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

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

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who has covered the big stories and has appeared on national TV. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

Matt is eager to continue meeting the wonderful people here in the Tennessee Valley.

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    Cotton vote the only statewide amendment on July 15 runoff ballot

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — There will only be one statewide amendment on the upcoming runoff ballot in Alabama, but some cotton farmers fear voters won’t understand what their ‘yes’ vote actually means to the industry that is pivotal to our state’s agricultural economy. The ‘cotton amendment’ will be on your July 15 primary runoff ballot. If passed, it  would allow Alabama’s cotton farmers to decide if their current voluntary checkoff program should become automatic. The provision has wide support from the […]

  • UPDATE: Council prayers will continue in wake of Wiccan invocation controversy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – City Council signals prayers before the start of their meetings will continue and a local Wiccan spiritual leader who was uninvited to give an invocation last month will be re-invited back in the near future. The decision reaffirms the council’s desire to continue to have an invocation. Now City Council President Mark Russell says all federally recoginized faiths will be encouraged to participate. Blake Kirk is again scheduled to speak again in the near future. Back […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Local ‘Goon Squad Mafia’ gang activity has experts concerned

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Gang members, reportedly affiliated with the Goon Squad Mafia – an off shoot of the Bloods gang – have shown signs of intimidation in recent months, leaving gang experts in the area on edge. The GSM gang can be found in cities coast-to-coast, but an uptick of tagging and other crimes allegedly linked to local GSM gang members gives gang task force members like Carl McDuffie with the Huntsville Police Department cause for concern. “Anytime […]

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    UPDATE: Wallaby back home after brief escape in north Alabama neighborhood

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – Yes, you read that headline correctly.  An eagle-eyed viewer questioned her sanity after spotting a wallaby bouncing around Wes Ashley Drive in Meridianville Tuesday afternoon. Arynn Troupe was quick enough to snag a video of the wallaby, though.  She contacted WHNT News 19 to tell us about it. “I knew no one would ever believe me so I grabbed my phone and started shooting,” Troupe says. Madison County Animal Control were made aware of the rogue animal and responded with a […]

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    Independent candidate certified to be placed on Nov. 4th Congressional District ballot

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Independent candidates have always had a hard time gaining traction in Alabama. But one north Alabama candidate is hoping to change the tide. The Alabama Secretary of State’s office certified last week that Mark Bray, an aerospace engineer from Huntsville, has gathered enough signatures to run as an independent candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat. To get on the November 4 ballot, Bray was required to collect 6,886 signatures from current registered voters in the congressional district. He […]

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    Fireworks spark off field fire near County Line Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Fire and multiple mutual aid crews fought a 30 acre  fire in a wheat field on Barlow Road, near County Line Road in Huntsville Monday. Crews battled strong winds to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses. The fire was started by fireworks, according to crews on the scene. No word on if there will be any charges filed against the person responsible for sparking the blaze. 30 acre grass fire sparked by fireworks mostly contained […]

  • UPDATE: Village of Providence starts new tradition with a bang

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Village of Providence starts a new Fourth of July tradition this year. The residential and commercial community, now in its 10th year, is celebrating Independence Day with music and fireworks on July 4th. While the Village of Providence hosts many events during the summer months, this is the first year for a fireworks show. Organizers are not starting small, though. Todd Slyman, one of the town founders, says the display was the largest show in North Alabama. The […]

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    Hwy. 67 near Brewer back open after fiery accident involving 18-wheeler

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Part of Highway 67 in Morgan County was blocked for more than eight hours Thursday due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck. It happened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Highway 67 and Hoyt Henry Road near Brewer High School.  We understand an 18-wheeler was headed north on 67 and collided with a Ford F-150. Thursday afternoon, traffic was still being re-routed around the scene where crews worked to clean up a fuel […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Councilman Kling breaks silence over Wiccan Invocation Controversy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Nearly a week to the day after the Huntsville City Council told a local Wiccan spiritual leader he could not give an invocation before their meeting due to “community fears,” District 4 Councilman Bill Kling says he had no clue about the situation until after we broke the story later on whnt.com. Kling spoke exclusively with WHNT Wednesday. He says since our story broke, he has received emails and phone calls from residents over the controversy. […]

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    Key community activisit in Huntsville school rezoning case speaks out

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — There are few community members more intimately involved in the decades old tug-of-war over school zone lines in Huntsville than Sonnie Hereford IV of Hereford v. Huntsville fame. Shortly after Sonnie Hereford IV turned 6 years old, he became the first black student in Alabama to integrate into public schools. Little did he know, more than 50 years later he would still be in the middle of a debate about segregation in Huntsville City Schools.  “I think just like the […]

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    DEVELOPING: National spotlight on Huntsville following Wiccan invocation controversy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Less than 24 hours after a Huntsville Wiccan priest was invited, then uninvited to give the invocation at city council Thursday night due to “community fears,” several national organizations are demanding the city apologize. Thousands of people have read and shared the story on social media, and Friday afternoon at least two major national advocacy groups confirmed they have sent letters to Huntsville city leaders. WHNT News 19 obtained two of those letters. Letter From American […]

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    Local Wiccan uninvited to give city council invocation due to ‘community fears’ (poll)

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – City Council chambers were filled with people Thursday evening for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntsville City Council. But missing from the crowd was Blake Kirk, who – up until Wednesday – had been asked to give the invocation. WHNT News 19 confirmed with Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion that Blake had been asked to give the invocation Thursday, but when the agenda was released publicly earlier this week, several council members received community concerns about ‘a […]