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
  • Flooding problems in Tuscumbia

    TUSCUMBIA, AL. (WHNT) – Lorie Hoveter says she can’t take any more floods. She reached out to us after it rained in June and her home was flooded. It caused thousands of dollars in damage. Hoveter lives on Warren Avenue. in Tuscumbia.  Since 2007, her basement has flooded four times. ‘First time I noticed it was when the tornados that hit Hamilton and all came through. And we received about sixteen inches of water in our basement,’ said Hoveter. The damage […]

  • Florence police boost up officers for Handy Fest

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Friday night was the start of the WC Handy festival. The 10 day musical extravaganza has put the shoals area on the map. The festival’s name honors Florence’s famous musical son. The festival has grown and so has security over the last 33 years. Florence police chief Ron Tyler says during the festival the department`s number one priority is safety. ”Our commitment has always been through the WC Handy committee that we want to focus as […]

  • Muscle Shoals Police Looking for Alleged Burglar

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Take a look at this picture. Muscle shoals police say a car pulls in to a convenient store on Woodward Avenue this past weekend. The guy got out of his car and broke the door. He then crawled under the door and takes cigarette cartons from behind the counter. Muscle shoals police investigators say the man stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of cigarettes.   If you have any information on this man and this burglary, […]

  • Shoals mobile home business burglarized for the ninth time this year

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Margaret and Darryl Keeton has owned Meadow Brooks Homes in the Shoals for eight years. They sell mobile homes to residents all over north Alabama. This weekend, they experienced an unfortunate situation, one they are too often familiar with. ‘My husband came back Monday morning to find we had been burglarized sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning,’ said Margaret. This is the ninth time someone has burglarized the business. We took a look at […]

  • Ricky Saint wins Colbert County school board seat in close race

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Democratic runoff for a seat on the Colbert County school board now has a winner. Candidates Ricky Saint and Brad Counce tied the first time around. But after an investigation, the Colbert County Probate Judge discovered poll workers gave some voters incorrect ballots. It was close again Tuesday night, but it wasn’t a tie.  Saint edged Counce by less than two dozen votes. Saint had a total of 363 votes and Counce had 344 […]

  • Community gives input on ECM Hospital’s future

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s an iconic building for Florence residents.  Standing more than six stories high and encompassing some 200,000 square feet, Lauderdale County’s only hospital is on the back-side of its life expectancy. When Regional-Care purchased Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital from Florence and Lauderdale County, they promised a new hospital to be built on Veterans Drive. As that project nears reality, Florence  Mayor Mickey Haddock wants to start figuring out what to do with the existing building. During […]

  • Car break-ins leave residents and authorities asking for help

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A string of vehicle break-ins in Colbert County has some residents worried about their security. Wednesday evening seemed like a normal night for Cody James and his family, until the unexpected happened. “My stepdad was getting off work and getting home at midnight, so in between that time someone had broken into the garage and gotten into two of our vehicles.” said James. The theft stole James’ sunglass, wallet and pistol James is just one […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]