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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.

Recent Articles
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    One confirmed dead and several boaters missing after severe weather hits the Gulf

    MOBILE, Ala. (WHNT)-The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for several missing boaters around Mobile Bay after a patch of severe weather disrupted a sailing regatta Saturday afternoon. Coast Guard officials said they responded to a report of multiple capsized vessels around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Two response boats, an airplane and two helicopters were deployed to search for the missing people. At least one person is confirmed dead, said Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier. The race was scheduled to start in […]

  • Inspirational athletes at the Morgan County Special Olympics

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala (WHNT) – Athletes from all over Morgan County gathered at Ogle Field to compete in multiple Special Olympic competitions. These athletes have been training and practicing leading up to the event. Alyssa Owens participated in the softball throwing competition and the 50 meter run. She said, “Well I was at school practicing for the 50 meter run and the softball throw.” Her hard work at practice paid off. She received a ribbon for both competitions. She was so […]

  • Coordinators ready with weather plans for Panoply

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Panoply event coordinators are paying close attention to this weekends forecast. They have weather plans in place and are coordinating with other organizations just in case they have to make the decision to close things down. Rain or shine, the show must go on.  They will only cancel the event if the park closes. Joanna White is the Art Council marketing manager and she told us, “Well if we have severe weather anytime during the festival we make […]

  • Students prepare for Butler High School to close; School system providing help with transition

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are only a few short weeks before Butler High School closes its doors for good. While students and faculty are sad to see their school close, they are staying positive and focusing on what’s important. Butler’s students will be spread out between four different schools next year.  Being forced to change schools is tough on teenagers. The Huntsville City School district said it knows how the transition can affect students. Teachers and faculty are working […]

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    Fatal dirt bike accident in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Albertville Police tell WHNT that 20-year-old Cody Gene Holland of Albertville was killed in a dirt bike accident Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred on private property near the intersection of Highway 431 and Buchanan Road. The other rider, 20-year-old Dylan Smith Gore was airlifted to Huntsville from Marshall Med South. Authorities say that both were driving toward each other and both swerved the same direction causing a head on collision. Traffic was back up while crews cleared […]

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    UPDATE: Huntsville Police identify parties involved in weekend shooting involving an officer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police tell us an officer shot a woman, identified as Lisa Skinner, Sunday afternoon on Bonnie Oaks Drive in south Huntsville. They say the woman’s estranged husband, Bradley Skinner, broke the glass out of a back door of the home to get inside. He had a pistol and large knife in his possession. Lisa has a protection order against Bradley. Officers say Lisa armed herself with a shotgun then went into the garage. They say […]

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    Missing four-year-old Athens child found safe

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)- Athens police have located a missing four-year-old boy. The child was found safe Saturday evening. Police say Jeremiah Michael Owens went missing in Athens around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Police are still investigating what led to his disappearance.

  • Breaking down fact and fiction when it comes to lightning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT)- When I was a child, I was told never to take a shower during a thunderstorm. But once I got older, I wondered if that was even true. I set out to find answers and found out a lot more than I intended. Phillip Bitzer works as an Assistant Professor at UAH and does a lot of lightning research. Bitter said, “A question I get asked often is, ‘Are you safe in the shower during a lightning […]

  • Barbecue restaurant in Athens buys Greenbrier building

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- It all started in a driveway on 306 Lindsey Lane and now it is a successful barbecue house in Athens. It’s called 306 Barbecue and after three years of business they are already expanding. Co-owner Lee Noah says, “We purchased Greenbrier over off of I-565 and looking to grow… things have gone well here.” The old Greenbrier Barbecue restaurant has been closed for a while but co-owner Whitney Skipworth is excited to bring the building back to […]

  • Criminal Justice professors use current events to teach lectures

  • The Botanical Garden Plant Sale

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- The Huntsville Botanical Garden still plans on having their annual Plant Sale rain or shine. Saturday the sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m. Sunday the sale starts at noon and lasts until 5:00 p.m. The event is free to the public.

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    The Riley Center provides support for children with Autism

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- According to the CDC, about 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. North Alabama specifically has a larger number of diagnoses. The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center in Huntsville makes a lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of children with Autism. Some people even travel an hour each way just to have their children attend The Riley Center. The Riley Center individualizes the course work for each student. Educational Director Jamie Cummings says each individual […]


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