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

  • Alabama Having Fun on “Back to the Bowery” Tour

    Posted on: 9:19 pm, August 26, 2013, by , updated on: 05:58pm, August 27, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It is 589 miles from the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to the Grand Ole...
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  • The Melissa George Fund: Helping Tiny Patients at Huntsville Hospital

    Posted on: 9:25 pm, August 22, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:27pm, August 22, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 8th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa are coming up this weekend. Those two...
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  • Lost and Found Event Reunites Lost Property With Owners

    Posted on: 10:23 pm, July 22, 2013, by , updated on: 10:56pm, July 22, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some of our friends and neighbors here in the Tennessee Valley have more money in their pockets...
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  • Gen. Via Addresses Large Crowd at Armed Forces Luncheon

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, July 18, 2013, by , updated on: 08:00pm, July 18, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Team Redstone hosted the annual Armed Forces Celebration luncheon...
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    General Dennis Via speaks to a large crowd Thursday, July 18 at the Von Braun Center. (Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)
  • ‘Pay It Forward’ Story Touches The Heart of Viewer

    Posted on: 9:48 pm, May 13, 2013, by , updated on: 10:49am, May 16, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Every once in a while, you see a story that hits close to home or it...
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  • Wounded Huntsville Marine Thanks Trace Adkins For His Music

    Posted on: 10:20 pm, March 22, 2013, by , updated on: 11:45pm, March 27, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s been six months since Marine Lance Corporal Kendall Bane was shot four times while serving in...
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    Marine Lance Corporal Kendall Bane Meets Trace Adkins
  • Free Tickets to Veterans for the March 22 Benefit Concert Featuring Trace Adkins and Jana Kramer

    Posted on: 9:50 pm, March 12, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:34pm, March 13, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Veterans are encouraged to request a free ticket for the American Freedom Festival Huntsville featuring country legend Trace...
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  • Valley Health Care Workers On Lookout for CRE

    Posted on: 4:41 pm, March 8, 2013, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Health care facilities and medical workers across the nation are being told to be on the...
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  • Mo Brooks Discusses Sequestration

    Posted on: 10:02 pm, March 1, 2013, by , updated on: 10:35pm, March 1, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Those automatic budget cuts, better known as sequestration officially began just after 7:30 p.m. March 1st. President...
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  • UPDATE: Madison Co. Superintendent Responds to Questions About Bullying

    Posted on: 10:06 pm, February 19, 2013, by , updated on: 05:49pm, February 20, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A school scuffle spreads like wildfire on social media. Several WHNT News 19 viewers alerted us...
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  • Kohl’s Hiring 105 Workers for Decatur Store

    Posted on: 4:11 pm, January 11, 2013, by , updated on: 04:18pm, January 11, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kohl’s is ready to start hiring 105 workers for its new store in Decatur. Kohl’s Department...
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  • Huntsville Mayor Talks About A New Year

    Posted on: 4:29 pm, January 3, 2013, by , updated on: 04:33pm, January 3, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle was able to work in a little vacation time around the holidays....
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