Johny Fernandez joined WHNT News 19 in October of 2013 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Johny is a New Jersey native. He was born and raised in Passaic County, New Jersey, but is no stranger to the South. He lived in Orlando, Florida during his teenage years. Johny’s passion for news developed when he was a junior in high school. He had the opportunity to shadow a news reporter for a class project and from then on, he was hooked!

The son of Peruvian immigrants, Johny is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. He is fluent in Spanish. While at Southeastern, he interned with Fios 1 News in New York City, Telemundo Tampa and WTVT FOX 13 in Tampa, Florida. After graduation, Johny was chosen as a top 20 finalist to compete for a spot as a Junior Reporter for Fox News Channel.

Johny is excited to start his reporting career here in north Alabama. He will be covering the Shoals area. If you see him around town don’t hesitate to stop him and say hi. He’s always excited to meet new people and is looking forward to exploring the Shoals and Huntsville. Feel free to send him an email – and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Recent Articles
  • Florence City Schools go paperless for student registration

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   Parents think it’s a hassle and students forget about it all together. Filling out registration forms and school documents every school year can get tedious. But Florence City Schools are making the process easier for families. It`s eliminating paper and going virtual. ‘When you look at the a mounds of paper given it can overwhelming any parent, me included, at the beginning of the school year, Our parents will not have to experience this year, because […]

  • National Night Out helps build relationships between officers and Florence residents

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  “National Night Out” is taking place all over the nation. It’s considered the premiere crime prevention event. On Tuesday, Florence residents came out to take a stand against crime and celebrate law enforcement agencies. Among the crowd was Eric Watkins’ family.  Watkins was shot to death back in November of 2013. Almost eight months later, the case is still a mystery. “It’s on my mind every day and I know that he’s in a better place. […]

  • Sheffield Junior and High schools undergo renovations

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheffield junior and high school students will see some changes at their schools. Over the summer, the school went through a transformation that residents claim was overdue. “I`m so excited man. Cause it needed it,” said alum and Sheffield resident Barbara Hampton. The 2.8 million dollar renovation includes a fresh coat of paint, new windows, a new roof, a new library, a new gym and a hallway to connect the school with a multipurpose building. Superintendent […]

  • First raised bed community garden in Florence is enjoyed by all residents

    FLORENCE, Ala.(WHNT) – Gardening continues to gain popularity in the Tennessee Valley. In April, we told you a story about Florence’s first community raise bed garden. Organizers are now calling the garden a success. Steve Chenault has a bed at the community garden. He comes to his garden bed twice a week. Since April, he`s harvested sixty pounds of tomatoes. He admits this accomplishment came during a rough time. ‘With my disability the raised bed gives me the opportunity to […]

  • Russellville police looking for woman who left the scene of an accident

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A car pulls up to the cash spot in downtown Russellville last week, but it fails to stop in a parking place and smacks right into the building. After backing up, the driver hops out. Russellville police say a woman walks into the business to use the ATM. She is now wanted for leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief. If you have any information on this woman contact police. We start off this […]

  • Simulated airplane crash at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a surreal scene Thursday morning at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. Emergency responders from all over the Shoals were on sight for a simulated airplane crash. The smoke could be seen from a distance. Even though the accident was a simulated airplane crash, the airport used a school bus instead of an airplane. “We`ve got an airline. Simulated airline that has crashed into a stolen crop duster. Which has created a hazardous material situation […]

  • Vandals damage memorial at Florence’s Veterans Park

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Volunteer Mary Daysmith received an unexpected call late Monday morning, one that left her speechless. She volunteers with the American Legion Post 11 in Lauderdale County. “The park police had contacted me, notifying the American Legion of Florence, that someone had basically driven up on to the ramp of the fence in front of the jet and had damage the fence pretty bad. Probably did thousands of dollars’ worth of damage,” said Daysmith. With the help […]

  • Shoals resident places second runner-up in Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Shoals resident Tommie Dimps believes a smile can make a difference. “The judges told me that they were just excited about, the way I act, my smile and everybody told me my smile was magical,” said Dimps. Tommie Dimps represented Cypress Cove nursing home at the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home pageant. Dimps says her smile came back when she moved to Cypress Cove and that’s why she didn’t think twice about representing the nursing home. […]

  • New security plan for Franklin County schools

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Franklin County is making school safety a top priority. On Thursday, the Franklin County Board of Education plans to unveil a new security plan, which could include armed volunteers. Tammy Philamlee is a mother of a Franklin County school graduate and she agrees with the county’s security plan. ‘If they`re going to do a safety program and train people it needs to be top notch. If you halfway do something then we are going to […]

  • Florence authorities looking for pharmacy burglar

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police say someone broke into the Massey Pharmacy on Cloverdale Road on July 19.Police say the person walked up to a window and attempted to break the glass. He hit it multiple times until he succeeds. Florence Police say the person stole twenty thousand dollars worth of pills from the pharmacy. If you have any information on who is responsible for this burglary contact authorities. We start off this week’s Most Wanted List with the Lauderdale […]

  • Man files lawsuit against former children’s minister in Shoals, church

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –   The Colbert County church that employed Jeffrey Dale Eddie is facing a lawsuit. The defendants in the suit are Jeffrey Dale Eddie, Highland Park Baptist Church, and Loving the Shoals United Appeal Fund, Inc., a non-for profit organization connected to the church. Eddie used to be the children’s pastor.   He pleaded guilty to sex abuse and sodomy charges earlier this year. The 13-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday afternoon in federal court. The lawsuit against Eddie […]

  • Man charged in 2 Lauderdale County murders appears in court

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Mark Edwin Montgomery appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon. He’s accused of killing Col Ann Stoner and Joanna Strickland Butler in March 2014. If convicted, he may face the death penalty according the district attorney’s office. Authorities revealed preliminary autopsy reports showing both women suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head following an argument between Montgomery and Col Ann Stoner. Police say he shot both women with a rifle. After the shootings, […]