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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 – johny.fernandez@whnt.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Recent Articles
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    Police looking for bank robber in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The search continues for a robber in Florence. Earlier this month we told you about a The man robbed the First Metro Bank in the Shoals at gunpoint on July 7. The man was wearing a camouflage bandana over his face and sunglasses. Police tracked his escape into a near-by neighborhood where they believe a vehicle was waiting. If you have any information about this robbery contact police.   This week’s Shoals area most wanted list […]

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    Colbert County School Board Candidates Prepare for Runoff Race

      COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The signs are all over Colbert County. Candidates, Ricky Saint and Brad Counce, wasted no time preparing for next week’s race once they found out their names would be placed on the ballots. We met with Brad Counce in his home. He believes the second race may be the charm. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned what to do and what not to do. So from the primary, I’ve changed this up a little […]

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    Lawrence County Tries to Find Solution to Animal Problem

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Animal control has been a hot topic in Lawrence County for months.  Residents say the county has been overrun by animals. For many residents, like Bobbie Taylor, all they want to do is help find a solution and help the county. “I don’t know their finances. But I do think that state laws of Alabama should be enforced. I think they should find the funds and set aside the funds to enforce the laws that […]

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    Church Burglar Caught On Tape

      FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lee Heights Baptist Church sits on the corner of Sevier Avenue and Kentucky Avenue. The 400 member church is a welcoming place, but last Friday night it had an unexpected guest.  It happened a little after midnight. “We just had worship this weekend. And discovered something’s were missing in our building,” said senior pastor Chris Barnett. Florence police say those things were thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics. Surveillance pictures show the person is looking […]

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    Russellville Celebrates America

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville’s Fourth of July Jam on Sloss Lake started early Friday morning. Resident, young and old, continued the fun all day. ‘It`s pretty cool and I think that people should come out here a lot,’ said resident Hayden Liming. The celebration has something for everyone. Cars, music and fireworks that happen on Sloss Lake. Annette Sneed and her husband use to go to Florence to celebrate the holiday, but that changed when the event started six […]


    Russellville Police Looking for Hit and Run Driver

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are looking for the driver of a hit and run wreck. Police say it happened on June 27. Police say a man hit a car in the parking lot and drove off. The picture you see here is of the car. Police say the car is a black Maxima. Witnesses say the driver was a white male with black hair. If you have any information on this accident contact police. This week’s most wanted list […]

  • Abandoned house causing problems for Colbert County resident

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a unique house on the side of 4th Avenue in Tuscumbia. But Vivian Bates says it’s been a distraction for some time. “You can’t live in it. It’s been that way 10 years. I’m just tired of it. I’m 68 and I just can’t handle it,” said Bates. The house isn’t only abandoned, but it has weeds and plants growing around it and in it. Bates is trying to sell her house and says […]

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    Chikungunya virus in the Shoals

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a humbling experience that changed the lives of twelve individuals in the Shoals.  Missionaries from Launch Point Church spent one week helping orphans in Haiti. Unfortunately, some church members ended up sick. Four of the twelve church members, who went on the trip, came back with symptoms of the Chikungunya virus. The virus is carried by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. Health officials confirm  Alabama has a total of four preliminary positive test results […]

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    Taking Action: Smoking in a smoke-free hospital

    FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) – It`s a habit that’s causing Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital problems. Florence resident Joe Kelly informed us about an issue he has noticed since last year. Smokers are smoking in non-smoking areas at the hospital. “I had my mother, you know coming in and having to walk around the garage and a few hundred feet extra to try to bypass the smoke when she came in to visit,” said Kelly. He says he notified hospital management last […]

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    Tuscumbia prepares for Keller festival

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Organizers of the annual Helen Keller festival say the event continues to evolve, and attract people from across the world. This year, the festival is expected to attract up to twenty thousand people.  The festival is known for its family friendly activities music and an annual performance of the Miracle Worker. It’s something resident Robert Young says is worth a trip. “It’s a great event. We’ve been to it many many times. It’s wonderful,” said Young. […]

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    Maria Springer appears in court

      LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The neglect and abuse case against Maria Springer will now go to a grand jury. Springer’s lawyer waived her right to a preliminary hearing at the Lauderdale County courthouse. “The district attorney has expressed to me that he might give her the opportunity to testify in front of a Lauderdale county grand jury. We are going to be exploring that possibility,” said Will Motlow, Springer’s lawyer. Springer’s attorney claims there is more to her […]

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    Authorities in Florence search for accused perfume thieves

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The ladies you see in this picture are accused of having some sticky hands before the holidays. Florence police are trying to identify the duo you see in these surveillance pictures.     Authorities believe they stole about $1,500 in perfumes from the Ulta store on Cox Creek Parkway on December 23, 2013. Police say this duo has hit other department stores all over the Tennessee Valley. If you have any information on these women, contact […]