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Lee Marshall
Journalist by day, advocate by design, mom all the time!

Lee is a 3-time Emmy award winning journalist. She anchors the 5 & 6:30 evening news on WHNT News 19. You can watch her Kid to Love segment every Monday night at 5pm on WHNT News 19.

Originally from South Fulton, Tennessee, Lee got her first TV job at WQTV while still in college at Murray State University. She moved to the northwest to work in Yakima, Washington at KNDO for a year, but had to get back to the south where the tea is sweet and “y’all’s” a formal greeting! She moved to Huntsville in 1998 and it was Sweet Home Alabama!

Lee has combined her passion as a journalist with her personal passion to help foster children. In 2004, she started the Kids to Love Foundation, a 501(c)3 dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of foster children. More than 150,000 foster children have been touched directly through the Kids to Love Foundation's outreach efforts.

Lee has been named an "Angel in Adoption" by Congress and honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her adoption awareness efforts. She has been honored by the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association for her journalistic contributions.

For Lee, it's not just another story. She was born into foster care herself and adopted by a loving family. Now, Lee's mission is to find every foster child a place to call home. www.kidstolove.org It's Lee's passion for telling the stories of waiting children and Taking Action while they wait that has earned two community service Emmys' from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She introduces a new child waiting in foster care every week to the viewers in the Tennessee Valley and to her more than 35,000 followers on social media each week.
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Lee is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. With 2 CD's to her credit, she has shared her music from Alabama to Australia. Learn more at www.leemarshallmusic.com.

Lee is a motivating speaker and loves sharing her heart for God with other women no matter where they live. Encouraging them to find their passion, zero in and FIRE in faith!

Lee's greatest accomplishment is her family. She and Jeff have been married for 19 years and have two daughters, Ella, 9, and Emma, 6, and a Maltese named Elvis.


Recent Articles
  • Polar Bear Plunge: A New Year’s Tradition in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a River City tradition – starting the New Year by jumping into the cold Tennessee River. “It was pretty freezing,” Lucy Orr said after taking the plunge. “It was like, numb, and it hurt like a lot,” said Maggie Helms. They must be talking about the Polar Bear Plunge! “It was so much fun, it was exhilarating,” said Haley Sexton.  “I felt such a rush!” Wayne Holliday started the New Year tradition 30 years ago. […]

  • Kaiden, 10, Seeks Forever Family

    The holidays are a hard time to be away from family, and even harder when you don’t have a family.  Kaiden is 10 and in foster care. Kaiden is in the 5th grade and on the ‘A’ Honor Roll. His favorite subject is spelling. “So if I give you any word you can spell it?” Lee asks.  ‘TECHNOLOGY.’ Kaiden nails it.  “T-E-C-H-N-O-L-O-G-Y,” he says. Kaiden is a smart kid, and knows what he’s up against in foster care. “You have […]

  • Kids to Love: 2014 Special Tax Credit For Alabama Adoptions

    Many times when people think about adopting they hesitate because of what they ‘think’ it will cost.  Reality, the cost of adopting could be so reasonable that in some cases, the state of Alabama will help you cover the cost if you adopt children from state custody. “In Alabama, we have some legislation coming up this next year that will allow adoptive parents a special tax credit if they will adopt intra state with agencies within the state.” Governor Robert […]

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    Kids to Love: Donations from Landers-McLarty Subaru

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More toys for our Kids to Love Christmas for the Kids drive are coming in! Under the tree at Landers-McLarty Subaru, there are Legos, art supplies, sports equipment and electronics, each gift filling a foster child’s wish. “Thanks to all the residents of Huntsville and Madison County who provided toys, every ornament, this is the first year actually got a present for every single ornament that we had on the tree,” said Brian Klie, General Sales […]

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    Chrysler Retirees Help Kids to Love

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A load of toys from Landers-McLarty Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep came in Tuesday for our WHNT Kids to Love Christmas for the Kids drive. Chrysler retirees brought a toy to their monthly luncheon.  In all, more than 100 toys were collected for local foster children this Christmas. “These kids around here — they need somebody to say he we love you to and this is our way, I got great people, UAW has great people and this is our way to […]

  • Kids to Love: Making A Difference!

    Every week we introduce you to children in foster care who need a forever family.  Our efforts are working!  With permanency a priority, we are seeing a shift in the number of kids moving out of foster care and into forever families. The reality, there are still 5,000 children still waiting for permanent loving homes.  November is always a time to make this effort a priority. When Governor Robert Bentley signed a proclamation at the capital declaring November adoption awareness […]

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    Kids to Love: CAS Cares

    A big thank you to CAS Cares! Marcia Thibadoux presented Kids to Love a check for 4-thousand dollars for our Christmas for the Kids program.   This is the third year they have supported our efforts to grant Christmas wishes to local foster children.   We need you to be a part!  Click here to find out how you can volunteer,  sponsor a wish list and donate.

  • Kids to Love: Christmas for the Kids

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all across the Valley.  As we start our shopping for our family and friends, we want to remind you how you can help those in need in our community. The Kids to Love Christmas wish ornaments are going up all around the Valley.  This year we have more than 1,000 kids depending on Kids to Love to make their Christmas wishes come true.  Some children are less than […]

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    Jesus in Tanner: Providing Shelter in the Storm

    Tanner has a new weather siren… thanks to TVA. It’s a welcome addition to the locals who have rode out storms with little warning for years. When the storm rolled through Tanner April 27, 2011.. Ann Peoples rode it out with a guardian angel. “All the trees in the front yard were laying down so he said get in the bathroom, my husband and my son were holding the door closed glass was flying.” Ann recalled. When the winds stopped, […]

  • Kids to Love: Shyann

      Shyann is growing up fast in foster care.  She is taking etiquette classes to learn how a young lady should act.  She would love to have a forever family to help her with these life skills, she wants a mom and a dad…  she needs a mom.  Shyann is this week’s Kids to Love. 13 year old soft spoken Shyann lives up to her name.  She’s in the 6th grade. Shyann:  “I like math, science, that’s all.” Lee:  “What […]

  • Kids to Love: Alex

    November is adoption awareness month… but we shine the spotlight on adoption every Monday. Teenage foster children are the hardest to find homes for, you may have seen the story of the Florida teen that went to church and begged for a family.  His story reminded me of a young man we recently sat down with… his name is Alex, he’s brilliant!  He wants to be a computer software developer when he grows up.  He just needs the right person […]

  • The Good Fight: Woman Makes Tough Decision About Preventing Cancer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but how far would you go to prevent getting cancer? “In October of 2011, I kept having sharp pains in the lower abdominal cavity where your appendix is. When I woke up in the hospital room, I knew there was more to it than just my appendix. They told me it was carcinoma,” Tammi Scruggs said.  She looked death in the eye. “Two rounds of chemo, […]