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Matt is a Colorado native but is now addicted to the southern sunshine, sweet tea, and fried chicken!

Matt grew up in a small town tucked away in a high Rocky Mountain valley with a ski area out his back door.

Matt comes to WHNT from the CBS affiliate in Grand Junction, CO. He has worked in newspaper, radio and television since he was 16 years old when he got his first reporting job.

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who enjoys getting to tell stories that get people thinking.

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

When not chasing down the news, Matt can be found wondering the halls at Lowe Mill or hiking on Monte Sano with his puppy #Noah (yes the # is part of Noah's name)

If you have a story that needs to be told or you just want to say hey, email Matt! Matt.Kroschel@whnt.com

Recent Articles
  • Local minister cheers news of new Cuba diplomacy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  For those few Americans who have been inside Cuba in the past 50 years, Wednesday’s surprise announcement on plans to rebuild relationships with the communist county is an answer to their prayers. One American who has been to Cuba is a minister here in Huntsville. “Oh my this the greatest thing that has happened in the last 50 years,” Minister Gary Bradley at Mayfair Church of Christ says. “The place has gone wild, over the possibilities of this, this […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious envelope delivered to WHNT sheds light on Alonzo McGhee homicide case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Nearly two years since Army Lt. Col. Alonzo McGhee was gunned down outside his former home in Owens Cross Roads,an envelope sent to the WHNT News 19 newsroom from an unknown person is helping to fill in the gaps in the story. The envelope, including copies of official Army records, police reports, and letter from family members to a judge in the case, showed up in a mailbox at our station Tuesday. We alerted Huntsville Police investigators […]

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    Police: Man initially believed to be shot was actually burglarizing home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here is an update to a story we first reported to be a shooting late last night in Huntsville. Police confirm a man was not shot, as initially thought. Officers responded to a home on Eton Road just before 10 p.m. Monday.  They found an injured man who reported he had been shot. Investigators say he later admitted that wasn’t the case.  Police say he told them he was actually burglarizing the home and cut himself […]

  • Crestwood expands ER to meet growing patient demand

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The emergency room at Crestwood Medical Center is in the middle of a massive renovation and addition as the hospital battles to keep up with an increasing number of people coming there for help. The $5.5 million expansion will add 17 new patient rooms. Hospital officials hope it will allow them to keep patient wait times lower than the national averages. “The volume of the emergency rooms both here in Huntsville and the surrounding area are all […]

  • UPDATE: One person shot at P&T Trailers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Huntsville Police and rescue crews responded to the scene of a  shooting at P&T Trailers on Highway 53 Monday evening. It happened around 7:30 p.m. near Blake Bottom Road. Employees were working after hours at the trailer outlet when two men came into the store. Police say the front door was locked and the men likely entered through a bay door looking to rob the local business. Officials say at least one of them had a gun […]

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    POLICE: Armed man robs local Boy Scout collecting parking money downtown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Local Boy Scouts are a fixture in the downtown area. They can often be seen collecting parking money during large events at the VBC by using local private parking lots in the evening. But Friday night, Huntsville Police officers said someone robbed a young scout of the parking money he was collecting. The robbery happened near the intersection of Clinton and Monroe. Police say the unknown man had a handgun. The robber took off on foot. There […]

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    Judge does not hear motions in Discovery Middle School shooting civil case

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — While one attorney handling the civil lawsuit dealing with the Discovery Middle School school shooting would like a judge to toss out the case, that did not happen Friday. Judge Ruth Ann Hall was scheduled to hear several pending motions in the civil case, but it was decided more evidence is needed before she will rule on the motions. The mother of Todd Brown, the student who was killed, filed the lawsuit against the Madison City […]


    Man wanted in connection with Madison County shooting now in jail

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)–  The man at the center of a shooting investigation in Madison County is behind bars. Investigators  charged 29-year-old Derance Latroy Benford with  kidnapping, robbery and assault. He is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The shooting happened outside a Mapco gas station at the corner of Jeff Road and Capshaw Road. Investigators say Benford fled the scene. Sheriff’s investigator Brian Chaffin says information left on their tip line lead them to Benford. Deputies […]

  • UPDATE: Huntsville prepares for the Rocket City Marathon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City is preparing for a decades old tradition. The Rocket City Marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. The course this year is new starting and ending at the Von Braun Center. Organizers call it a gently rolling and fast route through historic downtown Huntsville, the Botanical Garden, and through the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Nearly 2,000 runners are registered for the marathon, all of the runners have worked hard to able to participate, but […]

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    UPDATE: Former owner of organic tomato business arrested, faces various theft charges

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jamie Lawhorne ran a business in north Alabama selling greenhouses for people to grow organic tomatoes. Many people bought into Cypress Creek Organic Farms hoping to make money. The claims created skepticism, and Lawhorne packed up and moved to North Carolina. There, he tried to sell organic worms through another business, WormzOrganic. Lawhorne, 52, is now in the Huntsville/Madison County Jail. He was booked Wednesday on 23 counts, including charges of theft by deception, sale […]

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    Anonymous donor drops $10,000 check in Salvation Army kettle

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Answered prayers coming in the form of a $10,000 check secretly dropped in a Salvation Army kettle last week in Jackson County. Tracey Ridgeway is the Salvation Army Director in Scottsboro. She says the check amount is the biggest she has ever seen given during their annual fundraising campaign. “It is a huge blessing,” Ridgeway says. The anonymous donor’s big gift took care of half the fundraising goal for the Scottsboro Salvation Army this year. The […]

  • UPDATE: Man dies after stabbing on Brookmeade St.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police tell us that a man has died after a stabbing incident on Brookmeade St. Police said this was a domestic situation involving a stepfather and son. During the altercation, one of the two men pulled out a knife, leading to a struggle. One of the men was stabbed and ran away. Police said they found him lying in the street just north of Brookmeade St. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died from […]


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