• 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
  • RR20151001

    Is that chicken safe to eat?

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: China Star at 7950 Hwy 72 W, Suite J in Madison: Score of 81 Improper Cooling. Cooked Chicken at 100F. No log being kept. Pulaski Corner Store at 4001 Pulaski Pike NW in Huntsville: Score of 78 Chicken was 53 F and hot dogs were 54 F in a cooler outside. Potato salad and cole slaw were 60 F on a counter inside. Chicken wings were 117 F, and gravy was 115 F. Asian Buffet at […]

  • RestaurantRatings

    Roaches, flies and no dates on crab and boudin!

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Golden Phoenix Chinese Buffet at 216 Hwy 72 West in Athens: Score of 81 Roaches Damaged fryer baskets Ice maker need cleaning Huddle House at 1802 Main Street in Hartselle: Score of 78 Multiple food containers and lids were damaged There were flies in the establishment Personal drinks were stored on prep tables French Quarter at 4840 Hatch Blvd. in Sheffield: Score of 82  Gallon jug of bleach stored on shelf with bread crumbs. Spray bottle […]

  • RR 20150917

    Watch where you put down that personal drink!

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Waffle House #775 at 4896 University Drive in Huntsville: Score of 80 Cold Holding: The prep reach-in cooler is not working. Thermometer reads 50F; ham 58F; mushrooms 57F; hashbrowns 51F. Personal drinks were stored in front reach-in cooler with customers’ food. Golden China Restaurant at 300-F Hughes Road in Madison: Score of 84 Bottled (3) Personal Drinks stored in ice machine. Raw Shrimp at 71F and Cooked Chicken at 72F. Hartselle Exxon at 101 Hwy 31 […]

  • cheese dip

    Cheese Dip Needs More Heat!

    Didn’t Cut the Mustard: Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant at 1802 Hwy 72 Suite D in Athens: Score of 79 Grease from hood vent pooling outside on ground. Not reheating cheese dip to 165F prior to hot holding Cheese 46, Steak 50, Rice 130 Employee eating in prep area. Repeat Offender: July of 2015 South Sauty Cafe at 6845 South Sauty Road in Langston: Score of 70 Potatoes held below 135 degrees. Hermetically sealed vegetables offered for sale. Drink on food […]

  • Restaurant Ratings

    Four Schools Score Perfect Scores in the Kitchen!

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s a good week to grab a bite out. The worst violations for our low scores of the week included a unlabeled spray bottle. It was thrown away. One business didn’t have any documentation for food sanitation training. The manager agreed to have proof by the next day. Two were cited for personal drinks being places they shouldn’t have been. Those violations were corrected by moving them or throwing them out. So rather than focus on problems […]

  • A girl donates money to help buy school supplies for foster children through Kids to Love.

    Donations pour in for 2015 Kids To Love school supply drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The WHNT News 19 team packed the backpacks for Kids to Love on Friday.  Our crews were stationed at Jack’s in Madison and Walmart in Hampton Cove to collect school supplies for foster children from sunrise to sunset. Besides collecting massive amounts of school supplies and backpacks we raised $2,575 at Jack’s and $1,311 at Walmart!  Thank you so much for your donations. “We know as parents it’s a big deal and for these foster children it’s […]

  • Chris and Amy George reflect on 10 years of Melissa’s Fund

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This weekend will mark the 10th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa. The two events benefit the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund. Chris and Amy George set up the fund after one of their twins died shortly after birth in June of 2005. I recently sat down with them in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children to talk about what their daughter’s fund has been able to do […]

  • nicu kids

    10 years of miracles in the NICU

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 10th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa are set for August 7th and 8th. The two events raise money for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund. Amy and Chris George set up the fund in memory of their daughter who died in 2005 after coming into the world 14 weeks early. Melissa’s twin sister, Ann Catherine lived. Money from Melissa’s fund has helped thousands of babies in the Regional NICU at Huntsville Hospital for Women […]

  • Roger Murrah

    Local songwriter coming home to give back

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – You’ve probably heard Alabama’s number one country song “High Cotton,” but did you know it was written by a Limestone County native? Roger Murrah came home to make a big announcement to help “High Cotton Arts” on the square in downtown Athens. Roger was born and raised on a farm in Athens. The Nashville songwriter is hitting a high note with the local arts community. He’s loaning the family’s 1929 Howard piano to the non-profit art incubator. […]

  • Lauderdale County deputy cruiser

    Lawsuit says Lauderdale sheriff denied inmate access to abortion

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. -Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton is facing a federal lawsuit accusing him of denying a woman’s civil rights, specifically, her right to an abortion. The suit names Singleton as the defendant in his official capacity as Sheriff of Lauderdale County. The lawsuit was filed in district court Monday by attorneys for a woman who is an inmate in the Lauderdale County Jail. Her attorneys claims the sheriff is violating her civil rights and is asking a court to […]

  • Join these swimmers and make a splash at the 2015 Swim for Melissa!

    Help tiny babies at the 2015 Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa, August 7-8

    The Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund is celebrating 10 years of making miracles happen in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. We invite you to be part of this year's major fundraiser.

  • Brody's Story airs Wednesday, July 8 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.

    Brody’s Story: WHNT meteorologist and family talk about son’s miracle journey

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Brody Simpson came into the world May 8th, 2015. He was a little early, but his mom and dad, Lacey and Jason, were ready for his arrival. What they weren’t ready for is what the doctors told them after he was born. “That first thing was wrong and then they found this and then this,” Lacey Simpson told us. “It was just a day full of doctors coming in, bad news after bad news.” Brody was perfect […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,964 other followers