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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    Tonight at 10:00 — How genetic testing provides information to help shape your future

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sometimes people are taken down roads in life they would never choose on their own; faced with speed bumps that seem impossible to overcome. You may travel through life, never slowing down… until one day that stops you in your tracks. “He said, ‘You have cancer.'” Hannah Ward’s mom, Jeanne, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fear, worry and sadness seemed to consume the Ward family. Jeanne was given the strength to beat the cancer, but that didn’t […]

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    Thief scams single mother of 4 into selling diamond ring in exchange for counterfeit cash

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- There are all sorts of thieves in this world. They all steal for different reasons. Some feel like people steal because they think it is their only option. They have hit a point in their life where they feel like they don’t have a choice. What they don’t think about is the people they are stealing from and what they are going through. Amy Weaver is a single mother of four beautiful children, all under the […]

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    Huntsville to host Association of University Research Parks International Conference in 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- The Rocket City is thriving for several reasons. City leaders gathered on Wednesday to announce exciting news about an international conference. The Rocket City will host the 2017 Association of University Research Parks International Conference. The conference will take place entirely in Cummings Research Park. The Director of Cummings Research Park, Erin Koshut, says this is a great opportunity for Huntsville. “Cummings Research Park has a large economic impact to our community. It has a crown jewel of […]

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    Jail evaluation claims Madison County Jail is severely understaffed

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Recently a lot of controversy has surrounded the Madison County Jail. Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning went before the Madison County Commission to deliver a laundry list of issues that must be addressed in order to improve jail operations. This topic took up over 45 minutes of the County Commission meeting. Sheriff Dorning invited Tate McCotter, the Executive Director for National Institute for Jail Operations, to the Madison County Commission to shed some light on the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Molly Paysinger

    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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    New Behavioral Learning Guide to replace Code of Conduct in Huntsville City Schools

    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.  Here, you can read the Elementary Behavioral Learning Guide and the Secondary Behavioral Learning Guide. There’s a set of two, because administrators say there are upgraded consequences as students progress. The guides, school system attorneys say, remedy problems with the current code of conduct. You […]

  • Several police officers responded to Grissom High School on Thursday to break up a fight. (Photo: Hannah Ward/WHNT News 19)

    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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