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

  • Ava Grace: A Local Family’s NICU Experience

    Posted on: 3:24 pm, August 8, 2012, by , updated on: 10:43pm, August 8, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 7th annual Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa are coming up this weekend. The two...
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  • Jerry’s Blog: Like Father, Like Daughter

    Posted on: 10:18 pm, July 19, 2012, by

       I tried to talk her into being a nurse, but she wouldn’t listen. She wanted to go into journalism,...
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  • Registration Now Open For 7th Annual ‘Swim For Melissa’

    Posted on: 5:25 pm, May 31, 2012, by , updated on: 10:20am, June 1, 2012

    The 7th annual Swim for Melissa is August 11th. Beginning June 1st, swimmers can take that first stroke on a...
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  • Wounded Warrior Helping Other Veterans Find Jobs After Deployment

    Posted on: 9:00 pm, May 28, 2012, by , updated on: 02:48pm, June 6, 2012

    Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice...
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  • A Mother’s Love: Keeping Loryn Brown’s Dream Alive

    Posted on: 11:45 am, May 14, 2012, by , updated on: 09:26pm, May 14, 2012

    Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day. It’s a day set aside each year to show moms how much they’re loved...
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    Ashley Mims talks about her daughter, Loryn
  • The White Dress: Recovered From The Rubble

    Posted on: 4:17 pm, May 9, 2012, by , updated on: 06:15am, May 11, 2012

    Any parent will tell you they would give their life to save their child. Some parents weren’t given that choice...
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  • Keeping Loryn Brown’s Dream Alive

    Posted on: 4:01 pm, May 9, 2012, by , updated on: 01:13pm, May 10, 2012

    On April 27th, 2011, an EF-4 tornado rolled across Tuscaloosa.  Nine students from the University of Alabama and surrounding colleges...
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  • Phil Campbell’s Recovery, One Year Later

    Posted on: 4:33 pm, April 24, 2012, by , updated on: 04:15pm, April 26, 2012

    Pastor Chris Burns says, “Phil Campbell will never be the same.” A neighbor, Carolyn Parker, thinks “it’s changed forever.” City...
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    The water tower in Phil Campbell (David Wood, WHNT News 19)
  • Soul Food: Companies Put Bible Verses On Groceries

    Posted on: 3:33 pm, April 5, 2012, by , updated on: 03:48pm, April 5, 2012

    This story aired in February 2012 The last place you’d probably expect to find a Bible verse is on aisle...
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  • A Father’s Love: Ardmore Coach, Former UA Football Player Copes With Daughter’s Death

    Posted on: 9:34 am, April 3, 2012, by

    This story aired on May 26, 2011 When a tornado rolled across Tuscaloosa April 27th, 41 people were killed. Nine...
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  • Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Wreck

    Posted on: 5:13 am, February 16, 2012, by , updated on: 03:41pm, March 9, 2012

    A Morgan County deputy was injured in a wreck late Wednesday night.  It happened around 9:15 p.m. on Highway 231...
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  • Redstone Arsenal Conducting Several Test Explosions

    Posted on: 11:18 am, February 3, 2012, by and , updated on: 03:06pm, March 9, 2012

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