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

  • Madison Mayor Looks Forward to 2013

    Posted on: 4:25 pm, January 3, 2013, by , updated on: 04:35pm, January 3, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Elected in August, sworn into office in November, he had to hit the ground running. That’s...
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  • Home From War: SSV Gives Navy Vet Job Search Skills That Pay Off!

    Posted on: 12:10 am, December 21, 2012, by , updated on: 07:25am, December 21, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of our men and women who serve in our armed forces will agree with...
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  • Home From War: Trace Adkins Concert Tickets On Sale

    Posted on: 11:00 pm, December 13, 2012, by , updated on: 04:07pm, December 14, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – So many times, our men and women who come home from war need help making the...
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    Trace Adkins
  • Home From War: Thanksgiving Reflections

    Posted on: 5:56 pm, November 22, 2012, by , updated on: 09:20am, November 23, 2012

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – During this long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, families are getting together to enjoy a meal. Some are...
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  • Home From War: Huntsville Ranks #1

    Posted on: 10:50 pm, November 15, 2012, by , updated on: 02:14pm, November 16, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Last month, Huntsville made Money Magazine’s 2012 list of 25 best places to retire. Add another honor...
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  • SSV Helping Raise Money for Brylie Girard

    Posted on: 7:41 am, November 9, 2012, by , updated on: 04:07pm, November 12, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the men and women who serve in our armed forces come home from war, they...
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  • Home From War: Desert Storm Veteran Fighting Biggest Battle at Home

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, November 1, 2012, by , updated on: 08:40am, November 2, 2012

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been said, war changes you. No one knows that better than the men and women...
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  • Six Murdered: Investigators Continue To Push Forward

    Posted on: 4:31 pm, October 30, 2012, by

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. & LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) -  It’s been more than a week since six people and an...
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  • Several Schools Hold Deployment Day Programs

    Posted on: 7:56 pm, October 26, 2012, by , updated on: 08:02pm, October 26, 2012

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Today, October 26th, is Deployment Day and several valley schools had assemblies to hear some special...
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  • Home From War: Home Depot Hosting Workshop For Vets

    Posted on: 10:51 pm, October 25, 2012, by , updated on: 01:32pm, October 26, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is launching a new segment on Friday mornings called “Home From War.”  Each...
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  • Neal Burch Scores Touchdown As A Monrovia Hawk

    Posted on: 7:43 pm, September 21, 2012, by and , updated on: 08:34pm, September 21, 2012

    MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Bo Jackson, Mark Ingram, Neal Burch… three of the best backs to every carry a football....
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  • Taking Action Special Report: Tech Trouble

    Posted on: 10:48 pm, September 12, 2012, by , updated on: 08:40am, September 13, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It can be especially hard being the parent of a student in Huntsville City Schools these...
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