tough obstacles, and she is using her life lessons to bring hope to a family going through difficult times. Molly Paysinger is strong. She’s been through a lot, though. “She […]

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    3 students arrested in lunchroom fight at Grissom High School, mother confronts HCS spokesperson

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Police Department called in extra officers Thursday morning to Grissom High School to help control a fight in the lunchroom. The incident happened about 9 a.m.  According to Keith Ward, spokesperson for Huntsville City Schools, three female students got involved in a fight. The school resource officer was there and called in extra officers to help as a precaution, because so many students were in the lunchroom.  The Huntsville Police Department’s South Precinct is just […]

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    UAH receives $50,000 to help fund severe weather research

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It has been five years since the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. Several areas are still recovering from the tornadoes that hit Alabama that day. Madison County leaders are investing in research to help forecasters better predict and track tornadoes, that way, communities can be better prepared. Madison County Commission donated $50,000 to severe weather research being done at the UAH SWIRLL building. Kevin Knupp is an Atmospheric Science Professor at UAH and says this money will […]

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    Construction complete at Big Spring Park East just in time for Panoply

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Big Spring Park has a beautiful facelift.  The City of Huntsville may have started the construction to fix some drainage issues, but in the process, the area also received a few updates. The city’s hard work is evident when you look at the eastern portion of the park.  It’s essentially complete, according to Chris O’Neal, the Facilities Project Manager.  The final walk-through was scheduled for Thursday, when all departments involved in the project examined the entire park to […]

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    Schools using apps and social media to encourage college application process

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Times are changing and in order to truly reach the younger generation, you need to talk their language. That means tweets, likes, snaps, and the list only goes on. This is something counselors at Madison City Schools are working towards in order to reach a larger audience of their students. “What we know about kids today is you can’t just choose one service — we have to go with all services,” said Daniel Whitt, Technology Coordinator […]

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    Remembering Carmen Johnson: Priceville teen drowns in Smith Lake while swimming with family

    WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says a swimming incident on Lewis Smith Lake claimed the life of a Hartselle teen Saturday afternoon. 15-year-old Carmen Elizabeth Johnson drowned while swimming with family off a boat dock at a residence near Double Springs in Winston County. ALEA was called to the scene around 12:45 Saturday afternoon. Johnson was pulled from the water around 2:45 p.m. and she was pronounced dead on the scene. Family members on Facebook say Johnson had been […]

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    Gurley Community celebrates new HEALS Clinic

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT)- Several community members gathered at the Madison County Elementary School Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new HEALS Clinic.  HEALS stands for Health Establishments at Local Schools. The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing accessible, quality school-based medical and dental care for the most vulnerable children in Huntsville and Madison County. The new clinic will provide comprehensive dental and medical care to Madison County Elementary School students and their siblings from birth through age 18. Madison County Elementary School […]

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    Alabama Board of Education names interim Superintendent

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)- The Alabama Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting April 14th in which board members discussed the next steps in selecting a State Superintendent. Dr. Tommy Bice retired March 31st as the Alabama State Superintendent. Since his retirement, Juliana Dean has served as the proxy Superintendent. On Thursday, board members selected Dr. Phillip Cleveland as the interim state superintendent. The board also made the decision to set August 1st as their target date for selecting a permanent state […]

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    Alabama Board Of Education searching for new State Superintendent

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The state school board is searching for a new superintendent for Alabama public schools. The former State Superintendent, Dr. Tommy Bice announced his retirement in March. Dr. Bice has served in public education for 39 years. He has led Alabama’s public school systems for more than four years. Dr. Bice’s retirement went into effect on March 31st. In mid-March board members voted Juliana Dean as the interim Superintendent. Dean is the General Counsel for the Alabama Department […]

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    Rover Challenge brings student from all over the world to the Rocket City

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- The Rover Challenge is a two day event that attracts students from all over the world. Almost 80 teams competed in this years competition. Teams from the United States, Italy, Germany, India, Mexico, Columbia and Russia, as well as Puerto Rico, took on NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The challenge requires students teams to design, construct, test, and race human-powered rovers through an obstacle course that simulates the terrain potentially found on distant planets, asteroids or moons. […]

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