A Huntsville native, Irene loves working in her hometown.
After graduating from Lee High School in 2010, she went off to the University of Montevallo. There she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations.
She started at WHNT shortly after graduation as a part-time Production Assistant. From there she went on to be promoted to News Editor. After some time dominating Final Cut X, a position on the web team opened up. She is the newest Interactive Content Producer and absolutely loves it.


Recent Articles
  • After 9 days of hard work, a festive display lights up a home in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. — We’re featuring some of the best Christmas lights around the Tennessee Valley. If you need some help getting into the holiday spirit, you’ll definitely want to check out this home in Killen. The display on 425 Walnut Creek Lane has over 38,000 lights and a 20-foot mega tree! A lot of work went into the display. It took nine days to complete! If you know where to spot a spectacular display, let us know! We will highlight a different display every […]

  • Multiple characters help bring a Christmas display to life in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s that time of year again! Several people across the Tennessee Valley are getting into the spirit of the season and decorating their homes. According to Brittany Landers, her parents always go all out for the holidays. Their house is easily a neighborhood favorite. Several characters are featured at the home on Hickory Glen Circle including the Grinch, his dog Max and Cindy Lou. If you know about an amazing Christmas light display, let us know about […]

  • Dancing lights and singing trees welcome the holidays to one Madison neighborhood

    MADISON, Ala. — What are the holidays without some awesome light displays? One home in Madison did not disappoint. David Jakobsen let us know about this display on Libby Circle near Burgreen Road. The house features dancing lights, four singing Christmas trees and 10 inflatables! If you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to check it out. If you know about a home that goes all out for the holidays, let us know! Click here to submit their display. We […]

  • Decatur police determine missing 14-year-old girl as runaway

    DECATUR, Ala. — The Decatur Police Department has determined a missing teenager to be a runaway. Fourteen-year-old Irma Maria Diego-Gomez was last seen on October 11, 2017, at her home in Decatur when she left for school. Police said that when Irma did not arrive home in the afternoon, it was discovered that she never arrived at school. Decatur Police released this statement on October 31 about Irma’s status as a runaway: It is believed that Diego-Gomez left Decatur, Alabama on […]

  • Uber to begin operations at Huntsville International Airport ✈️

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Starting Monday, passengers at Huntsville International Airport will have an additional option for ground transportation. Ride-sharing company Uber has been given the go-ahead to operate at the airport. Airport officials made the announcement Friday. “We are pleased to have Uber join Lyft as our newest ground transportation company at Huntsville International Airport,” said Rick Tucker, Executive Director of the Port of Huntsville.  “Our goal was to craft an agreement with Uber that would bring a new transportation solution while also […]

  • Local teacher honored during annual Von Braun Memorial dinner

      HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A local teacher was recognized for her innovative teaching practices Thursday night during the 29th annual Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner.   Tammy Thorpe has been a math and science teacher for 28 years, most recently in Madison. Since 2005, Thorpe has actively used the Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI) program in her classroom as a basis of tools for STEM education activities. On Thursday night, Thorpe received the Educator of the Year award. During her acceptance […]

  • Handgun found in student’s backpack at Hazel Green High School, 1 in custody

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — According to a statement Madison County school officials sent WHNT News 19, a student is in custody after a handgun was recovered from their backpack Wednesday. The handgun was discovered after the administration says it received a report that a student from Hazel Green High School brought a weapon to school. The School Resource Officer from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and administrators located the student and took possession of the handgun before taking the student into […]

  • Woman airlifted to hospital after single vehicle crash on Hwy 72

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities responded to a single-vehicle wreck with entrapment Saturday afternoon in the area of 2800 Hwy 72, after the vehicle hit a utility pole. Police say a woman was rescued from the vehicle and was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries. According to police, the wreck blocked westbound lanes between Dug Hill and Ryland Pike. Authorities have since reopened Ryland Pike. No word yet on the cause of the crash.  

  • Decatur Police team up with animal services to help find animals forever homes

    DECATUR, Ala. — Decatur Animal Services along with some help from Decatur police are spotlighting a few puppies and kittens in need of loving homes. Jennifer Wingo, secretary to Police Chief Nate Allen, and Officer Heather Atchley enjoyed spending time with a few lively litters Friday morning. This week’s “Law Paws” includes multiple puppies and kittens. Puppies Rollie & Chenelle are two-month-old boxer puppies. They’re at the perfect age to be trained and are exceptionally attentive. Rollie and Chenelle love […]

  • Roy Moore delivers Keynote Speech at GOP Freedom Gala

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — The Madison County Republican Executive Committee held their 2nd biennial Freedom Gala: A Celebration of Freedom at the Jackson Center in Research Park on Thursday. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore delivered the Keynote Speech. Organizers say the event was expected to be the largest gathering of Republican officials, supporters, and patriots in North Alabama, and it showcased the influence of North Alabama within the Republican Party.

  • Local mail carrier indicted, accused of feeding meatballs with nails in them to neighborhood dogs

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A Madison County mail carrier accused of feeding dogs meatballs with nails has been indicted. Susanna Burhans was charged with aggravated animal cruelty back in June. She’s accused of feeding meatballs with nails in them to dogs during her mail route.  Ed Glover, a homeowner in New Hope, said he found one of the meatballs on the ground by his mailbox. After inspecting it, Glover said he found multiple nails inside. Glover became worried about his dog Missy and took her […]

  • Huntsville police search for 14-year-old runaway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville police are asking for the public’s help locating a 14-year-old runaway. Police say Danielle Faith Bryant ran away during the end of September. Danielle is said to be 5’8″ tall and weighs about 125 pounds. Investigators are asking anyone who has had contact with her to please call Huntsville Police at 256-722-7100.