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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.

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    El Patron Customer Speaks Out About Dining Experience

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s become a popular hangout among locals in Russellville.  El Patron is a Tex-Mex restaurant on Highway 43. Matthew Cantrell says his experience there was always positive, until last week. “Everything was fine really, and two days went by.  I started feeling a little bit unwell. It just kind of felt like, maybe I had eaten too much or eaten something undercooked or rotten. I didn’t know,” said Cantrell. Cantrell says he and his family all […]

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    School board candidates will hopefully prepare for July’s runoff race

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a decision everyone at the Colbert County Democratic Executive Committee believes is right. The public shall vote again. Last week, Democratic candidates, Ricky Saint and Brad Counce tied in the primary. Both candidates were running for a spot to represent the 5th District School Board Democratic primary in Colbert County. After an investigation, the county probate judge discovered poll workers gave voters incorrect ballots. In a unanimous decision, the committee decided to draft a […]

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    Authorities in Tuscumbia Are Looking for Package Store Burglar

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Take a look at this surveillance picture from June 2, 2014.Tuscumbia police are looking for the guy you see in this picture. They believe he’s responsible for a burglary at S & K package store on North Main Street. Police say the man ran into the store and wasted no time stealing alcohol and cash.   We start off this weeks most wanted list with the Sheffield Police Department.  Sheffield police want Tammy Newhart. Newhart is […]

  • Major Wilson Says Goodbye To The Salvation Army of The Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Shoals is a unique area to live. For Major Donald Wilson and his wife, it was like coming home. They were missionaries for a number of years in Central America, until they were relocated to the shoals. ‘This community is incredible. It is an incredibly caring community. One that has shown, not only during my period of time but throughout the years , that they are very interested in their neighbors and they believe in […]


    Taking Action: Shoals Man Wants Answers for Gas Fee

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jeff Grigsby lives in Lauderdale County. Living out in the county comes with it advantages, but it also has disadvantages. Grimsby was a customer with United Propane Gas for two years. ‘It was a great price. But the only problem was delivery. I rarely could get delivery on time. I ran out of gas several times. I decided to change companies to a more reliable company. When I did, I called UPG and told them […]


    Teachers Becoming Students

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – When the bell rings, students prepare to go home. But for teacher Scotty Brown, it`s the start of his school day. “Opportunities because that’s what we are all about. Not just for the students, but for the teachers and for the community. I love working here. It’s the only place I’ve ever worked and I plan to retire in Florence City,” said Brown. Brown is part of the Impact 80 program. The purpose of the program […]

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    Sheffield Dentist Has Unusual Day At Work

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday’s powerful storms may have only lasted minutes, but those moments changed the life of one Sheffield dentist. Dentist Kenneth Springer says Thursday was a normal work day until he heard the unusual. “The bottom fell out.  And we heard a big crash like sound. And a part of the roof had torn and then it came down and hit on the building,“ said Springer. The roof came off the building where he owns a family […]

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    Florence Police Need Help Locating Home Invader

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence police believe the man you see in this picture is  a suspect in a April home invasion. Police say he kicked his way inside a home on Maple Street in Florence and caused significant property damage. If you recognize this man or have any information about this home invasion, Florence police would like to hear from you.   We start off this week’s shoals area most wanted list with the Russellville police department. First up […]

  • Waiting List To Recycle In Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Florence is facing an issue that only residents can help resolve. Last year, the city applied for an environmental management recycle grant. The grant allowed the city to purchase new sixty-four gallon blue recycling carts. Suan Gillion says she waited half a year for a cart. It’s made her life easier, but that’s not the case for every Florence resident. “For now it’s a first come first serve basis with a wait list. […]

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    Shriners Unite To Celebrate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As they remember their struggle, they celebrate what they’ve accompliments. The Prince of Halls in Huntsville, are African-American Shriners, who have a goal of making sure their community move forward. Back in 1929, African-American Shiners weren’t allowed to be called “Shriners.” A super court ruling changed that, and now African-American Shriners celebrate the accomplishment every year on the first Sunday in June. Michael Horry is the Deputy Oasis of the organization. “The goal of the Shriners […]


    Graduating After The Storm

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Friends and family members gathered at the Robert Earl Grisham Stadium to see their loved ones graduate. The Lauderdale County High School class of 2014 went through some difficult times this year, including the April 28, 2014 tornados. And even though some students weren’t affected by the storm, that wasn’t the case for senior Ryanne Atkins. “Everybody else came back the day after. But living in the Liimestone area, I had to kind of take […]

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    Muscle Shoals Police Continue Search For Robbers

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Muscle Shoals Police Department responded to an armed robbery that happened at the Fuel City gas station on West Avalon Avenue shortly before midnight on October 22, 2013. The men you see in this picture, approached the clerk as she was locking the front doors. The clerk told police at least one man had a pistol and forced her back into the store. Police say once inside, the bandits retreived money from the cash register […]