Jerry Hayes

Jerry Hayes is in his 33nd year at WHNT News 19. He joined WHNT News 19 in March of 1979.

Jerry was born in Nashville, Tennessee. While working on his college degree at Middle Tennessee State University, he landed an internship at WTVF, the CBS affiliate in Nashville. After graduation, Jerry was hired as chief videotape editor in the News Department. In the fall of 1978, he moved to Huntsville. He was hired by WHNT as a reporter, but within a couple of weeks began producing and anchoring the weekend newscasts. After working as 10 o'clock co-anchor and then noon anchor, Jerry was moved to the 6 and 10 main anchor spot in November of 1983.

Jerry has literally been around the world gathering stories for WHNT NEWS 19. He's reported from the White House and brought stories home from as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia. But some of his favorite memories are of interviewing and getting to know the boys in the band from Fort Payne. Jerry was the first television reporter to interview members of the group Alabama. Jerry loves country music. After all, he's from Nashville. And in 2008 and 2010, Jerry was invited to be a guest announcer during a live portion of the Grand Ole Opry! He was thrilled to be a part of the radio show that his great grandfather listened to on Saturday nights.

Jerry's been honored with numerous awards during his journalistic career. He’s a five time Emmy nominee and in 2010, was inducted by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle. Inductees are honored for their contributions to the television industry for 25 years or more in broadcasting. Jerry was recognized with the Associated Press Television Award for Best News Anchor in Alabama in 2005 and 2006. And the Alabama Broadcasters Association presented Jerry its Abby award for Best Anchor in 2008 and 2011.

When Jerry's not at work, he loves spending time with family. He also enjoys playing golf and loves to fish. If you're ever out and about and you run into Jerry, say hello. He loves meeting the people who watch WHNT News 19.

Recent Articles

  • Three Hurt in Wreck on South Parkway, Traffic Slowed Near Charlotte Drive

    Posted on: 2:14 pm, April 14, 2014, by , and , updated on: 03:17pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A wreck along Memorial Parkway between Charlotte Drive and Byrd Spring Road blocked traffic in the...
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  • Bizcomm Begins New Chapter for Huntsville Radio Service, Inc.

    Posted on: 9:30 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 11:34am, April 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – What’s in a name?  Plenty if you’ve been in business in Huntsville for almost seven decades.  Huntsville...
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    Bizcomm President/CEO Beverly Boylan cuts a ribbon officially adding the new division to Huntsville Radio Service, Inc.
  • Havoc Players Visit NICU For First Time

    Posted on: 9:03 pm, March 25, 2014, by , updated on: 05:26pm, March 26, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re a hockey fan, you’ve heard of the “Miracle on Ice.” But recently, some professional...
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    Huntsville Havoc hockey players visit the Regional NICU before Melissa George Night.
  • Tanner Soccer Players Have a Giving Spirit

    Posted on: 8:44 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 09:30pm, March 15, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – From time to time, we hear from our viewers who want us to bring them some...
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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of Birmingham Area Students and Teachers Stuck at School Overnight

    Posted on: 9:07 pm, January 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:09pm, January 28, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of students, teachers and staff are stuck at Birmingham area schools tonight because of the...
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    Teachers get comfortable for a night at school
  • Doctors Set Up Tents to See Patients After Pipes Burst

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, January 15, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A little more than a week ago, old man winter was causing big problems for some...
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  • Burst Sprinkler Pipe Shuts Down Dermatology Associates

    Posted on: 9:38 pm, January 7, 2014, by , updated on: 10:43pm, January 7, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It was business as usual Tuesday at Dermatology Associates on Balmoral Drive in Huntsville until about...
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    A burst sprinkler pipe brought down the ceiling in the foyer of Huntsville's Dermatology Associates and flooded the building.
  • Madison Mayor Reflects on 2013 and Looks Ahead to 2014

    Posted on: 7:00 pm, December 30, 2013, by , updated on: 07:22pm, December 30, 2013

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison mayor Troy Trulock is wrapping up his first full calendar year in office. WHNT News...
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    Madison Mayor Troy Trulock reflects on 2013 and looks forward to 2014
  • Huntsville Mayor Reflects on 2013 And Looks Ahead

    Posted on: 7:00 pm, December 30, 2013, by , updated on: 07:09pm, December 30, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tommy Battle is wrapping up the first year of his second term as Huntsville mayor. Ask...
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    Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle reflects on 2013 and looks ahead to a new year.
  • Eric Freeman’s Son Planning 250-Mile Ride in Memory of His Dad and Other Fallen Officers

    Posted on: 5:04 pm, December 5, 2013, by , updated on: 08:17am, December 7, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – December 14, 2007. Huntsville police officer Eric Freeman is shot in the head after responding to...
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  • Electronic Cigarettes Booming In Popularity, But Are They Safe?

    Posted on: 10:02 am, November 28, 2013, by , updated on: 08:12am, December 5, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The sale of electronic cigarettes in this country is booming. Three of the major cigarette companies are...
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  • Local Business Cuts Pork Prices for Furloughed Workers

    Posted on: 7:32 pm, October 4, 2013, by

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Call it a sign of the times. A Limestone County businessman is doing his part...
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