Check ARMOR Radar
  • 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

Recent Articles
  • Madison Mayor Troy Trulock reflects on 2013 and looks forward to 2014

    Madison Mayor Reflects on 2013 and Looks Ahead to 2014

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison mayor Troy Trulock is wrapping up his first full calendar year in office. WHNT News 19 sat down with him to look back on the year that was and look ahead to what’s down the road. When we first caught up with the mayor this time last year, he’d only been in office for four months. He was just getting his feet wet. So how are things going after his first full year? “It’s fantastic,” […]

  • Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle (WHNT News 19 File)

    Huntsville Mayor Reflects on 2013 And Looks Ahead

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tommy Battle is wrapping up the first year of his second term as Huntsville mayor. Ask Battle what his administration’s biggest accomplishment has been in 2013 and he can’t narrow it down to one thing. He’s quick to point to roads and leadership training where city employees learn how to better do their jobs. “We made a conscious effort after the first term that we were going to turn inward a little bit,” said Battle, “And […]

  • cameron eric

    Eric Freeman’s Son Planning 250-Mile Ride in Memory of His Dad and Other Fallen Officers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – December 14, 2007. Huntsville police officer Eric Freeman is shot in the head after responding to a traffic accident on Bailey Cove near Weatherly Road. He died the next morning at Huntsville Hospital. Almost six years after his death, one of Eric’s sons is planning to honor his dad’s memory and that of another fallen police officer next spring. Cameron Freeman was only 11 when his dad was gunned down. He’ll be 18 when the 2014 […]

  • ecigs400

    Electronic Cigarettes Booming In Popularity, But Are They Safe?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The sale of electronic cigarettes in this country is booming. Three of the major cigarette companies are cashing in on the growing popularity of e-cigs. They’re selling them now. Even though they’re not FDA approved, more and more people are using them to kick the habit. It’s getting tougher for smokers to find a place to light one up. That and other reasons are why more and more people are turning to electronic cigarettes. The battery operated […]

  • Local Business Cuts Pork Prices for Furloughed Workers

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Call it a sign of the times. A Limestone County businessman is doing his part to help government workers during the shutdown. Bill Davis is just like everyone else, he’s trying to make a living. But he’s also willing to help those who aren’t getting a pay check because of the federal government shutdown. Davis says, “Since these people are getting laid off, they don’t have a choice in the matter.” He knows some folks […]

  • Back to the Bowery

    Alabama Having Fun on “Back to the Bowery” Tour

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It is 589 miles from the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It’s about a nine hour drive. But the journey has lasted 40 years for the boys from Fort Payne, Alabama. The founding members of the country music group Alabama are in the middle of their “Back to the Bowery” tour. Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry are touring again to celebrate 40 years since they started […]

  • The Melissa George Fund: Helping Tiny Patients at Huntsville Hospital

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 8th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa are coming up this weekend. Those two events are the biggest fund raisers for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund that benefits Huntsville Hospital’s tiniest patients. Eight years ago when Chris and Amy George set up the fund in memory of one of their twins who died shortly after birth, they decided to help other parents who might have to make the same trip through the regional […]

  • LostAndFound

    Lost and Found Event Reunites Lost Property With Owners

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some of our friends and neighbors here in the Tennessee Valley have more money in their pockets after watching our WHNT News 19 Taking Action “Lost and Found” Monday evening. All it took was a phone call to Montgomery. While State Treasurer Young Boozer joined us in our studio for two hours, his staff answered more than 500 telephone calls from viewers across north Alabama wanting to know if the state was holding unclaimed property or cash […]

  • General Dennis Via speaks to a large crowd Thursday, July 18 at the Von Braun Center. (Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)

    Gen. Via Addresses Large Crowd at Armed Forces Luncheon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Team Redstone hosted the annual Armed Forces Celebration luncheon in the VBC North Hall. It was General Dennis Via’s first community-wide address to the Tennessee Valley since assuming the role of Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command. General Via says he and his wife Linda have lived in numerous communities throughout his 33 years of a wearing the uniform of a United States soldier but there’s “something special […]

  • Amy Carter PIF

    ‘Pay It Forward’ Story Touches The Heart of Viewer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Every once in a while, you see a story that hits close to home or it touches your heart. A Huntsville woman says one of our Pay It Forward stories did just that earlier this year, so she wrote us a letter. It began with, “Dear Amy, I saw your picture on TV last night as you tried to raise money for cystic fibrosis.” Essie Coppock was watching the night Stan Anderson paid it forward to […]

  • Marine Lance Corporal Kendall Bane Meets Trace Adkins

    Wounded Huntsville Marine Thanks Trace Adkins For His Music

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been six months since Marine Lance Corporal Kendall Bane was shot four times while serving in Afghanistan. Friday night, the Huntsville native got a chance to say thank you to a man who helped him get through some tough times while recovering. A real American hero meets a real country music star. Before the American Freedom Foundation concert at the VBC Propst Arena, LCpl Bane got to spend a few minutes with Trace Adkins. The country […]

  • trace400

    Free Tickets to Veterans for the March 22 Benefit Concert Featuring Trace Adkins and Jana Kramer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Veterans are encouraged to request a free ticket for the American Freedom Festival Huntsville featuring country legend Trace Adkins and special guest star Jana Kramer. Presented by Northrop Grumman on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center Propst Arena, this annual benefit concert for our veterans and men and women of America’s Armed Forces will benefit Still Serving Veterans and other Huntsville area veterans organizations. For every ticket sold between now and March 18, the American Freedom […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,621 other followers