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
  • UPDATE: Morgan County authorities locate escaped inmate

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports a previously escaped inmate is now back in custody Sheriff Franklin said Kenneth Pitts was being treated for injuries sustained from an altercation with another inmate when he fled on foot from the Decatur Morgan Hospital Monday afternoon. Pitts was captured a short time later on 5th Avenue. Pitts was incarcerated for second degree stalking and for violating parole. He is being held without bond.  

  • State Troopers: 1 injured in officer involved shooting in Chilton County

    CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. – One person was injured after an officer involved shooting early Saturday on I-65 in Chilton County according to our news partners at AL.com. State Troopers said the incident occurred just after 4 a.m. at a rest area near exit 212. They said one person was injured during a shooting that started as an altercation with a firearm. The suspect was transported to UAB Hospital. I-65 south exit 212 remains shut down Saturday morning due to the […]

  • Happening Today: Help welcome the Easter Bunny to the Tennessee Valley!

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Easter is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a fun family event to celebrate, Parkway Place Mall is your destination. Parkway Place Mall will be welcoming the Easter Bunny during their Easter Bunny Hop Party Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Cookie decorating will be available for the first 100 kids thanks to Great American Cookie. Fantasy Playhouse will provide face painting, and Home Depot will be on site to build crafts with children and […]

  • UPDATE: Mother killed in Tuesday wreck identified, her child died short time later in second incident

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency have identified the woman killed in a wreck Tuesday afternoon. Her young daughter died in another traffic incident a short time later on the same road. Investigators say the woman, identified as 39-year-old Julia Yates Patterson, died when the Ford Explorer she was driving collided head-on with a truck. It happened on Highway 117 at 3:00 p.m. Two others were hurt in that incident and taken to the […]

  • Huntsville City Councilman Devyn Keith hosts community conversation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Community policing took center stage Monday night in Huntsville. District 1 Councilman Devyn Keith laid out a proposal that he believes will reduce crime and build connections between citizens and police. It’s a tough balancing act. Even Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray admitted that. WHNT NEWS 19 Taking Action to do our part to bring this community conversation to the forefront. Watch the full discussion here: “I have a young son that I don’t want outside much because I […]

  • ADOC searching for escaped inmate

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections is searching for an inmate that left his assigned job location in Montgomery. Officials said Demetrius Harris, 45, escaped at approximately 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Harris is 5’9″, weighs about 241 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He is reported to be wearing a black jersey along with black pants and black shoes. Harris was sentenced to life in prison in 1999 after being convicted for first-degree theft of property. If you have any […]

  • Happening Today: Big Daddy Weave playing at Priceville High School

    Christian music fans, listen up! A special concert Sunday will take place at Priceville High School. The concert is being hosted by the Shoal Creek Baptist Church and will feature headlining artist Big Daddy Weave, along with We Are Messengers and Zach Williams. Big Daddy Weave is one of the top artists in Christian Music, and has sold over one million albums. The doors will open to the concert at 7:00 PM on March 19th. Ticket prices are $15-50. You […]

  • Decatur school board accepts superintendent’s resignation

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur City School board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dan Brigman during an emergency meeting Saturday. The school board thanked Brigman for his service to students, parents, constituents, faculty, staff, and administration of Decatur City Schools. They also wished Brigman and his family all the best. Brigman did not attend the meeting. The board unanimously voted to accept his resignation. He started the position 10 months ago taking over when former Superintendent Ed Nichols retired. There was […]

  • Love wood crafting? You’ll love this!

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you have an interest in any aspect of wood crafting, you may be interested in an event happening Saturday. The Northern Alabama Woodcrafters are hosting an Intarsia event at the Jaycee’s Community Building. Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses different types of wood to create a 3D picture. “Intarsia Queen” Judy Gale Roberts will be in attendance. The event is Saturday, March 18 from 9:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. […]

  • Happening Today: The Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo returns for its second year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo returns for its second year! The family friendly event offers fun for everyone. A cosplay contest with some of the best cosplayers around will be held. Vendors will be on site selling all things nerdy. Local authors and artists will also be present to showcase their work to the public. Bring the kids! Face painting, balloon artists and a puppet show will be available for their enjoyment. There will also be […]

  • Police arrest Decatur man in connection to Big Bob Gibson fire

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police arrested Anthony Joseph Messina Monday in connection to a fire that damaged Big Bob Gibson BBQ last week. Detective Jackson with the Property Crimes Division responded to a report of a fire damaging the outside of the restaurant at 1715 6th Ave Sunday, March 5th. During the investigation, Messina was developed as a suspect. Detectives with the Property Crimes Unit arrested Messina at his home Monday and transported him to the Decatur Police Department, where he was […]

  • Spelman College Glee Club to perform in efforts to raise scholarship funds

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Area Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College presents the Spelman College Glee Club in concert. The event is part of the college’s annual tour around the country to raise funds to support the Dr. Bessie Washington Jones Scholarship Fund. The group, made up of 44 students, will be performing at the Academy of Academics & Arts Sunday, March 12 at 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, or for more information, click here.