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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
  • 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 […]

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    Sheffield Mayor Talks To Radio Listeners In Sheffield, England

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheffield, Alabama is known, by some, as the heart place of the Shoals music scene and that recognition goes beyond the state lines. About 4,100 miles away, there’s Sheffield, England. Although it may sound a little unbelievable, the English recognize Sheffield, Alabama by the same name. “They did know about the music industry here,” said Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford. Last week, Sanford had the opportunity to talk to the British Broadcasting Company about Sheffield. Sanford says […]

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    Pilgrim Pride & Hillshire Brands Merger Could Mean Promising Future

    FLORENCE, Ala.(WHNT) – It’s an announcement that could lead to a promising future. Pilgrim’s Pride, a chicken processing plant that employs 35,000 people, announced that it wants to acquire Hillshire Brands. The goal is to create a protein-focused company with strong consistent earnings. If accepted, Shoals leaders are hopeful the area gets a chance to get on Pilgrim’s radar. “I’m sure local officials will be anxious to talk to them if this materializes, to see if there are any or […]

  • Name Of Florence Veteran Added To Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Beth Wilson and her husband, Danny Joe Wilson, have a lifetime of memories. But one memory stands out, the Vietnam War. The year was 1965 and Danny Joe had been drafted to the army to fight in Vietnam. Eight months later he was injured. “By the time we had got to see him he’d lost a lot of weight, it was very difficult,” said Beth. Danny had suffered a severe leg injury while on duty, an […]


    Shoals Dog Heads North After Long Journey

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala (WHNT) – Ambrose, a pit bull, has seen the worst, but is playful and full of life. Something Debby Nelson says took time. “I am so proud of him. He has really worked hard. And he’s gotten a lot of correction because I wanted him to be the best he can be. It’s so easy for Ambrose to make a mistake and when that happens he’s down and he’s gone. But we couldn’t let that happen and […]

  • Florence Police Looking For Person Who Burned A Car

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Take a second and look at this picture. Florence police believe a person broke into a car and lit it on fire. The incident happened on May 14. Police say the person fled the area. If you have information about this incident, you’re urged to contact the Florence Police Department. This week’s Shoals area most wanted list goes to the Sheffield police department. Sheffield police want Trent Alric Evans. Evans is wanted for a slew of […]

  • Shoals Church Choir Prepares To Sing On Turner Field

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – From the church pews to Turner Field, Woodward Avenue Baptist Choir is preparing for an experience of a lifetime. The choir will perform on Turner Field on June 17. Choir member David Branscomb says the choir practices every week, but this week and next, the pressure is really on. “Everybody is excited; I think people are feeling pressure. We are a small town choir. We were blessed to be selected. We are looking forward to […]

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    Florence High School Seniors Awarded Millions In Scholarship Money

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   It’s a dream many high school graduates have this time of year. Walking across the stage, receiving a high school diploma and having money for college. That dream is becoming a reality for the Florence High School class of 2014. Out of the 270 students graduating, 129 students received a scholarship to further their education. A grand total of $102, 78,607 in scholarship money have been awarded to this class. Florence High School senior Brianna Williams […]

  • Florence Leaders Meet With Residents To Discuss New Road Project

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The new mile long reconstruction project on Wood Avenue is scheduled to start later on this year.  While the project is still in its beginning stages, residents are concerned. The concerns range from how the city is going to maintain the street’s historic look to drivers speeding down the street. Resident Van Morgan says, while many of his questions haven’t been answered, he’s glad the city acknowledges the residents’ concerns. “We certainly put the issues on […]