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
  • Drugs and cash found during traffic stop. (Courtesy: Boaz Police)

    Police uncover meth, money during traffic stop in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. — What started as a traffic stop, turned into a large drug and cash seizure Saturday according to police. Boaz Police say they pulled over a vehicle on US-431 around midnight. The occupants were identified as Jason Lee Gillian, 42, of Altoona and Sonya Ann Gibbs, 40, of Fort Payne. When police asked where they were going, there were some uncertainties between the two, so they were asked to step out and speak with officers separately. Gillian was then found […]

  • Wintzell's Oyster House closes after 6 years in Huntsville.

    Wintzell’s Oyster House closes in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — After six years in business, Wintzell’s Oyster House closed its doors in Huntsville for the last time. The Mobile seafood chain announced the closure Sunday via a post on their Facebook page. The closure comes three years after Wintzell’s shut down its Decatur eatery on Beltline Road. The restaurant continues to operate in multiple locations across Alabama, including one in Guntersville.

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    Madison County Sheriff pens open letter condemning Alabama Senate Bill 24

    Local law enforcement officers say an impending bill in the Alabama Senate could threaten the safety of officers. Alabama Senate Bill 24 would, in part, repeal the current statute that requires a permit, issued by the Sheriff of the county you reside, to allow for the full concealment of a handgun on your person or in a vehicle. Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning released the following open letter to Madison County citizens, condemning the bill: Dear Citizens of Madison County, My […]

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    Fatal pedestrian hit-and-run under investigation in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Marshall County authorities are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that happened Sunday night. Officials say a pedestrian was hit and killed on Rose Road, just outside of Albertville. The Marshall County coroner identified the victim as Anthony Lynn Chaney. No further information is available as authorities continue to investigate.

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    Tenders set to take over former Little Paul’s Barbecue location

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Tenders has announced they will be opening a fourth location in the former Little Paul’s Barbecue building on Madison Street. The restaurant made the announcement via a post on their Facebook page. Tenders has not released a specific launch date for the new location. After serving the area for 15 years, Little Paul’s Barbecue closed its doors back in January.

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    2 killed following motorcycle wreck Sunday afternoon

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. — Two people died Sunday afternoon following a single-vehicle crash according to ALEA. Officials say Kenneth David Pugh, 49, and Pamela Denise Brooks Thrasher, 36, both of Leighton, were killed when the 2000 Yamaha motorcycle they were occupying left the roadway and overturned. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. on Lagrange Road, three miles south of Muscle Shoals. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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    19-year-old killed following single-vehicle wreck

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Alabama State Troopers confirm a single-vehicle crash claimed the life of an Athens man early Sunday morning. According to the release, Morgan Lane Creel,19, was killed when the 2003 Toyota Corolla he was driving left the roadway and overturned before striking a tree. Creel was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The wreck happened around 4 a.m. on New Cut Road, less than a mile west of […]

  • Kenneth Dewayne Coker (Courtesy: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

    Authorities search for escaped inmate from Lauderdale County Detention Center

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped Friday night from the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Officials confirm Kenneth Dewayne Coker has been charged with third-degree escape, failure to appear and first-degree theft of property. If you see Coker, you’re asked to contact the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at 256-760-5757.

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    New Madison superintendent Robby Parker discusses challenges he faces

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Madison’s new superintendent, Robby Parker, is settling into his new job. He’s been in the school system for more than two decades, starting as a teacher and coach. He joins us this week on Leadership Perspectives, and had a lot to say about the challenges for the system and the job. “Because of the growth we’re able to do things…we’re able to do anything we want because with growth comes the opportunity to hire staff…the opportunity to […]

  • Everett Johnson

    Bentley appoints Everette Johnson new Marshall County DA

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — It’s official. Gov. Bentley confirmed Everette Johnson as the new Marshall County district attorney Friday afternoon. Johnson is taking over for Steve Marshall, after Marshall was appointed the new Alabama attorney general last week. Johnson is a longtime member of the Marshall County DA’s office. He is expected to be sworn in next week.

  • Jonathan Keith Kennedy (left) Michael Ray Morrison (middle) James Brent Brown (right) (Courtesy ADOC)

    UPDATE: Third escaped Decatur work release inmate found

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. –The third inmate who escaped from the Decatur Work Release Center Monday has been recaptured according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. UPDATE: Escaped inmate, James Brent Brown, has been RECAPTURED pic.twitter.com/CeNa5EYjdp — Alabama Corrections (@ALCorrections) February 15, 2017 James Brent Brown, 45, was captured Wednesday around 3 p.m. at a home in Falkville. He is serving a 99 year sentence on a 1997 manslaughter conviction in Morgan County. He would have been eligible for parole in December 2018. […]

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    Police investigate shooting at Sparkman Walmart

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police confirm a shooting occurred at the Walmart on Sparkman Drive in Huntsville on Sunday afternoon. Walmart released a statement about the incident Monday. “Keeping our customers and associates safe is among our top priorities, and this weekend’s incident had nothing to do with our store. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer all questions to local law enforcement.” Police believe someone opened fire in the parking lot. Police are reviewing security camera footage from […]