• Follow me on:

Jerry Hayes is in his 36th 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 he listened to with his great grandfather on Saturday nights.

Jerry’s been honored with numerous awards during his journalistic career. He’s a seven time Emmy nominee and two time winner! In 2010, he 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 News Anchor of the Year in 2008, 2011 and 2013. In 2012, he also won an Abby award for a feature story called “A Father’s Love”. Jerry was also honored with a Region 12 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Sports Reporting in 2013.

When Jerry’s not at work, he loves spending time with family. He loves to fish, kayak, play golf and watch his Tennessee Titans! If you ever run into Jerry, say hello. He loves meeting the people who watch WHNT News 19. You can also email him at jerry.hayes@whnt.com.

Recent Articles
  • rr 42816

    Rodent droppings found at two businesses this week

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Pollo LoQuillo at 115 Franklin Street in Russellville: Score of 77 Cooked food not date marked. Can opener blade dirty. Chemicals stored above food container. Western Sizzlin at 568 US Hwy 431 in Boaz: Score of 81 Broken food contact equipment: scoops, skimmers, baskets, bin lids. TCS food on buffet above 41 degrees – pasta salad 53, tomato feta 49, steak 51, chicken 50, honey dew 51, chicken salad 48, potato salad 58, tuna salad 48, […]

  • Phil Campbell 20110427

    Photo Gallery: Phil Campbell moving forward 5 years after the storm

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – The small Franklin County town of Phil Campbell is still on the road to recovery. Five years ago on April 27, 2011, emergency workers and rescuers were digging people out of the rubble and trying to account for people who were missing. One of those helping was Steve Bell, who is now the mayor. “I think from the time I walked into the door at my house. It hit about ten minutes later,” Mayor Bell recalls. That was […]

  • joe

    Phil Campbell tornado survivor shares his story

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – April 27th, 2011 changed the lives of a lot of people. For one Phil Campbell couple, that day brought them closer to each other and to God. Joe Karwacki will tell you it’s nothing short of a miracle he and his wife, Wanda, survived the EF-5 tornado. He was about to take a nap when it tossed him out of bed. “I stood up and the Lord came to me and told me to keep […]

  • rr 42116

    Personal drinks in the cooler cost two businesses critical points on health inspection

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Town Creek Fillin Station at 12802 AL Hwy 227 in Guntersville: Score of 84 Hamburger patty at 113. Hot dog at 114. In use personal drink in cooler with facility food items. Chiska Food Mart at 6220 Hwy 72 West in Cherokee: Score of 84 Rodent droppings in the cabinet below fountain – coffee self-serve area – 10 day notice given. Walk in cooler holding deli sandwiches at 46 F – Abated by moving to the […]

  • RR 20160414

    Damaged wire fry baskets hurt several restaurants during inspections

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant at 1802 Hwy 72 East – Suite D in Athens: Score of 77 Damaged wire dipping baskets. Can opener needs cleaning. Cheese dip 90 – Not reheating properly. Beans 125 – Not cooling properly. Best Wings LLC # 1 at 3403 Meridian Street in Huntsville:  Score of 80 Food items were held at 52F-54F ( butter, turkey breast and cheese). No current documentation for food manager’s course. Legends Steakhouse at 201 N.  Seminary Street […]

  • Ut_HKthATH4eww8X4xMDoxOjBrO-I4W8

    Huntsville 11-year-old wins competition to join Justin Bieber on stage to dance in Atlanta

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – 11-year-old Pate Stutts of Huntsville may have a hard time sleeping this weekend. He’s heading to Atlanta next week to dance on stage with Justin Bieber! The Randolph fifth grader is one of four young dancers selected to join the artist on stage during his concert Tuesday night. Pate saw Bieber in concert in Birmingham in 2013. His mom, Rhonda, told us that he probably watched the dancers who were on stage that night more than Justin. […]

  • rr 3-31

    A buffet of businesses don’t cut the mustard this week!

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Store N Deli at 119 North Cedar Street in Florence: Score of 65 Hands not being washed prior to gloving and handling ready to eat food. 48 hour notice given. Eggs coming from unapproved source. 48 hour notice given. Unapproved eggs no longer being sold in the store or in the store for use. Chicken sitting in sink at 66-67 F. 48 hour notice given. Procedures reviewed again. Hand sanitzer on prep table with food and […]

  • pif community free clinic

    Community Free Clinic needs supplies and cash donations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Community Free Clinic has been providing health care to Madison county residents for 17 years.  150,000 people who either have no insurance or other access to health care have turned to the clinic since 1999. The clinic is a couple of blocks west of Huntsville Hospital. It’s where people turn who have no other choice to get well. 400 patients show up every month for clinics three days a week. Shotsie Platt is the director. Three […]

  • large

    Counterfeit prescription leads to arrest of two in Lawrence Co.

    MOULTON, Ala. – Two people are arrested after an investigation into forged prescriptions. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell identifies the two as 55 year old Kathy Johnson Graham and 35 year old Bradley Keith Hill, both of Moulton. Both are charged with forgery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Members of the Lawrence Co. Drug Task Force and Moulton police confiscated prescription pain pills including Oxycodone and Xanax. Graham and Hill were booked into the Lawrence […]

  • rr 3-24-16.jpeg

    Health violations found inside and outside this week

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: B & S Grocery at 21171 Elkton Rd. in Athens: Score of 74 Pooled grease around tallow can Raw sewage on ground out back of store Expired food safety certificate Handsinks less than 100 F A & D Food Mart at 19230 East Limestone Rd. in Athens: Score of 80 Cracked funnel and lids Clean ice maker, drink nozzles and meat slicer Vulcan Food Mart at 28485 Hwy. 24 in Russellville: Score of 81 Bottom shelf […]

  • pif fran frederick

    Woman with a warm heart buys blankets and jackets for homeless

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (WHNT) For most people, the lessons we learn as a child stay with us for the rest of our lives. Fran Frederick of Huntsville is taking one of those life lessons and living it daily. The trunk of her car is usually packed with items most of us would keep on hand for an emergency. That includes blankets, bottled water, food and jackets.  But the supplies aren’t for her. It’s to help people who are homeless survive on […]

  • promo282546785

    Five Morgan Co. eateries get low scores this week

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: ZEELN4U, Inc. at 7178 Highway 67 South in Somerville: Score of 75 Teflon peeling in pans; damaged food containers; interior of ice machine damaged Bologna 50 F, cheese 52 F, eggs 49 F Chicken wings 115-118 F, potato wedges 109 F The Old Cookstove at 91 Reeder Road in Danville: Score of 78 Sewage on the ground in back of restaurant Rust and mold in ice maker 2 personal drinks stored above active food prep area Corner […]